Birthday party checklist for a first birthday

Birthday party checklist for a first birthday

Your guide to this momentous event

By the YeahBaby.com editorial staff

Birthday party checklist for a first birthday

Your baby's first birthday will be one your most memorable, and certainly one to remember the rest of your life. Whether you opt for a large gathering or a small group of friends, our first birthday checklist will help plan this momentous event.

A month before the party

  • Create a guest list.
  • Choose a date for the party. Choose a time convenient for your invited guests.
  • Choose a starting and ending time.
  • Pick a theme for your party.
  • Choose appropriate invitations for your party theme.
  • Schedule a live impersonator/entertainer such as Cinderalla, Bozo the clown, or another childrens favorite. (optional)
  • Schedule a professional photographer. (optional)

Two to three weeks before party

  • Write and mail your invitations with a self address stamped envelope for your guests to reply.
  • Plan the party games and activities. (best done in the theme of the event)
  • Purchase your party supplies.
  • Order the birthday cake. (unless you are making it yourself)
  • Plan the menu.
  • Arrange help for party, if needed. Family and friends always make great help!
  • Order helium balloons. (optional)

The week before the party

  • Create the party day schedule.
  • Contact guests which may not have responded.
  • Ensure you have plenty of film and batteries for the camera.
  • Ensure their is tapes and batteries for the camcorder.
  • Purchase the food for the menus.
  • Purchase birthday candles for the cake, if you are making the cake yourself.
  • Child proof the party area.
  • Get your present for your baby's first birthday!
  • Confirm the live impersonator/entertainer. (optional)
  • Confirm the professional photographer. (optional)
The day before the party
  • Decorate for the party.
  • Pick up (or bake) the birthday cake.
  • Prepare foods and salads that can be prepared the day ahead.
  • Make sure any rechargable batteries are charged.
  • Make sure you have matches for the candle.

The day of the party

  • Place balloons outside the home to mark your location for guests.
  • Prepare any last minute foods.
  • Place the candles on the cake.
  • Make sure film and batteries are in the camera and camcorder.
  • Place candles on cake.
  • Enjoy your little one's first birthday!

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