Perfect 1st birthday gift: I
usually give something that my daughter loved at that age, such as
an instrument set that comes in a drum, a set of wooden alphabet
blocks or a little tea set for a girl.
Food and dessert: I think a
first birthday party is definitely more about the adults, so I try
to select a menu that appeals to them with options for the kids.
Last year we had Big Star Taco cater our daughter's birthday party
and it was a lot of fun. I am a huge Dairy Queen fan, so I also
ordered individual cups of soft serve and had a topping bar for
everyone to make their own sundae.
Theme and venue: A theme
definitely makes it a little easier to hone in on the décor. It
could really be anything from something your child loves (a
favorite character, book or song) to something less specific, such
as a color scheme or concept. We had a Mexican fiesta-themed party
for our last birthday party that started off with a handmade
invitation to set the tone. I also love to have something for the
guests to put on right away to get in the spirit, so I had
sombreros and maracas waiting at the front door.
Top tips: Hire or assign a
photographer. Your child definitely won't remember their first
birthday party, so I think it's important to capture the occasion.
Plan the timing of the event around your child's schedule. A
well-rested child is key.