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Old 26.05.2011, 01:24
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Baby's First Birthday

It's my little girl's first birthday in June and I'm thinking... what can I do to celebrate it?

We will have a birthday dinner with her grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins for sure, but I was thinking maybe a little party with some of her miniature mates from the garderie...

I know they're just so young, but she's alway really happy to see them when she goes to the garderie and I thought how cute it would be to have all the little ones together! So, does anyone have any experience of doing something like that for their little ones first birthday? If so, what did you do?

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Old 26.05.2011, 02:37
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Re: Baby's First Birthday

Its a really nice idea, i made to my little boy a party with the mickey mouse image everywhere. we were in mexico and all my family and friends with little babys were invited, we had a little plaground adapted for babys, we rented higchairs for the number of babys invited etc.

Maybe you could talk to the playgroup leader and ask if she let you make the party there so you dont have to rent local and all your guests will be there

Good luck and make tons of pics, your girl will love them when she grows, i still treasure my party photoalbums, my mom made me a diferent disney princess every year
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Re: Baby's First Birthday

I have never had a kids party for my childs 1st birthday. My personal opinion is they are too young to appreciate the time and money spent on it.

For my eldest child's 1st birthday we did a naming ceremony. We aren't religious but I wanted to do something to acknowledge his birth. We also doubled this with a farewell party as we were moving to Australia a month later. We didn't live near family so this was a perfect way of seeing everyone before we left the country.

I also think that for a first birthday they don't need presents. Again my opinion is that they don't appreciate them. For the naming ceremony we asked that in lieu of presents we wanted everyone to bring some words of wisdom for our son for when he was older. We have put this into a beautiful album to give to him when he is 20/21 (or older if need be! )

For the other 3 we have had a party with cake and party food but the party has been for family friends (mainly the adults). As we weren't near family our friends became our family. The 1st birthday party was to acknowledge and thank our friends (family) for all of their help, support, advice and love to us over the babies 1st year.

With our last child we asked, again in lieu of presents, photos of our friends and their family. We have put these into an album and will be able to show our son the people who were important in his (and our) life while we lived in Switzerland.

This is just my 2 cents worth.
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Re: Baby's First Birthday

I did have a first birthday party for my first child. We had about 10 mummies and 10 kids (no twins) all about 1 year old.
I made a cake and fruit salad, but that was it. No games or decorations, just a general get-together.
Effectively just a coffee afternoon with a candle.
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Do it if you want to, sure, but honestly, I think two parties might be annoying, for such a wee baby...I would invite those few baby friends either to the family get together, it is nice to mix friends and family, anyways, or not really have another party for babes, but just get together with a few moms in a cafe/your kitchen. You would organize this for the pics and your own feelings, anyways, they keep no memories of this. I'd do a picknick get together, few family members and a few baby friends. I don't really get the family/friends separation that you often see going on here. Just realize, two separate parties will cost you an amount that you can use for a couple of nice, meaningful things your baby will need.
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Re: Baby's First Birthday

I wanted to have a party for my little boy's first, but not spend a lot. I did homemade pizza and cupcakes. I made the dough in the bread machine ahead of time, and divided it up into plastic bags to store. I bought toppings at Aldi and cut them ahead of time. For cake, I made white cupcakes with chocolate frosting. I got cheap decorations, filled his room with balloons (really filled), put out toys and away we went. Families made their own pizzas, kids decorated the cupcakes with sprinkles.
It was hectic, but fun and we have great pics and memories. I had a mixed crowd, single friends with no kids, neighbours, friends with kids and it really worked because the kids were the focus.
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Old 26.05.2011, 22:03
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Re: Baby's First Birthday

Thanks alot for the replies! I am too in the agreement that it shouldn't be a big fuss with money or presents and sure she might not remember it, but for the moment I really enjoy that she likes others company, and thought it would be a cool idea to get out all of her little toys for all the kids to enjoy.

I like the idea of wat Rangatiranui said.. a coffee afternoon with a candle!

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Do it if you want to, sure, but honestly, I think two parties might be annoying, for such a wee baby...I would invite those few baby friends either to the family get together, it is nice to mix friends and family, anyways, or not really have another party for babes, but just get together with a few moms in a cafe/your kitchen. You would organize this for the pics and your own feelings, anyways, they keep no memories of this. I'd do a picknick get together, few family members and a few baby friends. I don't really get the family/friends separation that you often see going on here. Just realize, two separate parties will cost you an amount that you can use for a couple of nice, meaningful things your baby will need.
Thanks MusicChick, it's in no way going to be a big extravaganza which costs a lot, I was thinking for food make some quality nibbles for the little ones all fresh and not expensive and again some home-made cakes or nibbles for the adults!

I couldn't really have famiy and friends in one go, firstly for the fact that our place isn't big enough (just for close family there'll be 14 of us), plus when I see my nieces and nephews I like to spend time with them, with so many kids it would be hectic!

My little will be in no way annoyed... it's going to be nothing more than a couple of hours, she's used to that at the garderie, as for family, again she's used to her older cousins around her.

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I wanted to have a party for my little boy's first, but not spend a lot. I did homemade pizza and cupcakes. I made the dough in the bread machine ahead of time, and divided it up into plastic bags to store. I bought toppings at Aldi and cut them ahead of time. For cake, I made white cupcakes with chocolate frosting. I got cheap decorations, filled his room with balloons (really filled), put out toys and away we went. Families made their own pizzas, kids decorated the cupcakes with sprinkles.
It was hectic, but fun and we have great pics and memories. I had a mixed crowd, single friends with no kids, neighbours, friends with kids and it really worked because the kids were the focus.
That sounds like a great party, think I'll do something like that in future years though. Want something a lot more 'tranquil' for the amount of space we have!
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I read somewhere (Babycentre.co.uk, I think) that the general guideline is that you invite as many children to a party as your child has in years (i.e., if they are four years old you invite only four children and so on). Obviously if the parents of the children are also invited, then it doesn't matter so much.

For my son's first birthday party, we just invited family and a few friends (plus associated parents) from his nursery.
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