Throwing a 1st birthday party

Advice on making sure that big 1st birthday party goes smoothly.


An amazing 100% of parents interviewed for a survey by said they found preparing their baby’s first birthday party stressful – but it doesn’t have to be.


We asked the website’s founder Allison Graham for advice on making sure the big day goes smoothly:

1. Always write ‘You and your child’ on invitations, so parents know you’d like them to stick around. Otherwise you could end up entertaining a dozen babies singlehanded. Yikes!

2. Invite a couple of friends round to help out. 

3. Food-wise, stick to easy-to-eat finger foods like pieces of cheese and fruit. Mini sandwiches cut into fun shapes are always a hit.

4. have a pack of wet wipes to hans at all times. 

5. Organise a few easy, safe games. Paper cups of different colours make great building blocks. Balloons are en endless source of fun.

6. Create a memory book for the birthdy baby by asking parents to write down special moments from the party or the last year.

7. Keep it short – no longer than a couple of hours.

8. Instead of party bags, why not send each child a personalised placemat afterwards? Simply get each child to do painted handprints on a piece of paper, then take them to your nearest print shop to be laminated.


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