How To Plan A Stress Free 1st Birthday Party

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Parties should be fun!

In the era of Pinterest, parents may feel overwhelmed when planning their baby's 1st birthday party. I'm here to tell you that your party doesn't have to be picture perfect to be positively fabulous. These simple tips will help you plan the perfect low-key, stress-free 1st birthday party for your baby.

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1. To theme or not to theme

If you have a simple theme in mind for your child's 1st birthday party, run with it. Otherwise, DO NOT feel as if you MUST have a set theme for your child's party. 

You can always build your decor around a colour instead of a specific theme. Choose a few key  birthday decorations and  party supplies around your child's favourite colour to bring some personality to your party. 

Good food and good friends will make the party great, the rest really isn't that important!

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2. Plan an easy menu

Pizza or grilled fare make delicious and easy menu choices. Better yet, how about grilled pizza pockets? 

Add to that a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables for snacking. Include fun finger foods for toddlers like  Goldfish crackers. 

Serve homemade punch and invest in a nice  glass drink dispenser; you can use it for years to come.

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3. Keep the cake simple

You don't have to make an elaborate cake. A simple homemade cake with a bright icing and a few sprinkles is special and heartfelt.  

If you want to go for something a little more complex, Wilton makes a variety of fantastic  cake tins in  fun shapes and sizes. 

You can also skip the cake completely and make cupcakes. Buy a nice  cupcake stand and use it over and over for birthdays and other special occasions.

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4. Choose no-fuss decorations

There's really no need to stay up all night crafting elaborate  banners and centrepieces for a 1-year-old's birthday party.  

Colourful balloons go a long way. Order a  helium tank and blow up your own balloons just before the party. 

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5. Easy activities

Don't bother with complex games or activities for 1-year-olds. Instead, get a  ball pit for big time fun, or make your own with a plastic baby pool some some  plastic balls to fill it with. 

Bubbles are also a hit!

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Recruit a photographer

Your child's 1st birthday party is a special milestone and one that you don't want to spend behind the lens of a camera.  

Recruit a close friend or family member who's handy with their   DSLR to take photos and videos during the party so you are free to enjoy every precious moment. Offer to return the favour when their child has a birthday party! 

Most importantly, relax and have fun, they're only 1 once!

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