Birthday milestone: creating a fun, fabulous first birthday party

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- There are so many milestones during your baby’s first year and the first birthday is truly a time to celebrate!  Planning a  birthday party can be lots of fun and maybe a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.  Keep it Pinterest-perfect with these party planning tips.

Plan the perfect first birthday party

Make a guest list

First decide where you will host your party.  Once you know the location you can determine how many guests you’ll be able to invite.  Be sure to include your immediate family and any special people in your child’s lives who may want to celebrate.

Invitations & RSVP’s

Send each guest an invitation five weeks in advance so everyone has it on their calendar.  If you’re looking to save money try purchasing a custom invitation on Etsy and printing them yourself.  Another money-saving tip is to create a private Facebook event to share the details with your guests. Include an RSVP deadline so you can plan accordingly.

Determine a theme

A theme is a great way to help focus your ideas. Think seasonally!  If your child has a fall birthday incorporate seasonal decorations or treats like caramel apples or cider and donuts.  For a summer birthday create a pool party theme!

Create a menu

Make a menu that’s easy to execute.  Most first birthdays are perfect for lunch time because you can plan it around your child’s nap schedule.  A taco bar, pasta bar or burger cookout are all great options!  Other kid-friendly favorites include pizza, hot dogs (complete with toppings bar) or nachos.  Incorporate your theme into your display, like this Peppa Pig hot dog bar idea or a Sesame street pizza party complete with clever name tags.

Plan special touches

Don’t forget the smash cake for your special birthday boy or girl!  Create them a personalized mini design or even a cupcake.  This sweet tradition is a must.  Guests love getting a little favor.  Bake something yummy and bag them up for guests to take.  Always create special goodie bags for any guests under age 12.  Fill them with dollar store finds or party favors.

If you’re looking for some party inspiration check out our Pinterest page!

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