Congratulations! You now have a toddler (or a pre-toddler if they’re not quite walking yet)! Your baby is growing up. Baby’s first birthday holds many different emotions for mommy. It’s baby’s first big milestone, so moms tend to feel nostalgic about their baby’s birth and first year of growth and life! Following these emotions comes the stress of planning their first birthday party. In this Pinterest day and age, moms are competing to throw the very best parties. It’s important to realize that there is no need to put that kind of pressure on yourself at a time when you should actually be enjoying your child’s first birthday.
The key to throwing awesome first birthday parties is keeping your stress level low. Here are some practical tips to help you stay organized and have fun!
Choose a theme.
Choosing a theme helps keep you focused when you’re planning and executing your vision for the party. Ladies, let’s get real for a second. This is your kid’s first birthday party. Not their wedding. Keep it simple and do what makes you happy. After all, they’re turning one and probably won’t remember any of it. The decorations are more for you and for pictures. A theme can be as simple as a color scheme. My original plan for my baby’s first birthday party was to base the theme on one of my favorite children’s books. I realized that in order to execute such a theme, I would have to go out of my way to buy expensive decor and potentially make a lot of it. I changed my mind and chose a shape: stars. We ended up doing a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star theme. Whimsical? Yes. Easy? YES!
Create a picture-worthy background.
One of the most important things you will do at first birthday parties is take pictures! Choose a spot in your home that has good lighting. Make sure guests won’t be standing directly in front of a window for pictures. Your best bet is to choose a large wall in a room with a lot of natural light. I chose to drape streamers from ceiling to floor behind the dessert table and hung the Happy Birthday banner on the streamers. When it was time to take pictures, I placed the cake on the table along with both adult and kid friendly desserts. Then I pulled the table out to allow guests to stand behind the table against the streamer backdrop to pose for pictures with our one year old. Since I was prepared, the family photos turned out great and I know I’ll always cherish them!
Focus on celebrating both your child and you.
Don’t get too caught up in the party planning aspect. This is a celebration. Your baby is one year old – let yourself enjoy this moment! As you already know, they grow up so fast. Also, pat yourself on the back – it is also your “birth” day! Whatever your birth story entails, you worked hard to bring your baby into the world.
Don’t worry if the food gets cold, don’t pay attention to whiny relatives, and don’t forget to eat some cake. Relax and soak it all in – after all, your baby only gets one first birthday!