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10 Great Ideas For A Baby�s First Birthday
A baby�s first birthday is a memorable event filled with fun and joy for family and friends. The growth and development of a young child takes place too fast, so take special thought and planning for such a major event to make it memorable for years to come.
Here are ten tips for your baby�s first birthday party to make the event a fun time for everyone and help your family cherish the event for many years:
�Plan The Big Day � Plan the event at a time that is best for your child to avoid missing nap time as it leads to a fussy child. Remember that the little friends at the party also have a short attention span, so keep the party and games limited to an hour or two.
�Send Fun Invitations � Do your best to make the invitations fun and interesting. Try turning a baby picture into a puzzle, each guest receiving a piece. As the guests arrive, the puzzle comes together for a complete picture. Have extra pieces in case a guest cannot make it!
�Have a Party Theme � Decorate your home with a specific party theme. Online party stores will have plenty of decorations for just about any theme you can think of, from Winnie the Pooh to Sesame Street.
�Have a One-Year Scrapbook � Put together a scrap-book of the �Baby�s Firsts� from the day you brought the baby home, the baby�s first Christmas right up to the baby�s first birthday. Everyone will have the opportunity to see how much your child has grown.
�Play Fun Games � Have games planned so that the adults can assist the youngsters by creating �baby artwork� or rolling a soft ball to have lots of fun.
�Provide Food � What�s a party without the food? Try to have snacks for the adults to enjoy while also having plenty of food suitable for the young birthday child and guests. Cake is a must and it is usually best to have two different cakes, one for the babies to smash and make a mess and one for the adults.
�Make Memories � Take plenty of pictures and feel free to record every moment of your child�s party. Photos can include the party�s events, your baby�s room and toys and even the cake remains. Just remember that you can�t take too many pictures!
�Make a Post-Birthday Scrapbook � Put everything in your child�s scrapbook that will help remember the fun times at the party. Place your photos in chronological order. Even save a napkin or party invitation to make it special.
�Make a DVD � With the wonderful world of technology at your fingertips, you can now put together a special photo parade of the day�s pictures or you can even turn your videos into a DVD keepsake that will make the memories last for everyone.
�Send Thank You Notes � When you send thank you notes to the guests, include a fun picture of the baby with cake all over his or her face or your DVD. This is a gift that everyone will cherish for years.
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