This first birthday party features highlights from your baby's life over the past year and is a great family-and-friends event. Watch the time fly!
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Invitations:

Baby's First Picture: Photocopy your baby's first picture and use it as the front of a folded invitation. Inside, write the birthday party details under the heading "Vital Statistics."

Baby Birth Certificate: Using a computer, make your own baby birth certificate invitation, modeling it after a real birth certificate. Fill in some of your baby's vital statistics along with the birthday party information, and send to your guests!

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Decorations:

Select a number of pictures and mementos from your baby's first year. Frame them with colored construction paper and tape them on the walls in chronological order. Don't note the dates on the photos, as you'll be asking party guests to guess when these events took place. (See "Games.")

Set your baby's favorite toys in the middle of the party table as a birthday centerpiece. Or, use photographs and special memories from the past year to decorate the table.

Play your baby's favorite music in the background.

Costumes:

For a child's first birthday, a favorite outfit is appropriate party wear, as long as it's comfortable.

Games:

How Well Do You Know Baby?: Ask party guests to try to match the pictures and mementos on the wall to specific dates. Do the same with your baby's milestones. Find out, for example, if they know when she took her first step or first started eating solid foods. Ask trivia questions about your baby, such as, "How much did she weigh at birth?" "What's her middle name?" "Who was she named after?" "What time was she born?" and "Who's her doctor?"

Baby Can: Many people don't realize how much a baby can—and can't—do by the time her first birthday rolls around. Write a list of tasks your baby can do, such as "Touch her nose," "Pat her belly" and "Turn on the TV." Add to the list some things she can't do yet: "Brush her teeth," "Say the alphabet" and "Eat a carrot," for example. Have party guests try to guess skills your baby has mastered.

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Activities:

Baby's Birthday Time Capsule: Have everyone bring something that represents an important moment or significant relationship in your baby's life, such as a picture of a relative, a poem about her first step, a small toy she no longer plays with or a memory written down on paper. Seal the items in a container. Then set the container in a closet or other safe place—to be opened when your baby is 21!

Baby's Memory Book: Another idea is to invite all of your party guests to write a memory of your baby's first year, or a blessing for the baby. Take a picture of each guest at the party with your child, and combine the words and photos to create a simple but memorable birthday present - a baby scrapbook!

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Food:

Birth Certificate Cake
  • Bake a favorite sheet cake according to recipe directions; cool.
  • Cover the cake with white frosting.
  • Use frosting tubes to write basic vital statistics, such as your baby's name, parents' names, date and place of birth and so on.
  • Decorate the birthday cake with age appropriate toys, such as blocks, teething rings, plastic dolls and rattles.

Favors:

Hand out Baby-and-You Photos: First, make small frames from cardboard and let your party guests decorate the frames with baby-themed wrapping paper, contact paper, stickers or colored foil. Next, pass out photos from the past year of each guest with your baby, and let them place the photo inside the frame for a keepsake.

Hints:

Ask your guests to help with memories and mementos of your baby as you plan your It's Been a Big Year Party.