Long time ago, a stork was flying in the sky, coming back from its migratory journey, dangling a white cloth from its mouth that holds a very precious gift. The stork was gently delivering this gift to the chimney of a very blessed couple, and yes, you just guessed what it was…A Baby, your life changing gift. Though, the stork is a legend; your baby is real. And upon delivery, a very exceptional journey has just begun. With a lot of significant milestones along the road, the first 365 days of your baby’s life has always been noteworthy.
The 365 days of sleepless nights, hysterical crying, helplessness, and firefighting, the days that changed your life completely since the very first moment; the first eye contact, the first grip, and the first smile. A year that witnessed all the ups and downs and the creation of a unique bond. And now, as the year is coming to an end, it’s time to celebrate. The first birthday is not a recurring occasion that comes every while, it is a once in a lifetime event. So, take the time to celebrate this well-deserved occasion.
Your baby’s first birthday is your birthday as well, you, too, have turned one being a mommy, with all that it means to you; the memories, the blessings, the transformation, and the growth, all were part of this exceptional journey. Like all the mommies of the world, you, sure, would have your own way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday.
A Chinese Mom would consider her first baby’s birthday, a day to foretell the future of her baby. She would lay down plenty of objects in front of the baby, and closely examine the baby’s choice. If the baby chooses a book then she would grow up to become a teacher, if the baby chooses rice then she will become rich, if her choice was a calligraphy brush then she would be wise, but if it’s celery that she chooses, then she is a hard worker. A Hindu Mom would consider her baby’s first birthday a social event; inviting half the town in to eat, drink and celebrate. Everyone is welcome to stay in late, even if the baby went to sleep right after the party has just started. Another important tradition for Hindus is to shave the baby’s head on her first birthday, symbolizing the renewal of her soul, as hair carries the bad stuff from the past life. A Japanese Mom would make an interesting sweetened rice cake for the birthday, however to her, the third birthday is more important than the first, because long ago children died before the age of three. When her baby reaches three, the family goes to a shrine to thank God for blessing their baby with health and strength. A Deutsch Mom would consider it bad luck to celebrate her baby’s first birthday on a day different from the actual birthday. An Australian Mom would bake “fairy bread” for breakfast- a dish made of white bread with butter and sprinkles on top. A Mom from Ghana would prepare for her baby’s first birthday a day earlier, by soaking a special leaf overnight in water to wash her baby with, on the next day. This cleansing ritual is intended to purify the soul. Then, the birthday is very festive with a long guest list, a huge table of food and guests wearing white clothes. However, if you are a Sudanese Mom living in the country, you might not celebrate your baby’s birthday at all.
No matter where you come from, while you are planning your baby’s first birthday party make sure you invite all your journey in.
No one knows your baby as you do; by the end of the first year, your baby might have started to stand alone and take some solo steps, sit alone, grow interest in exploring the world with her tiny fingers and little mouth, and still naps. Music and sounds are interesting to your baby, as well as scribbling on papers, and messing around with food. However, a lot of unfamiliar faces could be overwhelming to them so watch out. And while there are plenty of ideas that you can do to make this birthday memorable, your baby, most probably, won’t remember much about it, as their long-term memories haven’t fully matured yet. But nevertheless, make the celebration worthwhile for both you and your baby.
There are plenty of ideas for your baby’s first birthday party, but one size doesn’t fit all. While some ideas could be very appealing to some, others might not like it at all. And since this specific birthday is a very special event, pick what makes you feel comfortable and satisfied.
Although the birthday and its details could be overwhelming, but knowing what you are looking for, will take you half way. Remember, you survived the big deal. Putting first things first; the important elements that characterize a birthday and require your attention are; the cake, the guests, the food, the decoration, the theme, the invitations and the cost. For a first birthday, it’s advisable to make it warm and small, invite your close family members and friends, as your baby is still uncomfortable around strangers. If kids and other babies are among the guests, you need to include them in your plan.
And while some parents choose to throw an expensive birthday party, the trend nowadays is back to planning simple and cost effective birthdays. Starting from the invitations, going through the decoration, the theme, the food and the cake, parents prefer to keep it personal and simple.
As for the invitations, food and cake, they all depend on the theme you choose for your baby’s first birthday. The floor is open to ideas:
Table of Contents
- 1. The Fairy Tale Theme:
- 2. Rainbow Theme:
- 3. Play-Doh Theme:
- 4. Disney Theme:
- 5. Cowboy/Cowgirl Theme:
- 6. Up Theme:
- 7. Dancing Party:
- 8. Nutella Theme:
- 9. Costume Party:
- 10. Harry Potter Theme:
- 11. Little Mermaid Theme:
- 12. Mad Science Theme:
- 13. Pizza Party:
While we are old to believe in fairy tales, we are never old to enjoy a fairy tale themed party. Unleash your imagination and creativity as much as you want. Whether it is Snow White’s apple, fairies, unicorns, Cinderella’s cart, magical doors, sparkling glasses, chandeliers, or magical flowers, the castle is all yours to renovate.
2. Rainbow Theme:
Nothing is as joyful as rainbows, kids love it and we love it too. A rainbow cake, rainbow balloons, rainbow party table, rainbow letters, rainbow dress, rainbow paint, rainbow napkins, rainbow glasses, rainbow flowers, and rainbow giveaways. A rainbow themed birthday will sure make everyone happy.
Your baby as well as other kids love to mess around and use their hands to do the mess. Nothing is as interesting to them as play-doh. With play-doh like cake, cookies and a lot of play-doh everywhere, try to specify an area for messing around, so that you won’t end up spending the rest of the week cleaning.
The old classic that is never old. Disney has and will always be the core of childhood. Whether it is a classical Disney theme that you choose like Beauty and the Beast, Winey the Pooh, Lion King, Pocahontas, The Jungle Book, or a more modern theme like Nemo, Cars or Ratatouille, your Disney birthday party is a birthday to remember.
5. Cowboy/Cowgirl Theme:
Cowboys have always been captivating with their horse, rope, boot, belt, hat, and outfit. Starting with your baby’s costume, the birthday cake, to the wall decoration as well as the invitations, the cowboy themed party will have you from hello.
Who doesn’t want a house that flies because of the balloons attached to it, or at least if you can’t have the house, it’s good to have the “Up Party”. A very important item in the up party is the photo session corner; a little designed escape house just for the kids to pose and smile. Don’t forget the cake and the balloons all over the house.
7. Dancing Party:
After YouTube and experience have proven that babies are good performers, it is a good idea to set a stage and prepare some funny dancing costumes for your baby and the other babies to impress you. A must consider idea, as the hilarious skills to perform at the age of one are not to be missed. And of course, take plenty of shots and videos and maybe send the tickets to your guests to attend this once in a lifetime performance.
What can make a baby happier than a jar of Nutella and an unsupervised opportunity. I guess nothing. After a year of hard work in growing up and becoming one, your baby deserves it. Be brave and allow your baby and the other kids this unsupervised opportunity and don’t forget the cake.
9. Costume Party:
Peter pan, Sindbad, Elssa, a pilot, a doctor, or a butterfly. Pick the suitable costume for your baby and let the other babies decide how to show up too.
10. Harry Potter Theme:
An important event is taking place in the Hogwarts castle today, your baby’s birthday. The wand, the hat, the floating candles, the Hogwarts invitations, the photo frame, the magical letters, the costume, and the flying brooms, enjoy the Harry Potter birthday.
The sea weed is always greener in somebody else’s lake, but if you throw a little Mermaid themed party, the grass will be greener in your house. With purple, blue and green as the main theme colors, the Mermaid costume, the ocean’s fish, the star fish, the manta ray, Ariel, Eric, Sebastian& Flounder sitting on top of the birthday cake, and Ariel’s collection box, just turn your house into an undersea fantasy and enjoy the memories.
12. Mad Science Theme:
You might have discovered your baby’s potential for exploration and experimentation, then a science birthday party could be just for her. The flask, the glasses, Einstein hair, the microscope, the coloured liquids, and the coloured slime, use the magic of science to create attention-grabbing experiments for kids and make the birthday fun as well as useful. Unleash the scientist within your baby.
If you want an unusual birthday party, throw a pizza birthday party. Replace the cake with a giant pizza, and use the sauce, vegetables, and cheese for your decorations. Give each kid an apron of his own, a chef’s hat, and some playful pizza ingredients to mess around with, and keep your camera ready.
Besides Which Theme You Would Choose, Keep the Following in Mind:
· Make this birthday party memorable. Take a lot of pictures and videos of that day. You might want to organize different setups for taking the best possible shots for your baby and everyone else.
· Design a “Feel Free to Mess Around” area for your baby and others to take their energy out and do what could be, in other days, unacceptable.
· Specify a corner to be the “Unleash Your Creativity” corner; cover up one of your walls with drawing paper and put coloured pencils for everyone to enjoy.
· Buy different coloured paint that is children friendly and ask all kids to make a coloured hand print on a piece of cloth that you can hang in your baby’s room later as a memory from his first birthday.
· And of course, the irresistible baby’s smash cake is a no miss birthday item.
· Babies love balloons, so spread coloured balloons everywhere.
· Plan some special moments with your baby on that day; a special dance with her, a special photo session for you two, a video for all your captured memories together, a special birthday costume for both of you. The floor is open for innovation.
And as you do all that, keep in mind not to be too occupied as your baby still needs your undivided attention. Plan the birthday around the nap time of your baby as well as the other invited babies.
Yes, your baby might not remember the events from her first birthday but give her something to remember it with. And don’t forget to have a blast yourself as well.