Can't birthday parties be fun for both kids and grownups? We think so. Follow our easy guide to turning your child's next birthday bash into a blast for everyone. It never fails: The school year's in full swing and soon every weekend is booked with a kid birthday party. Heck, it's only October and between my two kids, we've already been invited to six parties.
20 Best First Birthday Party Games Ideas
Great Games for First Birthday Party Fun
The decorations match your theme perfectly and the specialty cake has been ordered. Everything is set for that moment when guests arrive, but how will you entertain them once they get there? Since most first birthday celebrations include relatives and friends whose ages range from young to old, you may wish to plan a variety of activities so that everyone from the birthday girl to grandpa can join in the fun. A sectioned off area for soft play is a safe and fun place for babies and toddlers to gather while bigger kids are busy with games like musical chairs. Place a soft mat in a corner of the room, or use click-together style baby gates to create a baby zone in the center of the room. Fill the space with foam balls and soft blocks that babies can enjoy whenever they need a little time away from the bustle of the party. Does anyone really ever outgrow the fun of bubbles?
Coolest First Birthday Games
This is one of the coolest and most memorable first birthday games. Have all kinds of stationery, envelopes, pens and colored pencils and let everyone write a letter to your baby to be opened when they turn a predetermined age! Some of these beloved relatives may not even be around when it is to be opened so it can be very special. For the capsule, you can use a large metal can that can be taped shut large popcorn cans work especially well. Other items that will work in the capsule — Time magazine, newspaper clippings, photos and information on where you live, where parents work, what you do for fun, etc.
For my son's first birthday party, we had a theme. It was "I can't believe we survived one year of parenting. The rest is kind of a blur. Clearly, I'm not a master party planner. While you are more than welcome to steal my theme -- all you need is a messy house and a strong desire to eat carbs -- you're probably looking for ideas to make your little one's big day memorable for your guests.