By Jennifer Bailey
Baby’s first milestones are such a huge event, including the monumental first birthday party. Though the child will only remember this birthday by looking at photos years later, this is a huge event for parents and families. The first year of life is a big deal, and watching those tiny nuggets grow and develop is a celebration indeed. So, how can you make your little one’s day extra special?Photos
Your precious bundle of joy will know nothing but stories unless you can show them beautiful photos. There are a couple must-have photo ops: You should take. Baby’s first party hat, Baby with their first gift, holding a “1” sign or the like, first taste of birthday cake, blowing out the candles (or Mama helping them), and the ever important cake smash. Be sure to include lots of photos of Baby with friends and relatives. Capture the environment too: the décor, the cake pre-smash, and the pile of gifts. Try to catch a grin as well. Some parents also like to take a photo the night before the big day and puckered out after the party. Maybe you can capture a photo of Baby holding an ultrasound photo as well.
A rising trend is a chalkboard of Baby’s stats and current likes to share with friends and family. Include sums of your little cherub, such as how many teeth, height, weight, things Baby loves, favorite foods and first words.
A lot of people like to cherish the moment with a guest book. It’s something to look back on to see who was in attendance. Be sure that everyone signs it at the party. Another idea is a time capsule. Have guests write down what they think Baby will become and well wishes then have them place the notes in a box or container. Seal the container and store it until Baby gets old enough to read it.
Thank-you cards and invites
An inexpensive yet memorable do-it-yourself idea is taking blank stationary and adding a footprint or handprint on the front for thank-you cards or invites. It’s a memory for both you and your guests.
Decorate the high chair
Add colorful streamers behind and around the high chair to make the special throne pop with color.
Grab one of your favorite photos from the last 12 months and set them in chronological order for your guests to see how much your little one has grown during the first year of life.
Parents are running toward cute outfits with a big “1” and or their name on it. Add it to a memory box after the party! It will also make for great photos.
Pick a theme that really goes with your baby’s personality and or interests. Is Baby hooked on Disney? Do a Disney theme! Baby really digs woodland animals? Break out the woodsy animal decor. Cant decide either way? Go with a simple color theme, like gold and pink or blue and brown. Whatever you choose to do, make it a first birthday to remember.