A child’s first birthday is a wondrous event. It is the first important milestone in a youngster’s life. There are some points to keep in mind if you want your child’s celebration to be fun and memorable.
The first point is that most one-year-olds do not have as much tolerance for large groups as an adult might prefer. One good idea with this in mind is to plan your baby’s first birthday celebration to include your family, or a small number of other children. Your baby will gain more enjoyment from interacting with a very small group of people, rather than dozens of guests.
Another important point is the shorter attention-span of a one-year-old. Although some people love parties which continue on for many hours, it is better to refrain from this practice for your baby’s first birthday. He and his guests can have plenty of fun in one or two hours, without him becoming overly-excited or tired. When he is alert and focused, he will be having a good time.
While theme parties are great for older children, a one-year-old is too young to appreciate it. The simplest party is a grand celebration for a small child. When there are special refreshments and gifts, with him as the center of attention, it will indeed be a great day for him.
Many parents make the mistake of planning children’s birthday parties with themselves in mind. They want the day to be perfect, and go overboard with a large number of guests, too many refreshments, and too much to do. The younger a child is, the less likely he will be to be delighted with this arrangement. Small and simple is the best way to go for a first birthday party.
Creating memories is another point of birthday parties. As your one-year-old will not remember much about his party very long after that special day, the more memories you can preserve, the nicer it will be for him to look back on in years to come. A camera or camcorder is essential. Keeping cards and gift wrap is another way of preserving memories.
Many parents these days realize the health benefits of limiting sweets. However, a birthday party is an exception. While you should not overdo, a birthday cake, ice cream, and other treats are a standard birthday fare. Even a one-year-old will delight in a piece of his first birthday cake. Contrary to popular belief, a one-year-old can enjoy eating a piece of birthday cake much more than playing in it.
The hour or two which you, the other members of your family, and other guests focus on your one-year-old will make him feel as if he is the king of the universe. He will know that he is something extra-special. If you resist the urge to go overboard with details, his first milestone will indeed be a grand event. It will be all that you hope it will be, and more, on his special day.