Should I even have one? For dd went mental and had two huge parties on a Sat and Sunday (her little friends and mums one day, then family and close friends the next) for about 30 people each day. BUT, I am far too jaded for such activity now .
What did you do for your 1 yo's birthday - need easy ideas.... Thanks.
how old is dd? she might expect a party! for ds3s bday we went out for lunch, took kids to butterfly house and then had all grandparents over for party tea (ie sandwiches and cake with a candle for older kids to blow out). was lovely, and very little effort
For my son's 1st birthday we went swimming with a few friends and their babies (I paid). Had lunch in the leisure centre cafe afterwards (those that wanted to). Was very relaxing for me and seemed to go down well with the other mums.
We had a little tea party with a few of his friends and their mummies and one dad, on his actual birthday which was a week day.
While he was having his lunch time sleep we blew up masses of balloons and he was overwhelmed with a combination of joy and astonishment when he saw them. Then his friends arrived and played and we sang happy birthday and all had a slice of cake and a cup of tea and it was perfect and very simple.
I think the beauty of the swimming party was that it did not cost too much and there was no stress or mess to clear up! I paid for passes from the leisure centre to include with the invitations, and those who wanted to stay for some food afterwards just got their own. You could take a cake and candles for afterwards if your pool has a cafe.