First birthday parties are great, but let’s be honest–that little guest of honor is not going to remember the day. It may not make the most sense to invest in a party for someone who will most likely not be able to stay awake for the whole event. If a first birthday doesn’t make sense for your family, choose an alternative way to celebrate.
One-year-olds are still a bit cantankerous. You’ll have better luck in Vegas than betting on his feelings and personality on his birthday. He may be ready to celebrate, or he may want nothing to do with it. You can avoid this unneeded stress on your schedule, budget and family by skipping the party and planning another activity.
What To Do
Instead of a traditional party, which can be overwhelming and full of too much sugar, plan an activity that your child personally enjoys. Play a special game or activity at home. You can purchase a new toy or set of toys for his gift, and play with them for hours on his big day. Go to the zoo, park, restaurant or other family-friendly locations for a quiet outing.
Who To Invite
An entire guest list can be a little too much for little ones. They won’t even notice if most people are there. For a quiet, special time, just celebrate with your immediate family. This gives you an opportunity to reflect on this monumental year. For something a little bigger, invite a few extended family members or a few close friends. Limit the number of kids.
What To Eat
Not every infant even knows about cake, let alone likes it. You want what you love on your birthday, so give your child the same consideration. Make his favorite meal and dessert. He won’t know he is missing anything. If you want the cake experience, without introducing a sugar overload, give him a whole grain muffin with icing or other healthy alternative.
Unlike in the years to come, your 1-year-old’s expectations for his first birthday are low. He doesn’t even know that gifts are involved, let alone know how many are involved and how big they should be. Buy a new toy or two. Ask friends and family members who want to give to contribute to a college fund or other long-term investment. Let their money go a long way. The toy will last a few months; a college education will last a lifetime.