Your new little bundle is not so new anymore, and a first birthday celebration can be a fine excuse to go overboard on the party planning. But the big day, it doesn’t need to be extravagant, budget-breaking, or overwhelming for baby. Here’s a look at inexpensive and creative ideas for your child’s first:
Have your cake, and eat it too! Fancy birthday cakes are important for hungry guests, but they also make the most touching photo memories. To keep things simple and healthier for baby, consider forgoing the triple-layer chocolate buttercream dream in favor of a carrot or applesauce cake with homemade frosting. (You can make the guest of honor their own mini-cake, perfect for licking, poking, and rubbing through their hair!)
Keep gifting under control. Your barely a yearling has little need for spendy gadgets and a closet full of gear. Give your friends and family a year off from overspending, by implementing a "no gift" or "small gift only" policy. Those who wish to contribute on behalf of the little blessing can be given collection envelopes to a local charity or community project in their invitations. There will be plenty of time to spoil your prince or princess during the next 19 years!
Home is where the heart is. Nothing can be more frightening to an infant than a room full of people in a very strange place. By skipping the amusement park, indoor play center, or go-kart pavilion, you can provide the birthday boy or girl with calmness and comfort on their big day. If you crave a little excitement and laughter, plan the party close to naptime, and have a "big kids and adults" movie showing, board game marathon, or evening potluck with cocktails when baby falls asleep. Who said you can’t have fun once the baby comes?
Any party that honors your newest addition and allows for freedom and flexibility is a good kind of party to have. By keeping things trouble-free, you guarantee that everyone, including Mommy, can enjoy the special day!
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