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Suggestions for Restaurants for baby's first birthday party [Baden/Zurich]

My baby girl is turning 1 in July, and I am completely clueless on what to do for her birthday! I'm freaking out actually!

We are planning on just inviting a few friends and family over, maybe 20 guests, so wanted your suggestions on a restaurant around the Baden/Zurich area who have good seating area for an event as well. Roughly what does the rent range from for maybe occupying their space for 2 hours?

Any suggestions helpful. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Suggestions for Restaurants for baby's first birthday party [Baden/Zurich]

First of all, happy birthday to your daughter!

I haven't got any restaurant suggestions, just a more general one: do you think there's any chance of trimming the guest list? 20 people seems like a huge party for a 1-year-old. My babies are nearly that age as well, and so I am trying to imagine such a party from their perspective. It seems to me that it will probably be noisy, certainly an unfamiliar environment, people will be coming over and trying to raise a smile from her constantly, etc. In short I would be concerned that she may find it all overwhelming. And in a restaurant your options if she does are also rather restricted, e.g. you can't retreat to a familiar place like her bedroom to help her calm down.

Of course you know your child best - maybe large gatherings outside the home are totally the norm for your family, and she's already been to so many that you feel confident she won't turn a hair. If not though, I would seriously think twice about either the guest list or the setting. It would be a shame for such a joyous occasion to become something she didn't enjoy as well.
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Re: Suggestions for Restaurants for baby's first birthday party [Baden/Zurich]

Thank so much for your reply. To be honest with you, this was my concern as well for our daughter. But my husband wanted to make it a big party, since she's a very special baby, had her after a tragic miscarriage.

Yes I guess we both have to keep her needs and comfort first.
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Re: Suggestions for Restaurants for baby's first birthday party [Baden/Zurich]

Possibly it is normal custom in your culture to arrange a big gathering in a restaurant for your child's first birthday, but personally, taking the viewpoint of the guest of honour (the child), I wouldn't do it. She won't remember it, and it will be very stressful for her (and you). And I'm oretty sure it's not current practice here either; at least it's not where my husband and I come from (Norway and Canada).

What we did when the Troll turned 1? We invited a friends who had kids about the same age over for cakes at our place. No family as mine is in Canada and his lived 4 hours away. It was happily chaotic, with toddlers everywhere on the floor and parents trying to have a conversation while keeping an eye on their offspring. I made 3 cakes, one of them not too sweet so the babies could have a taste.

By all means I'm not one of those mother's who go child crazy, but I've found out that social gatherings are a lot more fun for me if I try to make them manageable for mini-me (or if I "dope" him with the iPad, but for a 1-year ild it might not work...).

What about a picnic gathering in a park with a nice Spielplatz? There was a birthday party at Artergut (Kreis 7) today, it seemed very cosy. You bring drinks and food, kids can run around and the parents can chat. When the baby is tired she can sleep in her stroller.

Or you could always do brunch, if you really want a restaurant thing. It will be expensive though, but it should be child-friendly enough.
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Re: Suggestions for Restaurants for baby's first birthday party [Baden/Zurich]

I have it on good authority from many senior bankers that it is traditional to do 1 Michelin star per year.
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Re: Suggestions for Restaurants for baby's first birthday party [Baden/Zurich]

In Korean culture the first birthday is very important, it's one of the big 3, the others being marrige and 60th birthday.

The OP is Indian, maybe same culture, although the guests are usualy family, maybe in this case family too difficult so go with friends.

I think the culture comes from the parents celebrate the fact the baby has survived for at least a year, so all should be ok from now on, and from another post by the OP, i see things nearly didn't turn out so good.

It is more tradition now than fact as most babies do survive, but traditions arte hard to kill off, just look at the UK !!

Have a big party and enjoy it !
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