Children bring lots of inevitabilities – crying, sleepless nights, poop, snot – and birthday parties (usually in that order). Whether you like the idea of throwing a party of not, at some stage your child may want one. I’m not a prolific party planner by any means, but I decided to give it a go for my daughter’s first birthday.
After all, it’s not just a celebration for babies and parents for getting through the first 12 months, but it’s a great opportunity to catch up with family and friends you may not have seen much of during that hectic first year with your baby.
While you don't have to go overboard with the planning, if you’re prone to stress like myself, then it's a good idea to start by picking a theme and sticking to it like Vegemite to the carpet. But relax – bub won’t care if the tablecloth doesn’t match the napkins or the balloons are the wrong character.
If you want to keep it as simple as possible, a colour theme is a good option for one year olds – whether it’s pink, blue, yellow, lilac or black and white….there is a spectrum of colour available and you can buy just about everything you need in that colour.
Outdoor parties - half the mess!
Perthites are blessed with an array of outdoor venues and parks in which to hold a kid's birthday party. Although park parties require a bit of planning and you may need to hire some form of shade or small marquee during summer – or look at venues with an indoor option for winter months – you can avoid creating a massive mess at home.
Most parks have BBQ facilities and playgrounds for older kids to burn off some of that sugar-induced energy.
A playground will help keep older kids entertained during the party.
Another alternative is an indoor play centre – they are a great, safe space for small babies and older children to run (or crawl) around. Most have dedicated party rooms and will provide catering, so all the hard work is done for you, especially if a lot of older children will be invited. Click here to find some indoor play centre reviews.
Most children have a favourite toy or comforter, even from a young age, so animal and character parties can be a great option for one year olds. My daughter has always squealed in delight at the sight of monkeys, so naturally this became the birthday party theme.
Big W’s party store stocks a large range of character and animal themed party products, including balloons, plates, cups, napkins and party games. Timeless, classic characters, such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Thomas the Tank Engine are always a winner, as are recent favourites such as Peppa Pig.
Animals and character themes are a sure winner.
While old favourite themes such as pirates, fairies, princesses and jungle animals are bound to be a hit, there’s another great option that parents can’t go wrong with – an Aussie barbeque in the back yard at home. Better still, if you can get some help from family and friends, you’ll soon take most of the stress out of planning your baby’s first big birthday bash.