Is your little one celebrating their first birthday this summer? Turning one is a special milestone – so much happens in that first year of life that it’s nice to take a breath and celebrate your journey through 12 months that are like no other! While your baby will no doubt be non-plussed by all the excitement, this special day is about you and your partner, too. Give yourselves a pat on the back and toast your whirlwind year with a glass of bubbly or two!
First birthday celebrations are best kept small in scale and summer birthdays don’t even have to be held at home if you’re worried about space. Keep your party limited to just close family and friends – this keeps the organisation and costs down for you and things manageable for your baby. Babies and a lot of fuss and noise don’t really mix! If you’re celebrating in the next few months and the weather holds, you could suggest meeting in a local park where your baby can have lots of room to crawl and play, and you can relax in the sun. Make up some picnic basics and ask your guests to each bring something delicious and portable to eat. You then just need to supply some picnic ware which is light and practical but looks a bit more special than the average plain white stuff. Our Baby Miffy range includes some lovely pieces designed especially with first birthdays in mind and features the enduringly popular rabbit character that generations of children have grown up with, adding a nostalgic touch to your celebrations. Stock up on essentials such as plates, cups and napkins which combine pretty illustrations with a delicate colour palette of pastel blues, greens and yellows.
You don’t need to go to town on an expensive celebration cake –save that outlay for the birthdays your child will remember! A simple Victoria Sponge, iced with buttercream and adorned with some colourful sprinkles and that all-important number 1 candle is perfect, or you could make individual cupcakes using the Miffy cake cases. Mix a delicate pastel coloured icing sugar in light blue or yellow to co-ordinate with the colour scheme of the Miffy tableware and top with a cupcake pick, featuring one of Miffy’s animal friends. If you’re celebrating away from home, the co-ordinating Miffy cake stand is perfect – it packs flat so is easy to transport and then assemble when you arrive at your destination.
When it comes to activities, again less is more – your child and their baby friends don’t need extravagant entertainment options! If you’re at home simply opening the toy box will be enough to keep them happy, and if you’re having a picnic taking along an Ikea bag of lightweight, bright things to play with is all you need. Include things like a ball, some plastic building blocks and some board books. If you have time and you want to do something a little different you could make up some ‘treasure boxes’, collections of items that aren’t strictly toys but which provide a different, sensory experience for your little one. Nature baskets are great if you’re outdoors – make up a collection of shells, pebbles, logs, leaves and other bits and bobs from the natural world and let your baby experience the world around them through sight, touch, and smell. Have a look at parenting website Netmums. com for more ideas for treasure baskets. Remember to bring along plenty of picnic rugs for your little guests to play on.
Babies love balloons, too, so don’t forget to include plenty for them to play with (but do be careful to keep little ones away from broken and unfilled balloons.) Co-ordinate your party with the Baby Miffy 1st birthday balloons which feature the Miffy design and are perfect for playing with and decorating your birthday venue. Make sure you tie your balloons with some coloured strings so your guests can keep their balloons under control, thus avoiding the tears that signal a balloon has flown off into the sky! Include some Miffy bubbles, as well – while your little one might struggle to blow out a successful bubble themselves, they’ll be fascinated as you create ‘magic’ bubbles from your pot.
The Baby Miffy range also includes other items you might like to include in your celebration, such as glass decorations (perfect for adding a flourish to flutes for that must-do champagne toast), bunting (a simple way to decorate indoor and outdoor venues), invitations and thank you cards. If you do decide to celebrate on a grander scale, you can add items such as a guest book to your special day (a lovely way to collect special messages from friends and family) and unusual extras to your party table, such as confetti and scratch cards.
However you celebrate your child’s special day, remember to enjoy it! It’s easy to spend the day running around but it’s your special day, too. So, here’s to you and your baby – well done, you’ve done a great job!
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