Are you already daydreaming about baby’s first birthday? Although every birthday is significant, that first milestone celebration is special. Does that significant first status make you a little nervous about planning a party? Not to worry! There are just a few initial decisions to make and then everything else will be easier.

First, decide what will have the most meaning for you and your family. Do you want to host an intimate gathering for the nearest and dearest or are you hoping to supersize for a crowd?

Pick Your First Birthday Party Theme

Next, consider a theme for your celebration. The theme is like the hub of a wheel and all other party considerations will relate to that idea. So, how do you choose a theme? There are a number of ways to go about it; here are a few to consider:

  • Are there family/cultural traditions you want to acknowledge?
  • Is this party to be symbolic of hopes you have for baby’s future? If so, a theme that includes planes, boats or hot air balloons are often used to suggest going places in life.
  • Are childhood icons important to you? You could include Beatrix Potter bunnies, Winnie-the-Pooh and crew, zany Dr. Seuss creations or a whole cast of Disney characters.
  • A favorite book can afford a theme idea; “Guess How Much I Love You”, “The Little Prince”, and “The Velveteen Rabbit” are a few popular titles.
  • Celebrate glimmers of that personality you see emerging: cute-as-a-button, little rascal, Mr. Sunshine, Princess, the boss, etc. A favored nickname can offer a clue, too.
  • Celebrate seasonal interests/colors; a springtime gathering in pastels looks totally different from an autumn party in earthy tones.

Once you’ve decided on the party theme you can get on with the other components: invitations, decorations, menu choices, activities and favors. As a brief example, let’s say you’ve chosen to use the hot air balloon/going places as a theme. The invitation envelope could look like a blue sky with white clouds; the invite might be in the shape of a balloon, with a ribbon streamer. Decorations would include baskets with helium balloons, maps and references to nature with live plants and flowers. Menu choices could be picnic form of cuisine from around the world. A photo booth would be a fun activity. Also, adults could write well wishes for the celebrant; kids could blow bubbles and play pin-the-balloon on the basket. You’d send guests home with mini chipboard suitcases filled with a special balloon shaped cookie.

Enjoy Your First Birthday Party Celebration!

Baby isn’t going to understand the entire party yahoo, but s/he will feel the joy and share in the laughter with you and your guests no matter how you decide to celebrate that first significant milestone. Relax…enjoy the day as it unfolds and remember to take lots of pictures.

What will you do to celebrate your baby’s first birthday party?

Stephanie Keeping is a mom of boys, a blogger, and an Etsy-preneur. She celebrates boyish charm at Spaceships and Laser Beams, where she talks about all things boy and birthday party. You can connect with her on Facebook, Google+,Pinterest,Twitter and on Etsy.