When you are in the mum groups on Facebook you tend to notice a great deal of questions and conversations about planning and hosting a first birthday.
Last year we attended at least 20 first birthdays so I have put together a few little handy hints to help with planning your child’s first birthday party.
Where to have it?
Things to consider when choosing a venue:
- How many people will be invited?
- What age are the children who will be attending?
- Will you need space for prams?
- Is there adequate nappy change facilities?
- Can an area be baby proofed?
- How many tables and chairs will you need?
- What kind of entertainment are you choosing?
One of my least favourite parties last year was one that was in a space that was just inappropriate for young children. There was nowhere for them to sit or play safely. I actually had to hold my son for the whole party when all he wanted to do was walk around and play. Even if you are someone who believes first birthdays are for the adults, it is so important to factor in children if you are inviting other parents.
What to serve?
Kids are messy eaters. They will find a way to make a mess. In saying that, here are some easy options for what to serve:
- Sausage Rolls
- Party Pies
- Sandwiches cut into quarters
- Cheese and Kabana
- Pizza Scrolls
- Pizza Slices
- Mini Quiche
Food that little kids can feed themselves is always handy. I went to a first birthday party where they had a selection of baby food squeeze packs available. While that isn’t something that I feed my children, it was appreciated by the other parents. I have been to a first birthday party where they had an amazing buffet of Indian food. The food was absolutely delicious but slightly awkward to eat considering there were no tables to eat at, no high chairs to keep the little ones still and I didn’t bring my husband so no extra set of hands to help out. One party we went to served chicken nuggets for the children and that was the only option. We don’t eat chicken nuggets so were left with no food. For a children’s party I believe it is always nice to offer at least one healthier option.
Special mention for the strangest food for a first birthday party last year was soup served with crusty bread. I never would have thought to serve that at a party but it was absolutely amazing.
What will they do?
First birthday parties are different to other birthday parties. The children are too young for organised games. You also tend to have a wide age range of children attending. There are many options to consider but it depends on the location you choose. My top tip is to check if you have a toy library nearby. The yearly membership works out to be very reasonable and you can borrow toys to suit different ages. My local one also hire out jumping castles, ball pits, tables and chairs for an additional cost on top of your membership.
What are your top tips when planning a first birthday party? Tell us in the comments below.