First Birthday Party Ideas
Stress-free fun ideas to celebrate your baby's 1st year
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Spark his imagination with a transportation celebration.
activity Expect oohs and ahhs when you set up Cardboardesign's airplane along with finger paints and smocks for pint-size artists to decorate. The final handprint-laden masterpiece makes a great keepsake. $50 for plane; mightynest.com
decor Hang paper airplanes made from colored paper and yarn from the ceiling for a modern mobile effect.
invite All aboard! Download and print free train-ticket invitations from birthdaygirlblog.com. Add construction-paper backing for a sturdy, styled look.
sweet treat Rev up their appetites with these modern cupcake toppers. An easy, do-it-yourself template is available for download at parenting.com/cupcake. Shh ? we won't tell your friends just how easy it really was.
favors Cultivate your tiny guests' creative genius with oversized crayons shaped like their fave modes of transportation. $5 for a set of five; gaddynippercrayons.etsy.com
Turn kiddie books into a birthday wonderland and watch the "characters" come to life!
activity It's story time. Ask a dynamic friend or hire a storyteller from your local library to host story time. Sing-a-long nursery rhymes optional.
decor Make your walls come alive with paper garland strung with vintage storybook illustrations. $8; lejeune.etsy.com
invite Set the tone for your party with a fairy tale-inspired
invitation that looks just like a book. Download instructions and templates from parenting.com/storybook-party. You can even ask guests to come dressed as their favorite storybook character!
sweet treats Decorate
cupcakes with quotes from books and nursery rhymes. favors Little Golden Books make great vintage-inspired takeaways. $4 each; borders.com