Ideas for a First Birthday Party

1st birthday party

People ask me all the time if babies can enjoy a first birthday party, or if I have any ideas for a first birthday party. Luckily, the majority of parties I have performed at were indeed first birthday parties. Thus, after performing hundreds of them, I have been exposed to many different first birthday party ideas and can provide a host of tips and themes to first-time parents to ensure a really successful outcome.

First Birthday Party Tips

The great thing about music parties for a first birthday party is that babies are highly responsive to music. I’m sure you’ve noticed your baby dance with joy upon hearing fun music. Or perhaps you sing them traditional nursery rhyme songs. Children’s music alone provides many great first birthday party ideas. For example, many parents discover Monkey Monkey Music because they call their children “little monkeys.” I’ve seen parents do all sorts of adorable monkey-themed birthday parties that include things like “monkey” cupcakes and jungle-inspired decorations.

Many children love the PBS Kids show Barney. One doesn’t have to use an actual commercially licensed character at the party. Rather, I’ve seen parents take a concept like Barney and do an outrageously creative dinosaur-themed party. There are so many fun adorable ideas that can add color and vibrancy to a party without adding chaos.

What Time of Day to Do a First Birthday Party

Knowing when your child is at his or her happiest point throughout the day will better ensure your child’s happiness at his or her party. I generally find that with younger children, the morning is a better time of day to host a first birthday party. For larger first birthday parties that occur in restaurants or halls with larger guest lists, my experience is that keeping the rooms free of lots of props also ensures a more successful music show. It’s overwhelming for a young child to experience so much going on simultaneously, so the simpler one keeps it the better.

Smaller First Birthday Party Tips

If you’re having a smaller party in your home or in a community room in your building, another good idea for a first birthday party is keeping the time frame to about one-and-a-half hours to two hours tops. Anything longer is usually too long and often can make your baby irritable. When it comes to ideas for a first birthday party, less is definitely more and some of the best ideas for a first birthday party involve keeping things simple. Even if your party is in a large space, there are ways to keep it simple and celebratory simultaneously.

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