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As a party planner I love all celebrations. I especially love 1st birthday parties.
Here are 4 must do’s to make a 1st birthday special.
- Smash Cake – A smash cake is a small cake that is exclusively for the birthday boy or girl. It allows them to get their hands dirty and fully experience their own cake. There is something so adorable about watching the birthday boy or girl experience cake for most likely the first time. I also recommend doing a separate smash cake photo session. Some kids are so overwhelmed by everyone singing and looking at them they barely taste the cake.
2. Decorated Highchair – Signing happy birthday for the 1st time is an amazing moment that you will want to capture on film and on video. Just like you plan the décor for a cake table think about your highchair as a photo prop. I personally love a sign that says 1 and balloons behind the high chair. Also think about where you want to put the high chair. You want to make sure you have plenty of space for all your guests to gather and have a good view of the birthday boy or girl; as well as a decorated backdrop.
3. Monthly Photos – There are lots of creative ways to highlight your birthday boy or girl’s 1st year of life. Some of my favorites include: monthly photos labeled and hung, pictures in frames or a digital slide show.
4.Birthday Outfit – 1st birthday is a great excuse to have an outfit that commemorates this milestone or your theme. It does not have to stop with just the outfit. Don’t forget about an adorable bib and party hat to complete the outfit.
5.Friends and Family from afar – I will never forget how my aunts and uncles flew into town for our daughter’s 1st birthday. I recommend picking and sharing a date early to give out of town guests plenty of time to book their travel. Having friends and family in town makes the milestone even more special.
6.Experts – Hire a party planner and a photographer. Having these professionals help so that you can actually enjoy the party and know it will be executed flawlessly and documented for you to see later.
Would you recommend adding anything to our list? Love to hear about your 1st birthday traditions. Need help call Cristy at (561) 213-6420
Hi, I’m Cristy an Event Designer with Creative Touch Party Design, http://creativet