There are few more important parties in life than your baby shower, your child’s first birthday and a good old-fashioned birthday bash (especially a birthday ending in zero!). Here we share some of the most experienced party people’s thoughts on how to throw a memorable shindig – whatever the celebration.
THE 1st BIRTHDAY
There’s nothing more special than when your bub clocks up their first year of life. Not only have you just experienced 12 months of love and development, as a parent, you actually survived it! Now that’s reason to celebrate!
Style My Celebration’s Bec McKay reminds us that first birthday parties are very much all about the adults given that most of the younger guests are likely to be too young to remember it. But it’s important that the event style remains childlike and caters for your younger guests, so there is a balance.
“Daytime events are the way to go and when choosing the time of your party it’s best to keep your little one’s routine in mind. If you want a lovely smiling baby devouring their cake you want to make sure they’ve had their nap! My favourite first birthdays would be late lunch/afternoon tea events and no longer than 2 or 3 hours – although I have styled several parties where all the babies and children were looked after by a team of nannies after the second hour and the party continued into the night!
“Food-wise a gorgeously styled dessert table provides the wow factor and keeps everyone with a sweet tooth very happy. A dessert table can include the baby’s birthday cake and the sky is the limit in terms of design. I also love other types of food styling so think grazing tables and cheese tables. These can all be presented so they look amazing, your guests can help themselves and it saves on having full catering.
“Games for little ones are a must! There are so many great outdoor games you can hire now including games like giant Jenga or Connect 4 which are perfect if you have older children as guests.”
Bec says she always recommends hosting a first birthday at home.
“Your baby will be more relaxed and you can easily put them down if they are ready to sleep whilst the party continues. It is also easier for baby changing and breastfeeding mums can find some privacy. Parks can be frought with issues and only suitable for short parties. You also have to deal with the weather, ants, parking, transporting prams and all your baby gear and in many parks there are rules about how many people can gather in one place. You also cannot serve alcohol in a park in Queensland.”
Bec’s other recommendations for a first birthday are a professional photographer (“Your baby won’t remember it so ensure you have lots of photos and video – hiring a professional for a few hours won’t kill your budget.”) and posted invitations (“It is more than appropriate now to email an invitation but post remains the nicest way to receive a party invitation!”).
As for the cake, smash cakes are apparently in. Bec says just remember a second change of clothes for your birthday bub.