Any child’s first year is full of remarkable achievements and memorable moments, and this is the reason that so many families make a big fuss over the 1st birthday. Quite often this is a party more geared towards the other family members than the child simply because a one year-old isn’t likely to be very aware of the efforts that went into the arrangements. So, what are some creative 1st birthday party ideas that can involve the whole family equally? Generally, the very best will work around the established schedule of the child in order to be assured a success.
For example, if your child has a very well established nap time, it is not a good idea to schedule the party to occur during this time. Additionally, you need to consider the time line that the child will function best through. Many 1st birthdays will only last around two hours because this helps to keep the child happier than if it were an all day affair.
Does this mean that a family barbecue shouldn’t be considered among the 1st birthday party ideas? Not at all, it just means that no expectations over a two hour time span should be placed upon the child whose birthday it is. What this adds up to is the need to keep 1st birthday party ideas within reason, and easy to incorporate into a larger group affair.
So, some great 1st birthday party ideas include only a half of an hour of group activity such as singing, playing games, or enjoying parent and child interaction. This would be a good way to include the one year-olds’ friends and peers. It is also a good idea to choose party supplies that reflect one of the child’s favorite characters. While it might mean something as familiar as Winnie the Pooh or Mickey Mouse, it might also mean a more general idea such as teddy bears, farm animals, cars, or balloons. Many parents think it would be great to hire a costumed “character” to make an appearance, but for a vast majority of children only a year old this is often just too overwhelming and leads to tears instead of laughter.
It is also wise to keep the child in a familiar location. This can mean right in their own backyard, or somewhere they happen to spend a great deal of time and that they will recognize. A local park or toddler’s splash pool is a good idea if there are plenty of adults to join in on the fun as well.