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1st Birthday Party Checklist

Turning one is more fun when you plan it right: The ultimate 1st birthday bash checklist!

Start with the Basics

Set a Budget
Determine how much you're willing to spend.
Create a Guest List
Decide on who to invite, considering space and budget.
Choose a Venue
Select a location that fits your theme, guest count, and budget. Options include your home, a local park, or a rented space.
Pick a Theme
Decide on a theme that will guide your decorations, invitations, and party favors. Consider your child's interests or seasonal themes.

Invitations and Decorations

Send Invitations
Mail or email invitations 4-6 weeks in advance. Include all the necessary details and a request for RSVPs.
Plan Decorations
Based on your theme, select decorations that will create a festive environment. Consider balloons, banners, and table settings.

Food and Cake

Plan a Menu
Choose foods that cater to both adults and children. Consider dietary restrictions and preferences.
Order a Cake
Get a special cake for the birthday child and consider a "smash" cake for them to enjoy. Also, order or make a cake for guests.

Activities and Entertainment

Book any entertainment suitable for young children, such as a magician, clown, or musician.
Plan activities or games that are age-appropriate for the little guests.

Party Favors and Special Touches

Party Favors
Prepare goodie bags with small toys, crafts, or treats that fit the theme.
Special Touches
Consider a photo board of your child's first year, a special outfit for the birthday child, and a music playlist.

Logistics and Extras

Hire a photographer or designate a friend to capture special moments.
Create a timeline for the party to ensure a smooth flow of activities.
Backup Plans
Have a backup plan for outdoor parties in case of bad weather.

Enjoy the Moment

Remember to enjoy
Take time to enjoy the celebration with your child and guests. The day is as much a milestone for you as it is for your child.

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