A baby’s first birthday is definitely not memorable for the baby. One might say that it’s more for the parent(s) than the child. At least, that is the case for a time. The pictures are worth a million bucks to everyone involved once the little one turns 20 or 45 or 90. So I think it’s time that we stop thinking about 1st birthdays as meaningless and start seeing them as important capstones from infancy into agency, the first signs of who a person becomes.
This last week we celebrated our daughter’s first birthday. We made a list of ideas, some turned out great, and some didn’t even happen in all of the chaos. Here’s the list!
- We created a time capsule to be opened when she turns 20.
- We put the baby’s outfit in it for posterity.
- Put pictures from the party in it.
- Have a pen and paper next to it and encourage people to write little notes to “future child.” Maybe write what baby loved, or what you imagine baby doing for work, what makes baby laugh that you think is so funny. Just little anecdotes to make the future child feel loved and help baby see the seeds of their personality.
- put party favors in capsule.
2. Make two selections of food, for adults and for babies. Have selection of pouches, finger, foods, and kid friendly drinks available at their level.Offer selection of adult beverages and foods on another table.
3. Keep a table of pictures of other family member’s first birthdays. It isn’t hard to track these sorts of pictures down. Put them through filters so that they have a similar look and display them for guests to appreciate.
4.Smash cakes are all the rage right now, from a cute little cupcake to candy filled to healthy. Be creative with the cake.
5.Don’t forget activities and music.
- make smores
- time capsule
- find songs with the number one or about kids growing up! We made a playlist!
6.Encourage social media if you want. Create a hashtag and display it for people to use. Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Snapchat are all great media platforms to post live pictures and videos of the event for people to see. Remember also, the people who couldn’t make the party. I have grandparents who are unable to travel, but would have loved to be able to visit. This is a great way to keep them “posted” and let them know they were missed! This is a great opportunity to gather all of the pictures that you and other took and share them with loved ones!
Now we wait for our little girl to grow up and open her treasure!