How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Experts say to invite the same number of kids as the child’s age, but trust your judgment about how many little guests your kid can happily handle.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Jessica Hartshorn has covered the baby and kid-product market for 22 years and is a mother of two herself. At the holidays, she helms parents.com/besttoys.

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What Does Baby Want?

Everyone has a different tolerance for party planning, and when it comes to potential for stressful logistics, kids’ parties rank second only to weddings. Still, some of us thrive on it: We love big affairs with lots of people. Others want only a handful of guests, thank you very much.

Many kids are adaptable and will roll with whatever celebration you put on, as long as they get parental attention and some semblance of a normal routine (don’t mess with naptime, Mom!). But you know your own child—adjust the level of hoopla to whatever you think he can handle.

And we’re not going to lie: Anything you do will require some work. Just sharing cake with your 1-year-old is a mess—but fun! And that’s what it’s all about, providing everyone —but mostly you and your child—with a good time. We’ve rounded up ideas to help you enjoy the day.

You’re Invited!

Look Who’s Coming

Consider having separate parties for the grown-up crowd (grandparents and other relatives, plus adult friends) and the kiddie crowd (cousins, playgroup kids, or your child’s preschool class). Each celebration needs different things: Grown-ups want adult food and at least a few hours to talk and catch up. But a party full of kids who are the same age should be nonstop games, kidcentric food, and most important, goodbyes after an hour and a half at most.

The exception: At baby’s first birthday, mixed ages will likely come and go over a couple of hours, and no one expects fellow 1-year-olds to play organized games.

The Gifted Child

  • Do you wish your child could receive fewer toys? Suggest books or bookstore gift certificates.
  • Try not opening gifts until after everyone leaves if there are a lot of jealous 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old guests. If someone must see baby open his or her gift, do it in a room away from tantrum-prone youngsters.
  • Write down who gave you what (you can assign Grandma this job), then send short thank-you notes. A pain for a busy mom, we know, but so appreciated by the guests, who also had to go out of their way.
  • You can register for your child’s gifts at Toys “R” Us. It’s not very subtle but it’s a way to prevent duplicates and inappropriate toys.

Cakes and Goodies

Cake Secret!

One of our editors road-tested this idea with great success. To make a boxed cake mix taste like you did it from scratch, eliminate the oil and 1/3 of the water, and add a cup of mayonnaise instead. For best results, whisk the mayonnaise with the eggs and add them into the dry ingredients together. If you top the cake with homemade buttercream icing (milk, unsalted butter, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar—many boxes of the sugar have the recipe), it tastes divine!

The Cake Can Be a Game

Make a tray of mini cupcakes, regular cupcakes, or muffins. Frost cupcakes with icing or muffins with cream cheese. Put out bowls of sprinkles, colored sugar, and mini chocolate chips and let the kids dip in to make their own creations.

Goody Bags

Kids love goody bags and they really don’t care what’s in them—they just want to get something! Don’t make yourself crazy (or go broke) looking for kites or T-shirts or other big-ticket items. Just buy a box of sidewalk chalk, and for each bag, tie sticks together with a bright ribbon. Throw in a bottle of bubbles. Done! We put them in cute pails, but decorated paper bags do just as well.

For 4-year-olds, you may not get away with a bag that doesn’t include candy. But for younger kids, if you want to include food, try adding bags of Teddy Grahams or Goldfish crackers. Don’t forget to make a goody bag for the birthday child, too!

Prepping the Birthday Child

Being the star of the party is hard. A 1- or 2-year-old is overwhelmed by the event even if you discuss it beforehand. A 3- or 4-year-old is tightly wound with anticipation. Either way, talk to your child the evening before the party about what’s going to happen: Other kids will see his room, play with his toys, etc. Hide special toys that your child can’t bear to share. And remind him there’s a reward when the whole thing’s over: presents!

Let the Games Begin

By your child’s second birthday party, you’re going to need organized activities. You may even need them for his first birthday if the guests include, for instance, a bunch of preschool-age cousins. Some suggestions:

  • Have an activity to do immediately to warm up the kids. Try coloring birthday hats or putting stickers on a “Happy Birthday” sign.
  • Decorate the children. For instance, with face painting, washable tattoos, or hand-stamps. Not all toddlers like this, but some love it. Ideally you know a friend or teenager who’s good at it—she can set up in a corner and let kids come to her.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt. Kids can search for cheap little favors (pinwheels, balls) or something seasonal (mini pumpkins). In the winter, each child could get a mitten and look for the matching one.
  • Music always works. Some parents shell out $100 to $200 for a local kids’ performer to come over and do a rousing circle time. For less expensive fun, try: 1. Noncompetitive musical chairs. Set several children’s chairs in a row with enough toy instruments on them so that each kid can have one. Put in a CD and play music as each child marches around the chairs, playing the instruments. When you stop the music, each child puts his or her instrument down and picks up a different one. Start the music and marching again. Stop, switch. 2. Freeze dancing. Play music and have the kids dance. When the music stops, the kids have to freeze. No one has to be “out.” Just play until the kids get bored. 3. Musical hot potato. The kids sit in a circle and pass a stuffed toy around while the music plays. When the music stops, the child left holding the toy is “out” (but gets to go somewhere fun). The last one holding the toy wins.
  • Everyone gets something! If you’re compelled to award prizes, be sure every kid goes away with a sticker or ribbon just for participating.

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Clowns, magicians, and bouncy houses– oh my!

Planning a child’s birthday party can seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. But the truth is, getting things ready can be fun and fast, as long as you know what you’re doing.

When you know the answers to a few key party details, every other choice will be easy. For example, should you throw an indoor or outdoor party for your child? We’ll answer that questions, and a few more in this birthday planning guide.

Read on to learn the best kid birthday party planning tips.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Birthday Parties for Kids

Indoors or outdoors? It’s the famous kid birthday party question. If you’re throwing an indoor party, and your budget allows, try throwing it at an indoor jungle gym for kids!

If you’d rather keep things at home, outdoors is usually the preferred choice. One of the biggest appeals of throwing an outside party is that they’re a lot easier to clean up.

Spills are going to happen, and when they happen outside, clean-up is a breeze! Plus, outside, there’s plenty of room for the kids to run around and play.

Consider the time of year when making your choice. Fall and spring or prime times for getting the kiddos outside.

Did you have your heart set on throwing an outdoor party in the middle of the winter or summer? Then you’ll need a plan to keep guests comfortable.

Outdoor Winter and Summer Parties

You can throw a child’s party outside, even if there’s snow on the ground. You just have to know how to keep your guests toasty.

It’s helpful if you have a designated fire pit and somebody to supervise it. If you’re throwing a party at a municipality, you can rent a fire pit.

Get the kids moving with games like capture the flag and Red Rover. You could even have a snowman-building competition!

Serve cupcakes instead of birthday cake. The little cakes will be easier to handle with gloves. Outdoor winter parties should be short and sweet, lasting no more than 2 hours.

Outdoor Summer Party Tips

Does your child have their heart set on an outdoor party in the middle of summer? Pick a party time right around sunset. As you party into the night, you’ll be able to enjoy the cool evening temperatures.

Find ways to create shady areas where kids and adults can relax. Provide plenty of water too. Seriously, have multiple water stations, you’ll need them.

The water stations can be coolers filled with ice, bottles of water, and other fun beverages. You should also read up on the latest sun protection tips.

Finally, set the mood with music! The right tunes will bring the party to life.

Do yourself a big favor right now, and make a commitment to keep this birthday party simple. Remember, you’re throwing a party for children.

As long as you hit the mark in a few key areas, you’ll be able to impress all of your little guests! You’ll also be able to guarantee that the birthday boy or a girl is the star of the show.

Did you buy fun food, treats, and games? Then the party will be a big hit.

When choosing decorations, don’t go all out. Instead, pick a color or a theme, and stick with it. If you overdo it with the decorations and have to spend hours setting up, you won’t have a lot of energy for the party scene.

Next, choose foods that are popular and familiar. Are you planning on serving pizza? Don’t go to the fancy pizza place in your neighborhood.

Pick the name-brand pizza place the kids are already used to. Choose simple pizza toppings, and be sure to include a few cheese-only pizzas.

Don’t Be Afraid to Delegate

Think back on the children’s birthday parties you’ve attended. What was the host acting like?

Were they calm and collected? Or were they busy and frantic? When the host of a party is being torn in different directions, it’s difficult for the guests to enjoy themselves.

When you’re throwing a birthday party for children, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to do everything yourself. The only problem with that is that you’ll find yourself scrambling from one part of the party to the next.

What’s the solution? Delegate!

The other Moms at the party would love to help out. If there are Dads there, recruit them too.

Delegating little to-do’s will free you up so you can enjoy the party too. Your guests will enjoy being able to chip in so everyone can have a good time.

What type of things can you delegate? Pretty much anything you can think of. Supervising children, taking photos, serving the birthday cake, cleaning up after pizza time; there are a lot of things you can delegate. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Games to Play at Kids Birthday Parties

What are the best party games for kids? The answer depends on how old your child is turning. Here are some of our favorite games for kids who are 5 years and older:

  • Pin the tail on the donkey (or mommy)
  • Musical chairs
  • Wheelbarrow races
  • Treasure hunt
  • Limbo
  • Charades
  • Nerf war
  • Water balloon fight
  • Pinatas
  • Cookie decorating station

As you can see from the list above, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on games. A lot of the games don’t require you to buy anything at all. Depending on how long the party is, you’ll want to have at least 2-3 games prepared.

Plan the games so that you play the most exciting one first. Save the calmest game for when you’re wrapping things up.

Treasure Hunt Tips

The treasure hunt is a great game to play at the end of the party. You can hide each of the guest’s treat bags and make them hunt for the goodies. Make sure you have an extra bag for the birthday boy or girl since they’ll want to join in on the hunt too.

Using the Best Kid Birthday Party Ideas

There you have it! Now you know the best tips for throwing an incredible kid birthday party for your child. Start the planning process now by deciding whether you’ll throw the party inside or outside.

Once you make that choice, the other decisions will fall into place. You’ll be able to easily choose foods and games that match your party, as well as the best decorations. Soon enough, it’ll be party day, and you’ll be ready to join in on the fun.

Do you want a few more tips? Look around the rest of our website; we have tons.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

In this article

  • Who to invite
  • Getting the timing right
  • Games and activities
  • Choosing a venue
  • What food to serve
  • Choosing a theme
  • The party bags
  • Choosing presents
  • Top tips for a successful party

Who to invite

At this stage, your baby is still very attached to mum and dad, so the best way you can make this a special day for your one year old is to give them loads of undivided attention. Their social network will be small and intimate and that’s how they like it. Your little one may be wary of strangers and new places, so it’s wise to stick to just inviting close friends and family to your house.

If you do want to invite more people, you could ask some of your friends from your parents’ group, playgroup or childcare, too.

You can send everyone the details in a simple email. Or you could buy or make some really special invitations, because you won’t need many for a small gathering.

Getting the timing right

By one year old, your baby may be used to having one or two naps during the day. The worst time for the excitement of a party is when your baby is tired, so a morning tea party between naps, or an afternoon tea party after nap time might work well.

If you’re inviting other babies, check out their naptimes with their parents. Once one starts wailing, they all will! Keep the party brief because an hour or so is quite long enough at this age.

Games and activities

Loud bangs from party poppers and bursting balloons may frighten your baby, and discarded poppers and balloons are serious choking (and environmental) hazards, so give them a miss. Why not blow bubbles, or have some musical fun instead, such as dancing with your baby, or putting on some nursery rhymes in the background.

Your little one will appreciate a few simple games, such as Row Your Boat or Round and Round the Garden, with plenty of tickles, too. They may also enjoy peek-a-boo games, finding toys hidden in a box or under a cloth and, of course, helping you open the presents. Do be prepared for your little one being much more excited by the wrapping paper than the actual gifts!

Your local toy library may also hire out packs of toys and small play equipment for parties. Party suppliers can help you with suggestions and ideas. Many sell party packs and more, although they may be a bit extravagant for one year olds.

Choosing a venue

Home is where your baby will feel most secure. They’ll appreciate a few colourful decorations or, if you want something more adventurous, you could buy or hire a baby ball pool.

If you can’t host everyone at home, you could hire a local church hall or community centre. If you’re part of a mothers’ or parents’ group, then your babies are probably all born around the same time. So why not split the cost of hiring a hall and have one birthday party for all the babies?

What food to serve

Keep food simple because most of it will probably end up on the floor anyway! Finger foods are excellent for both babies and adults, because eating them won’t interrupt play or interaction. Parents may well have brought a bottle or feeder cup with them containing the drink of choice for their baby, but have water and milk at the ready.

If you’re providing food for the adults, keep it simple and avoid peanuts, popcorn and other foods that may present a choking hazard to little ones.

Some babies will have quite a few teeth and be able to bite into food, while others may still be toothless, so cater for both extremes. Sticks of soft vegetables and fruit, strawberries, grapes cut in half, bread sticks, tiny sandwiches with cheese spread, cubes of mild cheese, and mini yoghurt tubs are all good ideas.

Chocolate fingers are scrummy, but messy, so plain biscuits or crackers may be a better choice. Jelly is very sweet and tends to be more of a play material at this age than a dessert.

To be honest, your mini guests will probably eat very little food, so aim for a variety of taste, texture and colour rather than lots of it.

But no party is complete without a birthday cake. You can either make one yourself or choose from a variety at a supermarket or bakery. Don’t let your baby near the candle because they’ll want to grab, not blow, it.

Choosing a theme

Party themes aren’t important to a one year old. Your baby won’t appreciate the effort of a colour-coordinated theme as much as your Insta grid.

But if you love the idea of a theme and are prepared to put the work in, then why not opt for something fun and colourful, such as a jungle or rainbow theme? Or theme it around your baby’s favourite story, character or toy.

Once you’ve picked the theme, it’s usually easy to find invitations and decorations online to match. Don’t go overboard, though – your baby really won’t remember it!

The party bags

Choosing presents

By now, your baby will appreciate anything that makes a noise, lights up, or both, so activity centres are a good choice. It’s never too early to read, and textured board books are great fun for your tactile baby. A trolley, or push-along to aid walking skills is a popular choice, and new bath toys are always welcome. You may want to consider a big, lasting present, such as a baby swing for outdoors or a rocking horse.

If you already have loads of toys, your baby is too young to mind if some people give clothes instead. Check out our other present ideas.

This article was co-authored by Natasha Miller. Natasha Miller is an Event Planner, Chief Experience Designer, and President of Entire Productions, an event and entertainment production company based in San Francisco, California. Notable clients Natasha has collaborated with include Apple, Google, Gap, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Salesforce. Natasha and Entire Productions has been awarded Inc. 5,000’s “Fastest Growing Companies in America”, Entrepreneur Magazine’s 360 List of “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America.” Entire Productions is also a Certified Women Business Enterprise. Natasha is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

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Kids’ parties can be more fun than adult parties — you don’t have to be so serious and you can let your inner child out with them. Plus, by the end of the day when all the kids’ energy has come to a halt, and they fall asleep, you’re right there, laying next to them, taking a little nap yourself!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Natasha Miller
Professional Event Planner Expert Interview. 29 January 2020. Character parties are popular (think Sponge Bob or Scooby-Doo), but general themes work, too (pirates, fairies, princesses, cowboys, etc.). Unless they want something that just isn’t appropriate, allow them creative freedom. Sit down with your child at the table with a pen and paper and write down all the ideas you both like. [2] X Research source

  • Some themes will obviously be more difficult than others. Go with your child to a couple of party stores and see what’s available or go online. It’ll be easiest to pick a theme based on what you have at your disposal. Most parents aren’t Martha Stewart; you certainly don’t have to be.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Natasha Miller
Professional Event Planner Expert Interview. 29 January 2020.

  • As for guests, a good rule of thumb is the child’s age plus 1. [5] X Research source And if parents can come along, great! It’s best to have a couple others to help with monitoring and clean up.
  • Have your invitations in the theme of your party. The other children will probably get excited, too. Your child can hand them out at school (if possible to do it discreetly) or you can give them to the parents if your child is too young (or forgetful!).
    • Your child shouldn’t hand them out in front of those not invited — it might make the others feel bad. Give them to the teacher to put in the take home folder or have your child put them in desks or lockers.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

  • Who to invite
  • How much to spend
  • Choosing a time
  • Choosing a place
  • Choosing a theme
  • Food
  • Games and activities
  • Goody bags
  • Birthday presents
  • General tips

Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering of friends and family or an all-out bash, your baby’s first birthday celebration is bound to be special – at least for you and the other adults and older kids in his life!

Yes, a first birthday party is really for parents and their guests. Your baby won’t remember this party, and may even be overwhelmed by it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t all have fun. For party planning suggestions and tips on keeping your baby (and young visitors) comfortable, read on.

Who to invite

Your 1-year-old may be fearful of strangers, and strange or new places. Despite liking other babies, she won’t understand how to play with them yet. She will enjoy individual attention and likes to make you laugh. These factors often convince parents to opt for an intimate, low-budget family party or small gathering of relatives, close friends, fellow parents, and neighbors.

But no matter how many guests you have, keep in mind that your 1-year-old will want a lot of your undiluted attention. This is especially true if she’s feeling overstimulated by a large crowd of well-wishers.

Get answers to all your birthday party planning questions from parents in our Birthday Ideas community group.

How much to spend

According to our poll of more than 5,000 parents, the amount spent on a baby’s first birthday party is all over the map, from less than $50 to more than $500. A majority – 61 percent – of parents spent $200 or less, 25 percent spent between $200 and $500, and 11 percent dished out more than $500.

The amount you spend is up to you, and depends on what kind of party you want to have for your child. Keep in mind that food is the main thing that drives costs up, followed by decorations and the cake. Don’t feel pressured to spend more than you can afford – small is beautiful at this age!

Choosing a time

Your baby will probably still be taking a morning and afternoon nap when her first birthday rolls around. If so, it’s best to plan your party around nap times if possible. And if you’re inviting other young guests, check out their nap times with their parents. Once one starts crying, they all might! You may want to keep the party brief – an hour or so is probably long enough at this age.

Choosing a place

Home is usually the easiest place to host a first birthday party, and it’s where your baby will feel most secure. But if your home is too small for the number of guests you want to invite, consider a local community center or church social hall, a kids’ museum, a restaurant (you may want to go with a kids’-themed place or a fast-food restaurant with a play space), a relative’s house, or, if the weather is nice, a park or zoo.

Choosing a theme

Party themes aren’t important to your 1-year-old or her baby guests. You might want to aim for a color-coordinated look, or pick matching plates and napkins with a favorite cartoon character, but it’s more for the benefit of the keepsake photos than your baby at this stage.

Keep food simple – a lot of it will probably end up on the floor anyway!

Finger foods work well for both babies and adults, and eating them won’t interrupt play or socializing. Some babies may have quite a few teeth and be able to bite into food; others may still be toothless, so cater to both extremes. Tiny sandwiches with cheese spread (you can cut them into shapes), cubes of mild cheese, cut-up fruit, pasta spirals, and mini yogurts are good options. You can also try animal crackers or graham crackers broken into small pieces.

Your small guests will probably eat very little, so aim for a variety of tastes, textures, and colors rather than quantity. (Get more finger food ideas here.) And avoid serving nuts, hard candies, popcorn, raisins, marshmallows, and other foods that may present a choking hazard to little ones.

As for beverages, it’s a good idea to have water, milk, and maybe diluted fruit juice around for the kids and mineral water and sodas for the adults.

Don’t forget a wonderful birthday cake. Some parents like to have a small separate cake for the birthday baby – this way she can smash into it to her heart’s content. (It also works to serve cupcakes to everyone, including your baby.) Homemade treats are special, but supermarkets have a great variety available, or try a bakery. You may need to order the cake or cakes in advance. And don’t let your baby get too close to the candle as she’ll want to grab it, not blow on it.

Games and activities

Loud bangs from party poppers and bursting balloons may frighten your baby, and discarded poppers and balloons are a serious choking hazard until age 3. Why not have some musical fun, such as dancing with your baby, or a nursery rhyme tape on in the background? She’ll also enjoy peek-a-boo games and finding toys hidden in a box or under a cloth. And, of course, she’ll enjoy helping you open her presents (although the wrapping paper will be far more fun than the gift!).

Goody bags

Goody bags aren’t really necessary at this age, and the usual treats like candy and balloons are downright dangerous for the babies at your party. If you want to give a going-away present to your little guests, opt for a small, safe soft toy or a board book to chew on.

Birthday presents

By now your baby will appreciate toys that make noise or light up, or both, so activity centers are a good choice. It’s never too early to read, and textured board books are great fun for your tactile baby. A push-along toy to aid walking skills may be a hit, and new bath toys are always welcome. You may want to consider a big, lasting present, such as a baby swing for outdoors or a rocking horse. And if you already have loads of toys, your baby won’t object if some people buy her clothes!

Learn the dos and don’ts of throwing your child a birthday bash.

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Here are some frequently asked questions about throwing a kid’s birthday party:

Should I invite friends or just family?

That depends on the age of your birthday baby. For the very first parties — 1 and 2 years old — you might want to just have family or close friends and keep it an intimate affair. After all, at this age, a little stimulation goes a long way. Just the cake will be an eye-opener for your 1-year-old. Preschoolers and up may want to invite friends from the playground or day care.

My child is old enough to invite friends. How many should I invite?

For a preschooler, here’s a good general rule: invite the number equal to the birthday child’s age plus one. For school-age children, the party size can be more flexible. Be certain, though, that you do not leave out just one or two children in a classroom. If you feel the need to invite an entire day-care classroom, be sure to emphasize that parents should attend with their children.

How far in advance should I send the invitations?

Give at least two weeks, but not more than four. That’s enough time for the attendees to arrange transportation and purchase a gift, but not so much time that the invitation gets misplaced or forgotten.

Do I need a theme?

It’s a nice idea, both for you and the children. A theme helps you organize what you’ll need ahead of time. And kids get into it. But don’t feel pressured to stick like glue to your theme. If your birthday boy or girl wants an astronaut cake on dinosaur plates with ladybug napkins, go with it.

How long should the party go?

For the under-3 crowd, an hour is plenty. For 4- to 6-year-olds, two hours works well. Older children can enjoy a two-hour party, or a bit longer, provided there’s plenty of varied entertainment.

How can I throw this party without going crazy?

Ask for help. Arrange for friends and relatives to assist you on party day. One helper per six children is a good guideline. Assign them specific tasks, such as helping to run party games, serving food, and cleaning up. Perhaps some of the parents of party guests will be willing to pitch in. You can return the favor on their child’s party day.

Sources: The Best Birthday Parties Ever! A Kid’s Do-It-Yourself Guide (The Millbrook Press, 1999) by Kathy Ross; Great Parties for Kids (Williamson Publishing Co., 1994) by Nancy Fyke; Pin the Tail on the Donkey, and Other Party Games (Morrow Junior Books/New York, 1993) by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson; Rainy Days and Saturdays (Workman Publishing Co., 1995) by Linda Hetzer

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child’s condition.

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How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Your baby has experienced so many “firsts” How to go to a birthday party with your infantin the past twelve months. First coos, first smiles, first laughs, and now it’s already time for their first birthday party. A first birthday is a big day for the parents and baby won’t remember the experience except through the photos and videos that are taken and viewed years later when they’re older.

The party doesn’t have to have a theme, but choosing one, even if it is just a few fun colors, will help you plan the invitations, the cake, the tableware and other decorations.

First Birthday Party Invitations

  • When choosing the date, make sure all the special people are available, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
  • Weekends are usually best so working adults can attend.
  • Choose your party time around baby’s nap time so they will be at their best and enjoy the party.
  • Send invitations out at least 2-3 weeks before the party. Allow more time if the party is around a holiday or Christmas so guests have plenty of notice to mark their calendars to attend.
  • Keep the party short so baby isn’t cranky or tired, 1-1/2 to 2 hours should be about all they can handle.
  • Choose a location your child is comfortable with. there’s no place like home.

Who should you invite to a First Birthday Party?

  • Invite special friends and relatives, the adults and children in your child’s life.
  • You are caring for your baby on that day too, so keep the number of guests manageable so you can take care of both guests and baby’s needs.
  • Keep the number of guests to what will comfortably fit in your home.
  • If other babies are guests, make sure their parents are included to attend with their little ones.
  • If other babies are attending, make sure to baby-proof the party area and have extra toys on hand to entertain.

Party Decorations

  • Mylar balloons are the safest and aren’t as great a choking hazard as latex balloons.
  • Banners and posters can be “temporarily” affixed to walls with toothpaste.
  • Use the birthday cake and goodie bags or party favors as part of your decorations.
  • Plates, napkins and other tableware can also be set out as part of the party decorations.

The First Birthday Cake

  • Whether it is home made or from a bakery, a first birthday cake can be lots of fun for everyone.
  • We suggest getting a “squash cake” which is a miniature cake just for your baby. You can then let the guest of honor stick their fingers in the icing, fling icing everywhere, put their feet in it, take a bite out it, or do what they will (they will surprise you) and you can then serve the unblemished big cake to your guests.
  • As baby hasn’t had much experience with real food, it is a great video moment to capture their first time with a cake.

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Entertainment

  • Entertainers can be terrifying to a one year old. A clown or huge adult in an animal suit could ruin the party.
  • Live entertainment is really not necessary for a first birthday party.

Food & Drinks

  • If you have other children attending, try peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, macaroni and cheese.
  • Cut fruit and vegetables are a great snack for all ages.
  • Cheese and crackers
  • If you are having a party longer than 1-1/2 hours, you can consider serving a meal, but remember you will have a lot going on and you want to enjoy this special day more than your guests will need to be served a full meal.
  • Go ahead, serve cocktails! Your baby won’t remember and your guests might enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer – you don’t have to have a full bar.
  • Juice boxes are great for kids, less chance of spills and forgotten glasses tipped over. They can then be easily thrown away.
  • Have a fat Sharpie pen to write names on cups and juice boxes.

What should a one year old wear?

  • A special outfit doesn’t have to be expensive. Just go with something cute, remember there will be tons of pictures, maybe in a favorite color and appropriate for the season.
  • It’s a good idea to have a change of clothes handy. My son ended up wearing most of his cake and we stripped him down to his diaper and hosed him off in the backyard (it was about 95 degrees that day).

First Birthday Party Supplies

  • Make sure you have your camera batteries charged – video and still cameras.
  • Some disposable cameras sitting around are great for guests to capture the action, too. Especially your interactions with your baby.
  • Extra set of clothes for the guest of honor
  • Name tags if you have people from different circles that haven’t met.
  • Trash bags to collect wrapping paper as the gifts are opened and trash from food that will be served.

Extra Tips

  • Be flexible! Just go with the flow. Enlist the help of some of your baby’s favorite people to keep baby occupied and to fill in when you’re entertaining other guests or just dealing with other party details
  • ENJOY! Be sure to take the time to enjoy the day – it only happens once!

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1. Frame Your Baby’s ‘Year of Firsts’

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Keep your kiddo’s 1st birthday decor super simple — and super sweet — with a framed photo collage of all their firsts. Not only is it adorable decor for the party, it’s a beautiful keepsake you’ll always cherish.

To buy! Tilted Heart Collage Art Print, $14.99; shutterfly.com

2. Crepe Paper Everything

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Want to keep the budget to a minimum for your child’s 1st birthday, and still have a stylish bash? No problem! You can make all the decor out of crepe paper (no, really). Napkin rings, lanterns, party favors — you name it! — can all be done with cheap, paper streamers, even this stunning centerpiece-worthy pinata.

To buy! Lia Griffith Heavy Crepe Paper, $19.49; amazon.com

3. Get Your Snack On

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Chances are, there will be a few toddlers at the party in addition to the guest of honor. Cater to their culinary needs by displaying Cheerios, Goldfish, and other “pick-ups” in cute treat cups. It’ll cost you next to nothing and look nice and polished.

To buy! Rainbow Polka Dots Party Cups, $13.99; amazon.com

4. Make Treats Part of the Decor

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Few things are cuter than mini donuts (besides, of course, the birthday girl or boy), so why not make them part of the decor? Slip a few mini donuts (or cookies that look like donuts) around a straw and glass of milk and you’ve got yourself some seriously cute party decorations that are impossible to resist.

To buy! Glass Milk Bottle Set of 12, $24.99; amazon.com

5. Do the Monster Mash

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

If you want to get theme-y, a monster bash is a fun way to go with tons of budget-friendly ideas. These cute utensil holders are really just empty tissue boxes. Clever!

To buy! Little Monster Party Plates, $13.60; zazzle.com

6. Have a Milk and Cookies Party

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Whether you’re turning one or 100, it’s impossible to resist the tried-and-true combo of milk and cookies. And an added bonus? Neither will break the bank, making for a super affordable party theme.

To buy! Small Glass Bottles With Cork Lids, $19.99; amazon.com

7. No-Sew High-Chair Tutu

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Up your smash cake photo op game with a no-sew tutu for your baby’s highchair. The little ballerina in your life will look even cuter (if that’s possible) sitting behind a big tuft of tulle.

To buy! Rainbow 1st Birthday High Chair Tutu, $13.99; amazon.com

8. Have a Ball

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

No baby, toddler, and possibly adult will be able to resist some good, clean ball pit fun. Simply add colorful balls to a blow-up kiddie pool and you’ve got hours of (cheap) entertainment on your hands.

So, you are looking for half birthday ideas? I get it. I mean, why not? Birthday parties are awesome! These fun and easy birthday celebration ideas for adults and kids are the perfect reason to throw a party for the people you love.

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Half Birthday Ideas – Fun Ways To Celebrate With A Half-Birthday Party

“Imagine just one birthday every year! Ah but there are three hundred and sixty four unbirthdays!” -Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland

There are many reasons to celebrate a half birthday. The good thing about this new practice is that you can make it into whatever you want. The motives for celebrating half birthdays can be as varied as:

  • The original birthday is on a holiday.
  • Something happened and the person needs a “do over” birthday.
  • A child has a summer birthday but wants to celebrate at school. (Or a child has a winter birthday and wants to celebrate in the pool!)
  • Someone just needs a win, a celebration.
  • You want an excuse for cake and ice cream.

If you want to celebrate a half birthday, it doesn’t really matter why. Just do you! Make it fun. Make it special. There are plenty of birthday party ideas to consider – let’s talk about some of them.

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Go ahead and make some memories you and your family can carry with you always. Word to the wise, if you are planning to start this half birthday tradition, start simple. Don’t get caught up and feel the pressure of maintaining something you can’t replicate.

If you are considering starting a half birthday tradition, start simple. Having a half birthday party is supposed to be fun and different, not stressful.

While the true birthday might be a huge celebration full of custom cupcakes and party invitations, the half birthday should be more low key. Don’t go crazy with your half birthday ideas. It’s not necessary.

Although I am sure some are probably looking up out of this world snow white birthday party ideas as we speak! Listen, we can’t help going big with bashes, too. I am the same way.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How do you celebrate your half birthday?

The general consensus is that celebrations for half birthdays are usually smaller, less expensive, and more personal. For the child who has a summer birthday and wants to share her birthday celebrations with her classmates, let him/her bring cupcakes or another treat to school. If you want to be creative like that, maybe give each child ½ of a cupcake or cookie (because it’s a HALF birthday). What a fun idea!

Here are some cupcake recipes:

If you have a half birthday party, the guest list is typically smaller. And guests are usually not asked to bring presents. (Though often people do bring gifts.) The half birthday ideas that work best are the ones that make the person feel unique and acknowledged by friends and family.

Celebrating a half birthday doesn’t have to be a 2 nd full-fledged birthday party. Don’t do that to yourself!

Kids’ birthday parties have already gotten way, WAY out of control. For a half birthday, tone things down. Maybe the child gets a special breakfast or lunch. Maybe they get to choose the dinner menu even if it’s something that is not normally served together.

Kids will always love getting to stay up a half-hour later than usual too. Pull out the birthday napkins left over from the last family birthday or make a run to the Dollar Store. Of course, baking half a cake is always a good idea too because…cake. (Hint: Make a full two-layer cake and freeze the second layer to use for another time.)

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Do people celebrate 1/2 birthdays?

Yes. Yes, people absolutely celebrate half birthday! Spend any time among the elementary school set and you are sure to hear about a half-birthday celebration. While it is typically children who celebrate this new tradition, some adults are getting into the spirit as well.

For those who don’t want to or can’t throw a birthday celebration on their regular birthday, a half birthday party is an excellent alternative. Also, a half birthday can be the excuse for a party for someone who does not like to be the center of attention or is uncomfortable with receiving gifts, a half birthday fete is just the ticket.

The best reason, in my opinion, for adults to use one of these half birthday ideas is to throw a surprise party. If you really want to catch some off-guard, yelling “Happy Half Birthday” is sure to do the trick.

It is a great way to have a fun day and make the “birthday” man or woman feel especially loved and unique. Plus, half birthday surprises are so easy to pull off.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Why are half birthdays important?

Half birthdays are important to anyone who places importance on them. Not everyone celebrates this milestone, but for those who do, it is an enjoyable tradition.

Since half birthdays happen about six months after the day of someone’s birth, this gives people the ability to celebrate during a different season, or without the overshadowing of another holiday or celebration.

No need for someone’s birthday to take a backseat to Christmas or 4 th of July or any other traditional holiday. Just celebrate a half birthday instead!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Does everyone have a half birthday?

Yes, everyone has a half birthday. However, not everyone celebrates it, obviously. Likewise, those who do celebrate half birthdays do not always do so in the same way.

There are no hard rules to this celebration. There are usually no epic soirees to live up to. You can totally break out of the typical birthday cake and ice cream mode, and do something entirely different. This is a great way to really show your uniqueness!

When you are planning this celebration, think about throwing “half” a party with only half the space decorating. Maybe it starts at half past an hour. Or, perhaps the party can be half outdoors and half indoors. Orange halves, half of a cake, and/or half-and-half pizzas are great additions to your half birthday party. Make it totally your own thing!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How do you figure out your half birthday?

Generally, people figure out the date of their half birthday by adding six months to the date of their actual birthday.

You can do it yourself if you want a math test, or you can use a half birthday calculator to save yourself the headache. The calculators will also tell you how long it has been from your last birthday and how far it is to your next birthday too.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

I hope these half birthday ideas are useful to you and help you celebrate someone special in your life.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

In this article

  • Understanding your three year old
  • Who to invite to the birthday party
  • Getting the timing right
  • Party games and activities
  • Choosing a party venue
  • What party food to serve
  • Choosing a party theme
  • The party bags
  • Choosing birthday presents
  • Top tips for a successful party

By three years of age, it’s party animal time! Your child is learning to be social, and will be able to play cooperatively for a short time with other children.

If he attends playgroup or nursery he’ll have a small circle of friends, and may have developed strong preferences and dislikes. It’s important to take these preferences into account.

Understanding your three year old

Who to invite to the birthday party

Your child may want to help you design handmade invitations – this can be a bit of fun quality time with stickers, coloured pens and card! The more colourful and fanciful the better – try using sequins and oddments of material such as ribbon, lace, and felt to create fun designs. Alternatively, opt for themed, ready-made, shop-bought invitations.

If your child goes to playgroup or nursery, they may wish to invite more friends than a child who is mainly at home – your child will know who he wants to invite, but limit it to 10 or 12 guests. It may be an idea to ask your child’s key worker at the nursery who your child seems to get on best with.

Getting the timing right

Party games and activities

It may be time to consider a children’s entertainer – they are expensive, but good value in that they allow you time to enjoy the party, rather than feel exhausted. Personal recommendation is best – you’ll probably have a choice of local clowns or magicians, or even a puppet show.

Many entertainers offer balloon modelling and a live pet rabbit visitor to add to the fun, or perhaps face painting. Children will probably manage half an hour of entertainment at most before needing a break. Have contingency plans in case the entertainer doesn’t arrive or is late.

Choosing a party venue

What party food to serve

Choosing a party theme

Three is an age of make-believe, and dressing up will appeal, so a fancy dress party is a great idea. Many themed party items are available and some companies provide themed party packs. Opt for a favourite TV or film character, or something more general, like pirates, fairies or action heroes, and decorate the room to match the theme.

Another fun option is a pinata. These paper models, filled with trinkets and/or sweets, come in all shapes and sizes. If whacked hard enough they burst open to release the goodies inside and a mad scramble ensues as the children gather them up. They’re not cheap, and for 10 children, a pack of pinata busters, toys for filling, pinatas and blindfolds soon adds up! A balloon drop is much less expensive, but great fun at hometime and will create a party to remember. Party supply companies can provide themed party packs, pinatas, balloon drops and more.

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You’re invited to a birthday party and show up with a gift, but then you’re expected to pay for your own food! Has this ever happened to you?

One woman is so fed up that she’s started a social media protest about this very issue!

The Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary recently wrote a column called “Stop charging me to attend your celebrations — #guestsdontpay.”

In the opinion piece, Singletary said she’s done paying to attend parties that she’s invited to:

“If it isn’t clear whether I’ll be charged, I ask. If I have to pay, I don’t go. I’ll offer congratulations and perhaps send a card or gift later. But I will not be a party to this etiquette breach.”

Singletary said that she’s often shown up at an event — like a birthday party, bridal shower or retirement celebration — and told she had to pay for her meal and chip in for the guest of honor.

“What happened to being just a guest, not a paying guest?” Singletary wrote in the paper.

Her #guestsdontpay protest is sparking quite a debate. Some people disagree with her and say they always expect to pay when invited to a party at a bar or restaurant.

Clark.com reached out to etiquette expert Diane Gottsman, founder of The Protocol School of Texas, for her take:

“Guests don’t want to feel as if they are being charged to attend an event they have been invited to. The protocol, when inviting someone to a function, is the host generally invites, covers the cost of the meal and also the gratuity. Whether it’s a small dinner party, an evening meal or a large event, it is most polite for the host to cover the cost unless it has been discussed in advance.”

Gottsman adds that at a friend’s birthday party, it’s a custom for the friends to pick up the cost of the birthday person’s meal. But if the birthday girl or guy throws the party, they’re the host and should cover the costs. The attendees would bring a gift.

“Unless the guests have prior knowledge, there should be no surprises. As for the guest, if they are uncomfortable attending for whatever reason, they should politely decline. No in-depth explanation is necessary,” Gottsman said.

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Maintain relationships and have fun with friends and family members by planning and hosting a virtual party while social distancing during COVID-19.

Not sure where to start? From picking a video call platform to sharing on social media, here are all the essential steps for hosting a party online to stay connected with loved ones near and far.

Here’s how to host a virtual party step by step.

1. Pick a Video Call Platform

Whether you’re planning a virtual happy hour or hosting an online dinner party, your virtual event requires the appropriate video chat app. Zoom, Google Hangout, Houseparty and FaceTime are some of the most familiar (and free!) group chat platforms. Hosting a Zoom party has become the most popular choice for large groups because of the app’s features and ease of access for participants from desktop and mobile devices.

2. Choose a Theme

Is this a virtual birthday party or another milestone event like a baby shower? Whatever the occasion, choose a party theme and order party decorations to spruce up your space. After all, guests will see these fun details on-screen.

Require a themed dress code and suggest guests upload one of these Zoom backgrounds to put everyone in a party mood. Check out these creative theme ideas and online party tips for inspiration:

3. Send Digital Invites

Make it official with online party invitations! Sites like Evite and Paperless Post have various invitations designed for every type of virtual party. Choose the best fit for your event and customize it with the necessary event details (like the menu and dress code details). Include the specifics of how to join virtually, whether that’s via Zoom, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime.

4. Plan an Activity

With every party, games and activities are always key, and that’s no different for a virtual party! We’ve found a couple of interactive options that will be a perfect fit for kids and adults alike.

Virtual Party Ideas

A virtual cocktail party, talent show, karaoke or game night with friends are just a few of the noteworthy ways to keep guests engaged and entertained. Check out these 35 Virtual Party Ideas for even more inspiration.

Virtual Entertainment

Here’s a novel idea! Hire a talented entertainer to put on a virtual show. An Elvis impersonator, fortune teller, or even a virtual singing telegram to sing happy birthday are all available these days. Browse a full list of vendors offering virtual services here.

Virtual Party Games

Xbox Live and Nintendo Online are great if all the guests pay for subscriptions, but there are also free online multiplayer game options. Virtual Uno, Pogo and Monopoly allow party-goers to play board games together virtually.

The Houseparty app offers free games for a small group of up to eight people to play. Virtual games include Chips and Guac (word association), Heads Up! (charades), plus, trivia and quick draw (similar to Pictionary).

Virtual Dance Party

Adults and kids love to dance, so this activity is sure to be a big hit. Prior to the party, invite the kids to take a Disney dance tutorial and perform their favorite dance (also fun for any Disney-loving adults!). Adults can turn to YouTube for dance tutorials on everything from line dancing to the latest TikTok dances. Or, put the formalities aside and simply put on this virtual dance party playlist and bust some moves together.

Netflix Party

This feels just like having a birthday party at the movie theater! Guests will need a Netflix subscription and a Google Chrome extension—add some popcorn and candy, and you’re ready to go!

5. Order Food and Drink

Since it is a special occasion, you can utilize curbside pick-up or delivery options from your favorite local restaurant, brewery, liquor store or caterer. Encourage party guests to do the same—this way you can all enjoy the same party drinks and food together.

Hosting a birthday party? Be sure to reach out to your favorite bakery and have the necessary birthday cake (or cupcakes!) on-hand for the guest of honor.

6. Do a Technical Check

For a successful event, you’re going to want to test out your online activities, devices, WIFI and video chat app. Here are 5 Technical Checks for Hosting a Virtual Party.

7. Share on Social

Spread the love and share the experience! Inspire others to still celebrate their special moments together and host virtual parties.

During the Party

Facebook or Instagram Live are perfect mediums to share a behind the scenes look at your virtual party. Create a #hashtag and encourage your guests to share too!

After the Party

Use a Facebook Photo Album or Carousel Instagram Post to share pictures of each virtual party detail (theme decor, activities, food and drinks). Don’t forget to include various screenshots of virtual party guests engaging in the fun.

Find more virtual party planning tips from The Bash here.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Who doesn’t love a party?

While enjoying a party is easy (you just show up, eat, drink and be merry), organizing a party is a different beast altogether.

Below are items to keep in mind when organizing a party.

Step 1. Figure out what type of party you want to have.

What type of party do you want to give?

You could throw a:

  • Surprise party
  • Birthday party
  • Anniversary party
  • Graduation party
  • Get well party
  • Housewarming party
  • Baby shower party
  • Engagement party
  • Bridal shower
  • Congratulations party
  • Block party
  • Pool party
  • Costume party
  • Retirement party
  • Farewell party
  • …or a Just because party, well, just because!

At this point in time, it helps to have a rough idea of how many people you will want to invite to your party.

Step 2. Decide on your budget.

How much are you willing to spend on invitations, food, drink, table and seat settings, decorations, music & entertainment?

Be brutally honest with yourself here; you don’t want to end up over budget after all is said and done.

Which of the above items are the most and the least important to you?

Step 3. Select the venue, date and time.

Where are you going to hold your party?

Your home, a friend’s home, hotel, office, banquet hall, community center, pool, park or house of worship?

Will you need to get a permit, license, or book a venue to hold the party?

On what day and time are you going to hold your party?

Step 4. Who are your guests?

Based on your budget and venue arrangements, confirm both 1) how many people and 2) exactly who will be on your guest list. How you will you invite guests?

Via paper invitation, phone, text, social media application or carrier pigeon?

Will your guests be able to invite others or not?

If you are throwing a party on behalf of someone, be sure to ask for a list of people they’d like to invite.

Step 5. Send out invitations.

What if you organized a party and no one came?

When preparing invitations, be sure to include the location, date, time, invitees, RSVP date as well as contact information, directions and any other notes.

Send invitations a couple of weeks in advance of your party to give people a chance to check/clear/hold their calendars and RSVP.

Step 6. Make and confirm other arrangements.

If you are throwing a party with additional arrangements such as music & entertainment, now’s the time to make and confirm those arrangements.

Pay careful attention to pricing, dates, services and times for set-up and break-down.

Step 7. Make a list of supplies and go shopping.

Make a list of supplies that you’ll need: food, drink, beverages (don’t forget the ice!), decorations, place settings, furniture, etc.

Take the list with you when shopping and buy non-perishables first, followed by perishables as you get nearer to the party date.

Step 8. Get a head start on setting up.

Always, always give yourself more time than you think you may need to set up for a party; it is easier to have much too much time on your hands than too little.

You’ll be thankful for that extra time when the decorations, food & beverages, music/entertainment take longer to prepare than expected, and when you realize you need to make a last-minute trip to the store (hey, it happens!)

Step 9. It’s party time!

You’ve worked hard, now it’s time to go and have some fun.

Welcome your guests, enjoy food, drink, dancing, conversations and the company of one another.

Now to you…what type of party are you planning? What’s your biggest concern in organizing the party to make sure everything runs smoothly? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!

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How to go to a birthday party with your infant

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How to go to a birthday party with your infant

After months of sleep deprivation, countless diaper changes, and about a million smiles and giggles, it’s finally time to plan your baby’s first birthday party.

No, your child won’t remember the big day, but you will. And the photos with baby in a “1st Birthday” hat will be priceless down the road.

Of course, these bashes are as much a party for the parents as they are for the child. It’s been a year of wonder, growth, and change—for everyone — so celebrate.

Choose a Theme for Your First Birthday Party

You don’t have to follow a theme, but sometimes picking one makes it easier to focus on the colors, decorations and other party details. Consider these ideas:

  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm. Set up hay bales as seating, dress your child in overalls, serve a farm-themed cake, give party favors in metal buckets (to resemble milking pails) and play Duck Duck Goose with the older kids.
  • Circus Party. Delight your baby and all of your guests with the big, bold colors and entertaining ideas for this circus-themed party.
  • Over the Rainbow. Young children are drawn to colors, so celebrate them all with a rainbow-themed party. Set out red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple party supplies and decorations. Make a cake with a different layer for each color and send everyone home with a CD mix of children’s music, starting with your favorite rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
  • Seasonal. Choose a theme that ties to the time of year, such as a Snowflake Party for winter babies, Sprinkles and Sunshine for a spring baby, Flower Power for a summer baby and Fall for Fall for an autumn baby. Hang handmade paper snowflakes for the winter party and serve snowman mashed potatoes and snowman treats. Suspend decorative umbrellas from your ceiling at the spring party and cover cupcakes with blue sprinkles to mimic rain. For the summer party, give Hawaiian leis as favors and set out a flower-shaped birthday cake. Serve owl cupcakes and foods made from pumpkin at the fall party.
  • Cupcakes and Cocktails. Yes, real cocktails. The baby will never know! Throw the party in the evening, serve swanky hors d’oeuvres and offer grownups a cocktail that matches the party’s color scheme. The kids get mocktails. Set up a cupcake-shaped piñata (compare prices) or make a pin-the-candle-on-the-cupcake game. Serve cupcakes that are more classy than cutesy.

Almost any kid-friendly theme will work for a baby’s first birthday. Consider how you could adapt these birthday themes for younger guests.

Invitations and Gifts

  • Send out invitations at least three weeks before the party.
  • The wording could read “one is fun” or “one little baby, one little cake, one whole year to celebrate.”
  • Some parents might feel as though friends and family have given them a lot of presents over the prior year, especially if baby showers were held or if gifts were given after the child’s birth. If you want guests to know you don’t expect any more presents, you could write something on the invitations to indicate that, such as “your presence is gift enough.”
  • The invitations also could be a place where you set a theme for the gifts. For instance, you could say that you’re working on building your child’s library and you’re hoping guests can give a used book that their own children no longer read as the present.
  • When it comes time to open presents, you will probably be quite busy helping your child. Ask someone to write down the gifts and who gave them so you can write personal thank you cards after the party is over.

Games and Activities

Entertain the birthday girl and all of her guests with a variety of first birthday games that friends of all ages can play,

The Cake

Some parents can’t wait to see the look of delight when their child takes their first bite of birthday cake—their first taste of sugar!—at their first birthday party.

Another fun tradition is to watch a child blow out their first birthday candle. Be careful, though. One-year-olds tend to flail their arms about, especially when they’re excited, such as ​when a room full of people sing at them. Keep the candle far enough away during the Happy Birthday song that they can’t reach it, then pull it in close when it’s time to blow.

Relax and enjoy the party. You’ve worked hard this year and deserve to have fun, too.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

In this article

  • Planning a menu for your baby’s first birthday party
  • Starters and finger foods
  • Savoury items
  • Desserts
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Party food planning tips

Planning a menu for your baby’s first birthday party

Your baby’s first birthday is indeed something very special to celebrate. The menu you plan depends on the kind of celebration you have in mind. Here are a few things you may want to consider before planning the menu.

What kind of party do you have in mind?
Is it a small tea party, high tea or a big lunch or dinner? Small party menus can be easily handled at home. If you are planning a big lunch or dinner, you may want to serve a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. Some parents hire a caterer to take care of a special party menu. If you’d like to have a larger gathering, you could consider hosting the party at an exclusive party venue where catering is included.

Who is on the guest list?
Is it a party only for the little ones or are you planning on calling your family, friends and neighbours? Your menu, serving size and quantity of food will depend a lot on the age and number of your guests.

What kind of food to serve?
If the guests are your baby’s age and just getting started on solids, you may want to serve easy to make homemade foods. You may want to serve vegetarian food or a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. You may also want to plan food depending on specific preferences such as eggless, vegan, or onion and garlic-free foods.

Starters and finger foods

  • French fries or potato wedges
  • baked potato smileys or potato alphabets (available in stores)
  • baked sweet potato cubes
  • fresh fruit salad
  • baby breadsticks
  • carrot sticks
  • cheesy vegetable nuggets
  • biscuits and cookies (without nuts)
  • iced chocolate cookies
  • mini muffins
  • fruit canapés
  • garlic bread topped with cheese spread

For more options take a look at these finger food recipes.

Savoury items

  • an assortment of bite-sized sandwiches (you can cut them into interesting shapes)
  • mini idlis with coconut or coriander/tomato chutney
  • mini aloo tikkis with tomato chutney or ketchup
  • mini bread rolls with potato/paneer, mashed vegetable filling
  • mixed vegetable, paneer or chicken or tofu cutlets
  • mini pizzas with a topping of finely chopped onions, tomato, capsicum, cheese
  • mini dosas, vadas or uttapams with chutney
  • pao bhaji cooked with minimal spices
  • boiled potato chaat
  • macaroni in white sauce
  • mixed vegetable bake
  • stuffed vegetable or mince (keema) kulchas
  • pooris with aloo sabzi
  • soft bhaturas with choley
  • vegetable or chicken noodles
  • paneer, potato, onion or mixed vegetable pakoras
  • chicken nuggets

For more ideas see our snack recipes.

Desserts

  • Birthday cake
  • rasgullas or gulab jamuns
  • suji halwa, rawa kesari, gajar halwa, moong dal halwa
  • fruit yoghurt
  • rice, suji, sabudaana or vermicelli kheer
  • small cups of shrikhand or mishti doi
  • custard and jelly served in individual cups
  • ice-cream served in individual cups or cones
  • fruit cream

Make sure there are no nuts or toppings that could be a choking hazard.

Why not try these nutritious and healthy dessert recipes.

Drinks and beverages

Party food planning tips

Planning in advance will make things simpler and save any last minute surprises.

  • It’s a good idea to call parents in advance and ask about any food allergies or intolerances.
  • When selecting the cake choose a flavour that would work for children and adults alike. You may want to pick an eggless and nut-free version to cater to the tastes of all your guests. Some parents like to have a small separate cake for the birthday baby – this way your little one can smash into it to all her heart’s content.
  • Don’t serve any nuts or dry fruit (peanuts, almonds, raisins and so on), popcorn, small hard candies, small fruit like grapes or cherries that may present a choking hazard to the little ones.
  • Tea, coffee or fizzy drinks aren’t recommended for babies and toddlers and best avoided. Learn about the best and worst drinks for kids.
  • Keep bread, butter, cheese spread and jam handy in case you need to quickly rustle up some extra sandwiches.
  • While chips and namkeens are popular at many children’s parties, you may want to check with parents before serving any of these items. Some parents may have a strict “no fried, no spicy or no junk food policy” for their child.
  • Make sure the food is fresh, especially if you are using a caterer or ordering food from a restaurant. It’s best to go with a caterer who is known for its quality and service.
  • Check in advance if any caregivers or nannies will be accompanying your little guests. Also, plan for some extra food in case a sibling joins the fun.
  • You may also want to keep food preferences and religious considerations in mind.
  • Choose child-friendly cups, glasses and plates. Many parents prefer to use eco-friendly, disposables or food grade plastic ware.

Share your party tips and recipes with other parents on our community forums!

Birthday Party Packages

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The Museum hosts birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30AM – 12:30PM or 3:30PM – 5:30PM.

  • Package #1: (40 Guests) $450
  • Package #2: (60 Guests) $800

Birthday Party Packages

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Package #1

В Admission for up to 40 guests (including the birthday child and parents)

  • Private party room for 2 hours (a Museum host will assist you during the party)
  • Decorated party room with paper goods in your choice of colors
  • Make and Take Art Project using a Mixed Media Craft Table
  • Guided Museum Tour (1 hour)
  • Distribution of cupcakes or cake brought by you and Happy Birthday song
  • Set up/clean up by Museum staff before/after the party
  • A special gift for the birthday child‍

Please note: Food and beverage must be ordered from our Pizza or Subway catering menus ONLY, for an additional cost. No other outside food and beverage is allowed, with the exception cupcakes or cake and other items to accommodate dietary restriction/allergies, including Kosher items.

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Package #2

В Admission for up to 60 guests (including the birthday child and parents)

  • Extra Large Private party room for 2 hours (a Museum host will assist you during the party)
  • Decorated party room with paper goods in your choice of colors
  • Make and Take Art Project using a Mixed Media Craft Table
  • Guided Museum Tour (1 hour)
  • Distribution of cupcakes or cake brought by you and Happy Birthday song
  • Set up/clean up by Museum staff before/after the party
  • A special gift for the birthday child

ADD ONS: В В

Themed Gift Bags (Dino, Mermaid, Princess) from our Gift Shop: $5 per bag

В· В Signature Craft activity- $75.00 Tie Dye Bandana (ages 7 and up) or Slime (all ages)

В· В Birthday Party Theme Add on – $50: Little Princess, Mermaid, Dino or Construction

Birthday Themes

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Policies & Procedures

Below are some important things to know when planning your birthday party with us:

  • Catering is an additional cost and must be selected from the party menu. However, you are welcome to bring your own cake and/or order cupcakes.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the Museum galleries and must be kept in the party room at all times. We do not allow confetti, glitter or piГ±atas and tape is not permitted on the walls or doors.
  • Birthday parties are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays only. We encourage you to schedule your party at least two weeks in advance, as we fill-up quickly.
  • Reservations require a 50% deposit at the time of booking. Final payment and party menu selections are due 5 business days before your scheduled party. Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Cancellations will not be refunded. If a cancellation occurs two weeks prior to the date of the party, payments will be converted to a MiChiMu gift card, which never expires. We cannot replace gift cards that are lost or stolen.
  • Parking fees are not included in your birthday package. The Miami Parking Authority parking lot is located on the east side of Miami Children’s Museum for patrons and guests. For your convenience, there are two automated pay stations in the lot. Rates are $1 per hour, seven days a week. For more information please call 305-373-6789 or visit the Miami Parking Authority

For more information or to book a party, please email [email protected] or call 305-373-5437 ext. 100.

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My Little Princess provides Princesses, Fairies, Pirates & Superheroes for Children’s Birthday Parties. We started the business in 2008 & are proud to be one of the longest running Princess character companies in the UK! We now have over 50 entertainers spread across England (Including London, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Gloucester, Somerset, Warwickshire, Northants, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Leicestershire, Midlands, Devon, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Durham and Kent). We have extremely high standards at My Little Princess – we make sure we only employ the very best Princesses, who truly represent the fairytale characters & with limited use of wigs! We also spend much time training our team to make sure they are fully prepared for the party world! We have entertained at many different events – both for corporate and private clients, as well as appearing on TV, radio and printed press! We can entertain for small groups of only a few children, all the way up to events with many hundreds! Please enjoy reading through our reviews, we’ve had 1000s of them over the years and are extremely proud of this! (NB: This site is a private enterprise and is not affiliated with the Walt Disney)

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“We had our Belle birthday party today. I just wanted to say how impressed I was with her. We had a stressful start as when we arrived at the venue they had just discovered they’d had a break in and they thought we might have to cancel the party. I was a bit emotional and Belle was great. In the end we moved to a smaller room and Belle improvised with less space available but she was fantastic and provided a great party. The kids had a great time. Many thanks”

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In this article

  • Celebrate a year of parenthood
  • Throw a big party
  • Make some memories
  • Relax – your baby won’t know any different!

Celebrate a year of parenthood

“The other half and I went out for dinner to congratulate each other on surviving the first year (just!)”
Becky

“I made a little buffet and some chilli for friends and family. If anyone wanted to have a drink they were more than welcome to it. We had a few! Your baby will never remember it, but first birthdays are definitely a celebration for the parents as much as the baby.”
Jess

“We had a joint ‘thank goodness we survived the first tricky 365 days party’ and naming ceremony for the twins’ first birthday. To be honest, it wasn’t really about them at all!”
Danni

Throw a big party

“Even though they won’t remember it, you will. So at this age it’s still nice to do something special. You’ll be creating memories for yourselves, and you can also take photos that you and your child can look back on.”
Josie

“We had a huge party, with over 100 people! Joe won’t remember it, it’s more about celebrating me and my man making it through a whole year! I don’t think we could, or would, let it pass without a party. After the first birthday, we will celebrate the fifth, 10th, 16th and 18th birthdays.”
Libby

“If it’s a second, third or fourth child’s first birthday, wrap some presents, buy balloons and get a cake for the older children to enjoy. We had a family tea party for our second son when he turned one, but it was really a little party for our first. He opened the birthday boy’s gifts, helped pick his cake, blew out the candles, and had a great day!”
Sasha

“We’ve decided to have a pool party as our baby loves being in the water. We’re hiring the local baby pool for an hour. Then we’ve booked the on-site party room for the hour afterwards, for food and games with all of his little friends.”
Nikita

“We are making a right fuss for Annie’s first birthday. We’re having 20 family and friends over for sandwiches and cupcakes. It’s a great excuse to decorate the kitchen with banners and get the families together.”
Sian

Make some memories

“How about planting a tree or shrub? That way you’ll see it grow with your child. And it doesn’t have to be a massive tree! We visited a garden centre with our son, so he could choose his special shrub himself. (Well, we sort-of chose it really!)”
Becky

“We got our baby a big card to mark the occasion. She chewed it a bit, and then we put it up. It’s now stored away so we can show her when she’s older.”
Tamara

“With my first I was a single parent. It was just me, him and a whole big cake I’d made. The pictures are great, as he mainly smothered the cake all over his face!”
Jane

“My other half, my tiny son and I went to the local pottery shop and got moulds done of his feet. It’s such a sweet memento, because each year we can see how much he’s grown.”
Zainab

Relax – your baby won’t know any different!

“First birthdays are for the parents’ benefit, to celebrate surviving the first year and remember the day you gave birth. Do whatever you fancy. Your baby won’t hold it against you!”
Tori

“Save your pennies for something they need. Both of ours got car seats for their first birthdays.”
Laura

“My parents went on holiday without me over my first birthday. I still love them! I wouldn’t even know if it weren’t for my grandparents spilling the beans!”
Imogen

“We did nothing for our baby’s first birthday. We did practically nothing for his second birthday, either. I saw a number of very traumatised, anxious parents trying to throw first and second birthday parties. I was glad not to be one of them!”
Lana

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! From cakes to spa parties, you’ll find what you need here to plan the perfect birthday party. All of the following organizations would LOVE to help you with your child’s birthday party, so start browsing! Know a business not on our list? Here is how they can sign up for free.

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

W ell-trained and enthusiastic Birthday Party Hosts make each party unforgettable while inspiring imagination, learning, and play!

Relax and enjoy the fun as children imagine what it’s like to be a pirate, princess, spy, or even a mad scientist.

Your next birthday party adventure awaits at Discovery Gateway!

Discovery Gateway Members receive 20% off! Visit DiscoveryGateway.org to learn more. Call (801) 456-5437 x105 or email [email protected] to book your party today!

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Code Ninjas

At Code Ninjas we take fun to the next level for our Videogame fanatics and STEM learners! Our Senseis make it an exciting and interactive experience as soon as you step into our Dojo! With a two-hour private party, pick a theme and have a blast.

Themes range from Minecraft, Roblox, Among Us, Fortnight, Robotics, 3D design, and more! We have something for everyone. Bring your own food, cake, and Ice cream to celebrate at the end and open a special Code Ninja 3D printed gift! Pricing for our 2- hour parties start at $250 for up to 10 kids. Additional hours and kids can be purchased.

Call us today and we will work with you to plan the best party ever!

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SeaQuest

Blow out your candles with a VIP birthday Party at SeaQuest! A one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience, birthday parties at SeaQuest are nothing short of magical! Festivities include full admission to the aquarium and goodie bags for an unlimited number of guests, a specially reserved birthday table in our party room for you to decorate, a private group animal encounter and a VIP gift for the birthday child, all hosted by your very own SeaQuest chaperone. Bring your favorite food along or allow our event planner to plan the perfect menu for you. Enhance your experience by inviting one of our professional Mermaid or Pirate characters to attend and entertain your guests.

Located at Layton Mall, SeaQuest is easily accessible and a great place for your next birthday party!

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Little Beakers Science Lab for Kids

Upon their arrival at Little Beakers, your guests will begin the transformation into scientists; donning lab coats and safety glasses and examining fibers or crystals under microscopes. Soon after, they’ll be guided through hands-on experiments including initiating volcano-like reactions, exploring Newton’s Laws of motion and creating take-home polymers. Just before heading into the party room where they can relive the excitement, everyone gathers around for an explosive finale kicked-off by the guest of honor!

Looking for something different? Choose from our exciting list of birthday packages including: fossils and dinosaurs, giant explosions, forensics, earthworms, frogs, or shark dissections and more!

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AdventuringPortal.com

Whether your teen/tween has played D&D before or is brand-new to the experience, this safe space brings players together to have fun and solve problems as a team unlike any other online opportunity. Started by a certified elementary and middle school math teacher, Adventuring Portal a great way for your kids to safely socialize, grow as people, and have a great time. ALL skill levels welcome! We also offer one-time 3-hour adventures that are perfect for Virtual Sleepovers, Birthday Parties, B-Mitzvah/Quinciñera Parties or Family and Friends Game Nights any day of the week. You can put together your own group or we can make that happen!

We are an organization committed to justice and inclusion. We promote racial justice and welcome gamers who are LGBTQIA+ and those on any spectrum. All girls’ groups are available.

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Electric Gamebox

At Electric Gamebox we entertain the whole family – from the kids to the grandparents, this is an experience to be shared. Challenge your children at retro-style games you played as a kid, or join forces as a family to impress aliens in Alien Aptitude Test.

Book our newest game, Shaun the Sheep: Championsheeps, to give younger kids a sensory play experience unlike any other in a series of interactive games inspired by sporting events around the farm, and work as a team to win.

We take immersive entertainment to the next level! Step into the Gamebox and enter a fully-private, interactive digital room featuring projection mapping, touch screens, motion tracking and surround sound. You and your family can enjoy a hyper-immersive adventure unlike any other.

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Looking for a Fun Place to Host A Birthday Party?

Whether you are planning a boy’s or girl’s birthday party, a teen birthday party, or an adult party, here are some birthday party destinations where you can create a memorable event.

Many of the locations below offer a variety of fun things to do for party guests of all ages.

Birthday Party Packages

Check with the venues below to see what their birthday party packages entail. Sometimes they include a birthday cake and treats, a goodie bag for each guest, admission to their attraction or tour, or even a visit by a special guest. Some offer different packages to fit your budget.

Obviously reservations are recommended. Check with each venue for their special birthday party packages, party hours, and cancellation policies.

Parties for All Occasions

Birthday parties may be the most popular parties, but some of these locations also make their facilities available for other occasions, such as company parties, youth group events, and more. Be sure to check with each location to find out what they have to offer.

For other ideas for fun things to do with children visit our Kids’ Attractions and Miniature Golf pages. And see our list of restaurants that offer a Free Meal on Your Birthday.

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Interactive playplace for children. Kids can explore nine luxury playhouses, slide down a firefighter pole, check an x-ray in our hospital, deliver mail, and more. Our environment stimulates children’s curiosity and creativity. Two private party rooms, storytimes, dance parties, drive-in movies, summer camp, and more! 8,000 square feet of fun! Visit Website

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301 Linden Street
Columbia, PA 17512
717-684-0134

Walk through interactive exhibits and learn how ice cream and iced tea flavors are made. Then create your own ice cream flavor in our Taste Lab, and create a TV commercial promoting your flavor. Enjoy plenty of free samples of ice cream and iced tea. Fun for the whole family. Visit Website

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Best value in Lancaster for your Birthday Party or Celebration at your child’s favorite destination! Filled with bounce houses, slides & obstacle courses. Children will bounce, play and enjoy their special day. Or you can Rent a Bounce House for your own backyard party. Call Today! Visit Website

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You’re going to have so much fun at your next Refreshing Mountain Birthday Party. We have everything you need for the perfect party adventure: ziplines, high ropes courses, pedal carts, escape rooms, interactive animal experiences, and more! Group sizes with packages designed for 1-8, 9-19, or even 20+. Visit website

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3545 Marietta Ave, Suite DD, Lancaster, PA 17601 717-478-8515

Provides baseball/softball instruction to athletes who want to improve their game, increase their confidence and build lasting relationships. We are NOT only baseball/softball. Let us plan you’re your birthday party! Packages may include inflatables, sports-themed games, and loads of fun! Optional custom cake packages are available. COME PLAY AT OUR HOUSE! Visit Website

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Serving Lancaster & York Counties, 717-650-7657

The birthday party staycation is the trend for 2022. Create your dream backyard birthday party with 3 Monkeys Inflatables. We offer the largest Entertainment & Party Rental inventory in Lancaster County: bounce houses, combos, obstacles, water slides, concessions, tents, tables, chairs, and much more. Give us a call today for the Best Event Ever! Visit Website

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721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-569-KIDS

Hands-on House is a great place for birthday parties. Our staff will make the planning and preparation easy for you. Your child and their friends will have a blast! The museum is also available for private parties. You can have the whole building all to yourself! Visit Website

Find us at the Shops @ Rockvale
35 S. Willowdale Drive, #1815
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-517-8352

Busy Bodies Play Café, a fun indoor playground that your little one will enjoy! Visit Website

Variety of birthday packages that include food, games, and more! Visit Website

150 Cherry Hill Road
Ronks, PA 17572
866-546-1799

Celebrate with a fun birthday party adventure at our farm. Visit website

The perfect place for birthday parties. Kids will have a blast! Visit Website

349 Main Street
Denver, PA 17517
717-336-0556

Celebrate your special day at your home away from home! Visit website

2249 Lincoln Hwy. East (U.S. Route 30)
Lancaster, PA 17602
1-866-FUNatDW

With over 35 rides and attractions, it’s a Kingdom for Kids! Visit Website

Serving Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, & Gettysburg. 717-586-0317

A quality Photobooth experience. Small business. Big on customer service. Visit website

325 North Queen Street, Suite G04
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-208-7244

Ten virtual reality stations, retro gaming terminals, affordable birthday party packages. Visit website

2050 Auction Rd. (Rt. 283 at the Rt. 230 Mt. Joy exit)
Manheim, PA 17545
717-492-0002

Laser Tag plus Racing Zone, Pinball, Laser Maze, Rollercoaster Simulator, more! Open day and night. Visit Website

Pet and ride miniature horses at an Amish farm store. Visit website

1500 Christopher Place, Suite B106
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-467-6111

High quality, self-serve frozen yogurt. Our customizable cakes are delicious for birthdays, anniversaries and parties. Visit Website

2900 Oregon Pike
Lititz, PA 17543
717-656-2856

Birthday party packages, farm-themed activities, playground, birthday cakes, and more. Visit website

Fun with friends or family. Paint your own masterpiece. Visit website

Snapology parties are fun, stress free and interactive with a broad range of themes. Visit Website

1 Hollinger Lane
Elizabethtown, PA
717-902-9791

275+ acres of adventure! Enjoy horseback trail rides and an 1800’s era steam train ride! Visit Website

301 Gap Road (Route 741 East)
Ronks (Strasburg), PA 17572
866-725-9666

Celebrate a birthday at the Strasburg Rail Road! Visit website

2395 Covered Bridge Drive
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-394-6185

Perfect location for your child’s birthday! Tons of children activities. Visit Website

662 South Oak Street
Manheim, PA 17545
717-664-2250

Customized Mini Golf birthday packages available. Visit website

1444 Village Road (Route 741)
Strasburg, PA 17579
717-687-6933

Challenging miniature golf, snack bar, and birthday party packages available. Visit website

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Power up your Super Mario Party with the help of these creative birthday party ideas!

If your little one is ready for an awesome birthday adventure with pals Mario and Luigi in the Mushroom Kingdom, then these 19 Awesome Super Mario Birthday Party Ideas will help you bring the video game to life for a one-of-a-kind birthday celebration! Score some major points with the kids and these ideas for decorations, cupcakes, cakes, food, party favors, games, and more! Your little gamer will be so impressed!

Super Mario Party Supplies

  • Super Mario Printable Party Decor Set
  • Super Mario Printable Photo Booth Props
  • Super Mario Party Invitations
  • Super Mario Favor Tags
  • Super Mario Birthday Shirt

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Super Mario Birthday Party Ideas

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Since Super Mario Brothers is based on a video game, a Super Mario Party definitely needs some fun party games, right?! Make this fun DIY Pin the Mustache on Mario Game to keep the kids busy and having fun!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

The first thing you need after determining your Super Mario Party Theme is a super cool party invitation that will get the kids excited for the party! Set the tone for the celebration with this Super Mario Party Invitation!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant Every kid is excited to get cool party favors, but when they see these awesome Super Mario Party Favor Boxes they are going to go crazy! Seriously, how perfect are these favor boxes for a Super Mario Birthday Party?! Just fill them up with themed toys and candy and you will have yourself some happy kids!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Bring the Super Mario game to life with these awesome Super Mario Party Cutout Decorations! Imagine how awesome your party space will look with these giant characters! The kids will have a blast taking photos next to their favorites!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

The theme doesn’t stop at the party favors! “Game over!” How cute and clever are these Super Mario Party Favor Tags?! Attach these creative favor tags to your party favors for the best take home. token a kid could get!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

It’s time to start thinking about how you are going to incorporate the food and desserts into the Super Mario Party theme. These Mushroom Cupcakes are quick and easy to whip up and the party guests will love them!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Is this Super Mario Party Backdrop AMAZING or what?! The kids will have a blast taking photos in front of this backdrop that looks straight out of the video game! All you need to create this backdrop are some gold plates, boxes, red brick paper, yellow paper, white paper, and a blue sheet. It’s time to start crafting the party decorations!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

This Super Mario Party Set Up is pretty awesome as well. We love how creative parents get for their children’s parties! It looks like you stepped right into the screen to play the game! What a great Super Mario Party room!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

These Star Power Cookies are a great added detail to your Super Mario dessert table! They are super easy to make and with an added food label they fit the theme perfectly.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How clever is this Game Over Treats Sign and Nintendo candy bar wrappers for a Super Mario Birthday Party?! What a great party favor idea with the theme perfectly executed.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

The kids will love these fun Super Mario Party Ideas!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

This cool Super Mario Dessert Table features gold coins and Mario and Luigi photos for the backdrop.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

These Super Mario Cookies are a must-have for this party theme!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Need a fun cake idea for the party?! This Super Mario Cake is perfect!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Add these Piranha Plant Cake Pops to your sweets table.

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Everyone at your party will LOVE these Mario Cupcakes shaped to look like Mario! How cool!

How to go to a birthday party with your infant

Another fun activity for the kids to do at the party is this Hunt For Yoshi Eggs Game.

Which of these 19 Awesome Super Mario Birthday Party Ideas are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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