Birthdays are wonderful experiences; especially when you are little, you can’t wait for them to arrive. The cake, the celebrations, partying with friends and family stays with you until you no longer wish to have another birthday. However if it is your kid’s first birthday, you might want to remember some facts so as to not to disappoint them.
A party is a must!
Of course an actual, real “party” is not a must. But some kind of a celebration is called for. No one will turn one or any other number twice, and “one” is that is the tender age where one just starts to understand things. If they don’t get a birthday party, but everyone else in the kindergarten do, it might affect them. So prepare for a small party at home, bake or buy a cake, maybe it can be the number 1, invite a few people and get some nibbles. There is no need to put up a big show; even a small celebration to show that you care suffices. For a special 1 year old birthday gifts, you can order a personalised jigsaw puzzle with the baby’s name or favourite cartoon character. Do try to use relevant and light décor, there is no need to hang everything you used for last Christmas.
Be careful of additions
Other parties will have things such as balloons for decors, goody bags with little items in it for party guests, i.e. other babies, and party hats. But remember your child as well as the guests are still too young for these stuffs. Especially be careful with things that can turn out to be choking hazards. Since these little gestures will end up on the floor anyway, best is to use some ungrabbable things for fun. You can play videos and music, kids can dance or just watch. Or play some games like peek-a-boo or hide-and-seek. It is always best to be safer than sorry.
Once it is all done…
Help the baby open the gifts. They might not know what to do with some of them, and do not understand some! Anyway, you can keep personalised childrens books and some toys for future use too. It is great if they have gotten a wooden toy box so you can store the toys; even if not you can buy one for them. It will definitely come in handy in the future too. Also one made of wood is preferable than a plastic box, as kids tend to munch on anything they see at this age.
Don’t forget to video the event. Surely it will be a lot of chaos but, then again, what kid event is not! Your children can watch it themselves one day and laugh about how silly you can be when you are just one year old.