If there’s ever a cause for celebration it’s surely your baby’s first birthday. Your baby is one (!) and you have survived and thrived that first year of parenting. So raise a glass of champagne to yourselves. I do know so many parents who have thrown the most amazing first birthday parties and of course that’s entirely up to you and your budget. Your baby won’t be aware of what’s going on but will love looking back on the photos of them blowing their one candle out. Just remember that it can all get a bit overwhelming for such a small baby so you may find yourself spending a lot of time away from the action trying to calm your tot down or getting them to nap.
My advice to new parents is always to keep it simple. Get an amazing cake and gather close friends and family for the photo op, but there’s no need to go overboard on expenses for a first birthday party. Trust me, by the 3rd and 4th birthday, your toddler will know exactly what they want and you may need that spare cash to fly out Queen Elsa from Arendelle to make a personalised appearance.
I remember one party where the birthday boy (who hadn’t eaten sugar his whole first year) literally dove head first into a bowl of smarties and proceeded to throw up all over his special theme cake. It was funny in retrospect but horrifying for that poor mama at the time.
We have themed this issue around celebrating this milestone. From gift ideas to fashionable big day outfits, have fun planning the party and remember to buy yourself a gift too!