6 Tips for Throwing the Best First Birthday Party Ever

Congratulations! You’ve survived 365 days with a new, squirming bundle of joy occupying your every thought. That means, to properly celebrate their first year around the sun with you, this party is going to be just as much about you as it is about them.

At the same time, it also means that this is your very first chance to pick out oodles of cute decorations and bake miniature cupcakes that are sure to be smashed in delight by babies’ fists.

However, as with most things with babies, nothing turns out as you imagine it. So, to make this party as successful as your imagination paints it to be, here are six tips that will significantly improve the likelihood that your perfect fantasy becomes a reality.

1. Timing is Everything

It really is. With kids that young and parents who work, time is limited. Therefore, according to a very reliable source who has children of her own, it has been determined that 10:00 a.m. on the weekend is the best time to host a birthday party.

This way, you don’t have to serve snacks, no one is tired yet, and the kids don’t have to wait all day to go party. You know how impatient those kiddos can be…

2. Serve Booze

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If the thought of drinking at 10:00 a.m. is off-putting or you think that alcohol has no place at a children’s party, there are many who would agree. However, we will argue that alcohol absolutely has a place at your one-year-olds birthday bash. Furthermore, it is possible that first birthday parties are the express reason why mimosas were invented.

As previously noted, first birthday parties are also about the parents, and at your birthday party, wouldn’t you want a little adult juice? It’s not that we’re encouraging getting hammered here!

Alcohol is just a great way to speed up socialization and help parents relax. Besides, you made it a whole year with this new little dude or dudette. You earned a drink!

3. Serve Cake

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In life, there should always be cake. The great Marie Antoinette thought so too — case and point. Especially if it’s a child’s birthday, a cake should be front and center. It should also be festive, filled with wonder, and tasty.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go too big. Something simple will do. Just make sure it’s decorated.

4. Make Sure the Cake is Cute

Kids love an unnecessary amount of sprinkles, glitter, and confections. Naturally, if you combine them all together, your children will be on Cloud 9. To really up the ante though, let the kids decorate the cake (or cupcakes) themselves.

They will have a wonderful time, it will be a great outlet for their creative expression, and it also will save you time in the kitchen!

5. Get Inspired

Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on decorations for your child’s first birthday. Honestly, besides the photos that they see, they aren’t going to remember if it was superhero themed chaos in your backyard or a posh, educative experience held at the local children’s museum.

That being said, if you want your photos to look cute for posterity, here are a few inspirational links: Princess Party, Transportation Themed PartyWhere the Wild Things AreWinnie the Pooh, and Modern + Rustic.

6. Fail-Proof Plan

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If all else fails, you need to have a fall back plan. Thankfully, for a kid’s birthday party, the plan is simple. All you need are four things: Cake + Balloons + People + Activity. Seriously, it’s that easy and you can throw that together in a few hours time.

Bonus points if your activity doubles as a party favor or the cake itself.  You can do anything from simple coloring pages to decorating cupcakes to occupy the children and ensure a successful fiesta.

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