How time flies!Looking back, what a year it has been after you became parents to an angel! Taking care, nurturing and nourishing, and growing as a family, it has been a beautiful journey. As the newest most special day of your life completes a turn of year, celebrate the first birthday magic. You need to make it a memorable one.
Obviously, the baby is too young to remember the birthday now (maybe), but after a few years, your kid would just love to see the photos! Oh yes, keep your video camera all charged up. You have a precious keepsake for life to record. That said; check out some amazing first birthday party ideas for the baby featured below.
First, make sure the baby is comfortable
This should be a priority. In any arrangement you make, ensure comfort for your baby.
- First, plan the party in tune with your baby’s schedule. If she is used to a nap around 2 p.m. skip the lunch idea and opt for a high tea party
- You will probably have a havan, puja or a temple visit planned, make it swift and easy for your baby and do not tire her out. Try not to fit too many activities in a single day.
- Remember, the star of the show is the little one, so keep the party brief and short, lest your baby becomes cranky and irritable on her big day
- If you think too many guests may make your baby feel confused, limit the number of invitations
- You will definitely need a babysitter or a helping hand for the big day. You won’t be able to be with your darling all the time, so it is important that someone is always close. Most Indian families are big and there is always an elder to look after your baby when you are not around. Usually, the grandma of the baby plays a pivotal role in caring for her grand-child
- The birthday dress should be comfortable. Make it extravagant, but no compromise on comfort
Set the venue
You can arrange the event at your apartment or hire a suitable venue. Though your baby would feel most secure in her own home and amongst familiar faces, it would be best if you hosted the party for some special people and at home. However, if you plan to throw a lavish party, you will need to hire a special venue. Special venues for children’s events are also available with all those favorite cartoons painted on the walls. You will need to contact an event manager because there will be a lot of things to do. You know the routine; balloons, ribbons, colorful backgrounds and all that.
- If the venue is not at your home, make sure that there is a quiet arrangement for getting the baby to sleep. Birthdays are hectic with all the commotion, music, colors, and happiness! Your little one may feel tired, hug your neck, yawn, and rest her head on your shoulder. Time to sleep it is!
- Backgrounds are kind of important for good photos. The attention of decking with ribbons usually goes to the roofs, and walls are neglected
- Avoid the use of any hazardous material for decoration. Use foil balloons instead of the latex ones
- There should be plenty of open space because children would need the space to be children
- Good venues also have separate spaces for dining and attending guests
- You will need to do advance bookings to make sure the place is available
- Instead of ribbons, you can also contact the florist for seasonal flowers. It is a very good idea because the beauty of flowers is symbolic of a child’s pure innocence
Food and Return Gifts
- The birthday cake should be healthy and fit to give to a baby. You may want to avoid too many food color additives on the cake
- Look into the dining arrangements. You may need to have separate menus for children and grownups. Avoid spicy food for the kids. Keep plenty of toffees and chocolates. You can also bake the birthday cake yourself
- Most babies this age will have some teeth, but do keep the younger, toothless babies in mind. Stock up finger foods (which would be great for adults as one) and also keep idli’s, purees, soups and milkshakes. Keep water, milk and diluted fruit juices to be offered to babies
- If you are serving lunch or dinner to your adult guests, make sure they do not pose a choking hazard for your little guests. Avoid peanuts, dry fruits and raisins or fruits with seeds. Throw in some pizzas and burgers instead