Our tips for organizing baby’s first birthday!

Wow! The apple of your eye is about to celebrate its very first birthday! This date also symbolizes your first steps into parenthood and deserves a great celebration. Charlie Crane gives you all its secrets to happily blow out this first candle.

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(c) Poupée Rousse

Is it worth it to organize a one-year anniversary?

Of course it is! Even if your child is still small and doesn’t realize it, he or she will still notice the festive atmosphere and the presence of his or her loved ones, gathered for him or her. This party is also a milestone for you, the parent, and will help create beautiful memories for your family photo album.

When should you plan your baby’s birthday party?

We suggest that you plan this party for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon after nap time. Your child should be well enough to see people, eat a piece of cake, open presents… and play with wrapping paper!

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(c) L’amoureuse du Renard

How many people to invite? 

You can invite your family, friends or the parents of the daycare as you prefer.
Keep in mind: your child will be more comfortable in a calm atmosphere with people he or she already knows. Your home is still the best place to hold this party, as your child will feel more reassured in familiar surroundings. From a practical point of view, your home is also ideal, as you will have your changing table and all the necessary items for diaper changes within easy reach.
Remember: the goal of this first birthday is not to organize a huge party, but to get happy memories with your loved ones, without stress or tears!

Where to find the decoration for this first birthday?

Who says party, says decoration. You can choose a theme (sailor, pirate, magic, animals, circus…) or just a few guiding colors. We’ve spotted some pretty ideas on Pinterest to inspire you. We’ve also listed three sites for you to find some great decor. Don’t forget the balloons that will always entertain the little ones!

What menu to plan for a birthday party?

Obviously, we do not forget the cake, it just has to be adapted to the age of your child. So we say bye bye to the hard elements like nougatine or caramel. And hello soft cookies, mousses, compote, little boudoirs… Don’t forget the candle to blow which will fascinate your baby. Plan drinks with less sugar for the little ones and a few glasses of champagne for the adults, softs for the future mothers… Add some fruits, compotes, salty snacks. Beware of sugar and candy, not recommended for toddlers. You are now all set up!

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(c) Fringe and Frange

What kind of activities should I plan for a one year old baby?

Well, the treasure hunts will be for a little later… In the meantime, baby will mostly need your arms and you. You can plan nursery rhymes to sing and mime, little activities like finger painting, modeling clay, salt dough, construction games. If you have some, you can even use an animator or a baby-sitter. Great for a little puppet show!

What gifts to please a one year old baby?

Gifts adapted to their age group of 12-18 months: wooden toys, little towers to stack, construction games, a carrier, books, a little tea party… Don’t hesitate to guide your friends and family so that you don’t end up with twelve thousand new comforters. If you send an invitation, you can even add a link to some gift ideas. The guests will inevitably come with their arms full, so you might as well make it easy for them while being sure to receive what you really want and need.

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(c) A Little J and K

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