Its nearing your baby’s first revolution around the sun, and you know that grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends alike are expecting a great party, but coming up with ideas for the theme and how to execute it may be a little bit of a struggle. Here are some cute and simple ways to ensure fun is had by all be they one or one hundred.
Sugar and Spice. This theme is actually pretty simple. Start by googling the “What Little Girls are Made Of” poem – you will be surprised by how many different versions of this poem there are, choose one you like and include it on the invitations. You can also glue white chunky glitter to the invitations (to look like sugar) and using a Q-Tip add a dot of cinnamon oil (from your local candle shop or hobby store.) Decorate with Candy Garlands, take several feet of Glad Wrap and lay a piece of candy every few inches – tie with a pink or purple ribbons. Put a few cinnamon sticks on the stove to help get the spice theme across. If your having multiple tables name each table after a spice: cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, cumin, etc. Instead of sprinkling confetti on centerpieces sprinkle candy. Include games like the Spice Drop Relay Race (holding a spice drop on a spoon like you would an egg), Pin the Lollipop on the Stick, Guess How Many Candy’s are in a Jar, and a Bubble Gum Blowing Contest. Include foods like spice cake, salsa and chips, a wide variety of candy, cinnamon rolls, garlic bread, cotton candy, etc, any of your favorite spicy or sugary foods. For favors do candy for the kids and a small bottle of your favorite spice for the adults.
I Won / I’m One. This ones great for the Dad that can’t stand the idea of more pink or girly-girl. The whole theme is based around the play on word “won and one.” This theme can be adapted around a single sport, multiple sports, or the Olympics. Style your invites after a trophy, you can include a cute little gimmicky phrase like, “_____ is turning One, we’d Win if you could join us in celebrating it!” Encourage your guests to wear their favorite sports team jerseys. Decorate your house with sports memorabilia, baseball mitts, the Olympic rings, etc. (To make it more girlie include things like hair ribbons and ballet slippers as well.) You could even put on a game on TV to lend to the atmosphere. For snacks think about what would be available at the “big game.” Hot dogs, peanuts, pretzels, crackerjacks, cotton candy, lemonade, soda. The games can be based on real games if you have the space, or the basketball hoop etc. Or you can modify them by doing a relay, include: basketball (by throwing a ball in a laundry basket), baseball (by spinning around the end of a bat and running the “bases”), football (playing catch with a water balloon). Or you can try playing any sport on your hands and knees to help remind the party who its all about. For favors most party stores sell trophy’s and you can fill them with candy. Make a round birthday cake and decorate it to look like your favorite ball, or if your particularly creative make it into a trophy too.
Bubble Bath Bash. I have yet to find a one year old who doesn’t like their bath-time, why not merge that with birthday for a great theme? Do your invitations in soft blues and with a rubber duckie cut-out. If you want, have people dress up in their bath robes. Decorate with soft blue and white balloons all over, vary the sizes to help the idea along. Get a bubble blower and put rubber duckies out on the tables to hold helium filled balloons down. Sometimes you can find baby bathtubs in the shape of a rubber duckie too. Include games like a bubble blowing contest, a balloon popping contest, a shaving contest (shaving cream on balloons). If you have children there have them use a spoon and make it a race to “shave” it clean first. Or a bar soap relay, make sure both the participant’s hands and the soap are wet! For favors give each child a rubber duck and a small jar of bubbles or bubble gum.
Storybooks & Nursery Rhymes. This one can be highly personalized very easily, you can do an overview of all story books and nursery rhymes, pick a few or just pick one to use as your inspiration. If you choose fairy tales decorate your invitations with things like glass slippers, crowns, poisoned apples, lots of glitter and frills. If you chose more a variety include pictures of books, Mother Goose, the Three Blind Mice or Humpty Dumpty or if you are very artistic consider making the invite look like a cover to your daughter’s own story book. Decorate by setting out a library of story books, use construction paper to cut out fairies, castles, or monsters and pin them to your walls. Instead of balloons dangle garlands of story book pictures cut out and “sewn” together with a ribbon. (Glue two pictures back to back with a ribbon in between, or using a needle thread string or fishing line from the tops and bottoms of each picture.) For games set up a simple Charades – come up with 20 story book characters or moments of note in a story, some examples – the glass slipper, sleeping beauty, puss in boots, blowing the house down, etc. You can do a story book relay easily, have each team line up, then go through a series of “Adventures.” Blindfold them and have them walk from one end to the other like the three blind mice, wear one heal like Cinderella, balance an egg on top of a turned over cup like Humpty balancing on a wall. Check out an audio tape of a story and play musical chairs to a book being read. Have a visit from a story book character instead of having a clown. If you have a lot of children present have each child make their own story book, provide stickers and crayons and little booklets made of paper cut in quarters and stapled together, this is also a great favor.
I hope these have inspired you for your baby’s first birthday, and that you and your guests have a great time. Have a happy and safe first birthday!