With 9 babies and over 20 adults, our house was definitely BUSY, but we had lots of fun.
1) The time: The party was scheduled between 11-2, which seemed to work perfect for "our little friends" regardless of their 2 naps or 1 nap/day routines.
2) Stress free lunch menu: Because the party was over the lunch hour, a lunch menu had to be thought about. Keeping it simple (and cost effective) we did frozen pizzas, veggies and finger foods. This proved to be easy and convenient for parents trying to watch their "on the go" 1 year olds.
3) Baby friendly food bar: We served avocado sandwiches, vegemite sandwiches, goldfish, mum mums and (the big hit) sugarless, butterless, all around healthy, zucchini muffins! (Stay tuned for the recipe on my next blog).
4) Balloons: Balloons are a great, inexpensive way to fill the space with a "pop" of colour. Although keep them out of reach of little ones so they don't actually "pop".
5) Kitchen help: I was fortunate to have my brother-in-law volunteer to cook all the food. He was busy all day refreshing the food, drinks, and ensuring things didn't get burnt. An absolute lifesaver!
6) Circle time: Babies tend to love stories, rhymes and bubbles. A short circle time was the perfect activity to get all the party guests refocused and having tons of fun! (I think the Daddy's even learned a few new songs!)
7) Loot bag: We kept it very simple and inexpensive with loot bags that included shakers, board books, and bath toys.
8) And ofcourse, a very fun SMASH CAKE! And smashed it did get!
Our son's 1st Birthday Party was an excellent way to celebrate his first year and all the relationships we have formed throughout it. The celebration was a true reflection of the little person he is becoming; social, outgoing and the life of the party!