Marking Milestones: Baby's 1st Birthday (& Birthday in a Box Giveaway!)
If you haven’t started doing so already, parenting is all about marking milestones. Even in your pregnancy you’ve probably noted the first kick you felt, when you found out the gender of your baby and so on. And it doesn’t stop, from first coo to first crawl and from first tooth to first words, you’ll be marking your child’s milestones and making fond memories all the way through college. But first comes a very big milestone, baby’s first birthday!
Trust me, the first year goes by in lightning speed, so it’s never too early to start thinking about that first birthday party. Who am I kidding? You’ve probably planned it in your head already. Right? Well, since first birthdays come quicker than you can imagine, I’m providing some great tips from online retailer Birthday in a Box, to help you out. In addition, Lifetime Moms readers can shop using this link for an instant 20% discount at checkout.
Now, when it comes to first birthdays there are pretty much two schools of thought. The moms who go all out—book the pony, clown, inflatable bounce, popcorn maker, snow cone machine and costumed character all for the baby who sleeps through the whole thing. Or better yet, cries through the whole thing. Even worse, if you start off with that kind of celebration, where do you go for year two? By the time the kid is five you’ll have to book Celine Dion or worse, Lady Gaga just to top your last party.
And then there’s the “keep-it-simple” approach. Aahhhhh, my favorite approach in life. First birthdays are so special that sometimes a more intimate gathering of friends and family is often the best way to go. Either way, there are a few things you will need to decide, such as where you will have the party and your guest list.
Remember, even if you were the kind of gal who could whip up a fab dinner party in three days in your pre-mommy life, planning with a young baby can be more challenging. Give yourself enough time. You should send out your invitations and have your menu and party theme planned at least four weeks in advance to avoid any mommy meltdowns. Also, think about asking a friend or babysitter to help out at the party.
Here are a few other tips from the party experts at Birthday in a Box:
- Choose a location for the party that is familiar to your child. This could be your own home, a grandparent’s home, or a park you visit frequently.
- The best time of day for a baby’s birthday party is immediately after naptime. A well-rested baby is much more likely to enjoy a party full of lots of noise and excitement.
Birthday in a Box makes birthday party planning easy from personalized invitations and party goods, to plates, cups and balloons to make your party special. They have some of my favorite party patterns and some amazing party planning, decorating and food ideas just for first birthdays.