If you have a little one (or know somebody who does) chances are you already know that a child’s 1st birthday party is a big deal for parents, family, and friends alike. There are many reasons why this may be the case â from tradition to the celebration of a child’s infancy while welcoming them to their childhood.
If you are planning a 1st birthday party, venue can be one of the biggest decisions that you make. The fact of the matter is that while you are looking for someplace that is attractive to a bunch of one year olds, you generally have quite a few older kids to consider and their parents as well. Space is a big deal, so if you don’t have enough of it at home, chances are you are going to have to look elsewhere. Many a 1st birthday party is held at parks or zoos, as they have enough room to accommodate whomever may be invited, and the tools to entertain them as well.
Because most of us will never remember our 1st birthday party, it is important to keep a good photographic memory of the event for your album or scrapbook. Depending on your finances, you may opt to hire a professional photographer to document the day. A good alternative to a professional is to hand out inexpensive little disposable cameras as party favors and ask your guests to snap pictures â then have them leave the cameras behind. You can then have the film developed and even digitized to record and share the events of the day as everyone saw them.
A couple more things to consider when planning a 1st birthday party are entertainment and (perhaps most importantly) the cake. There are a range of entertainment options to consider (when was the last time a 1 year old was truly entertained, anyway?) and you will just have to pick the one that works best for your needs and budget. As for the cake, you can generally get one at any local bakery â but plan ahead for personalization. Many bakeries even offer a free, tiny 1st birthday cake for your little one to smash.