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Party for 1yo

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Lollypop1983 Wed 12-Mar-14 09:29:31

My pfb is turning one next month. My husband has now decided that we should have a gathering of some sort for him. That's fine, I don't mind organising something...

Except I have absolutely no idea where to begin!

I've worked out there will be about 12 children in total aged 6 months to 5 yo. I haven't counted the adults. To be honest, I'm more concerned about how to entertain 12 children!

Can I ask if you had a party for your 1 year old, how many children did u have and what did u do. Did u hire soft play area? Any advice would be much appreciated.

ZingSweetMango Wed 12-Mar-14 10:17:31

nice idea, but I would not do a 1st birthday party when I have to entertain anybody, let alone kids as such.

less is more, have a handful of people, go out for a meal and enjoy the day.

you'll have plenty of time for bigger parties!

and happy birthday to your PFB!smile

poocatcherchampion Wed 12-Mar-14 17:40:06

we are having a little party for dd's 2nd birthday on the weekend. it is from 11-1, I'm making nibbly party food and the kids can entertain themselves preferably in the garden. most are between age 1 and 4.

keep it short, offer food and entertain will sort itself!

curiousgeorgie Wed 12-Mar-14 17:48:12

I had a 1st birthday for my PFB... Hired a marquee in the garden, hired softplay, ball pool & bouncy castle..

Had a magician and a clown.

Made a long tea party table and bought hundreds of butterflies and roses and wove them and hung them everywhere... Did a sweetie buffet and lots of cupcakes and biscuits and a more grown up buffet and lots of wine for the adults. Hundreds of all different colour pink balloons...

It was amazing grin

Doing the same for my DD2 this summer.

curiousgeorgie Wed 12-Mar-14 17:48:53

Mine was 12-4, all my 'mummy friends' left around 4 and all my family and childless friends stuck around till midnight! wink

whatsagoodusername Wed 12-Mar-14 17:50:27

For DS1, we had about the same number and range of children - we just had everyone over to our house. Didn't do anything to entertain, just put out all his toys and had lots of toys.

For DS2, we had a joint party with DS1 at a pub, next door to a museum with a free soft play/kids area. Didn't do anything to entertain apart from send the kids into the museum for a bit.

The party at the pub was much more fun and less stressful. grin

Lollypop1983 Wed 12-Mar-14 19:18:56

Lots of good ideas here. Thanks everyone!grin

I'll need to have a think.

springbabydays Wed 12-Mar-14 20:46:19

I'd keep it short. Even with a small gathering it can be overwhelming for a baby so allow enough time for naps!

Minnieisthedevilmouse Wed 12-Mar-14 20:51:49

10. 1.5hrs. Started at 1030-12. Buffet lunch. Balloons bubbles music. Had at home.

Worked well

Threw in loads of balloons
Bubbles all round and a machine
Home and party bags

SweetPeaPods Wed 12-Mar-14 20:54:54

We went to a 1st bday party last week and it was at a company called bongo bongo. Not sure if it's just local here or nationwide but they come to your party to entertain the kids, whether it's at home, or in village hall etc.
another party was a sort of musical dance thing. With musical instruments and songs to sing along to well the parents did
Not sure what we are doing for ds yet, maybe a BBQ if weather good and just let the kids play in the garden.

BackforGood Wed 12-Mar-14 21:00:52

Well, when dc1 was 1, he had 2 cousins,
when dc2 was 1 she had 1 sibling and 4 cousins
When dc3 was 1 she had 2 siblings and 6 cousins

but at one, its just 'family round for tea' in my experience so you arent looking after them, the parents are.

Lollypop1983 Fri 14-Mar-14 16:38:54

Thanks for sharing everyone!

Anymore ideas? The more the bettergringrin

attheendoftheday Sun 16-Mar-14 00:53:19

For dd1's 1st birthday we had a family tea with grandparents and aunt/uncle/cousin. That was everyone dd1 cared about and she wouldn't have liked a big party.

For dd2's 1st birthday we had a couple of friend's around for lunch and a play (3 other children plus my girls). I had it at home, had an indoor picnic and a ball pool. In the afternoon we went to softplay, not a party but just paid to get in. Dd2 was happier with lots of people around than dd1, who was shy at that age.

I would say it depends on your child and what they would enjoy. I have seen friends who held a big party with a marquee in the garden for their dd' 1st, he was shy and spent the whole day miserable on his mum or grandma's lap. The party clearly wasn't really for him, and it was a sad way for him to spend his birthday.

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