Maybe your child won’t remember his first birthday party, but it is a huge milestone worth celebrating and precious memories that will last a lifetime. Here are a few party theme ideas whether it's just the three of you or with the people you love.
1. Recreate the classic perya
You probably remembered your first visit to the perya. Give your child a similar experience by bringing him to one and/or holdng a perya-themed party! Incorporate different kinds of iconic perya attractions like game booths, circus acts, or even rides that kids can enjoy. Deck out your venue with colorful streamers and bright lights, and provide snacks like cotton candy, popcorn, sago’t gulaman, and street foods. Everyone will definitely have a blast at your baby’s party!
2. Have fun under the sun in your garden
Want to go for a more laid-back way of celebrating your child’s first birthday? Why not host a simple gathering in your own backyard? Lay down a couple of picnic blankets and prepare baskets with yummy treats like finger sandwiches, cupcakes, and cookies, served in reusable printed paper plates and cups. A simple celebration like this is not only a good chance to rest with your other mom friends but also to give your kids plenty of space to simply play!
Ride on the wave of dance challenges swirling on the Internet and put together a dance party for your baby and their other kiddie friends. Aside from playing fun, upbeat music to encourage the kids (and the parents) to loosen up and dance around, you can also come up with fun games that involve dancing, such as the iconic “Stop Dance” and “Trip to Jerusalem.” To replenish everyone’s energy, provide delicious snacks and drinks.
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4. Put together a time capsule
Since it is likely that your child won’t remember their first birthday party at all when they grow up, one fun thing you can do along with your guests is to create a time capsule. Have your guests write down simple notes or bring items that will help show your child what the world was like when he or she was just a baby, such as photographs and a flash drive containing famous songs or films, then put them all together in a box. Make sure to keep that box in a safe spot, then after about ten to twenty years, show that box to your child and take a nostalgic trip through memory lane together. If you want, you can make this a tradition during your child’s subsequent birthdays!
5. Get some birthday brunch
We’ve all heard of parties held in the afternoon or at night, but why not try something different and have yours earlier in the day? Instead of merienda-style snacks or heavier dishes normally served for lunch or dinner, give your guests yummy meals to start their day right, like pancakes, waffles, and bacon, accompanied by milk for the kids and fresh coffee for the adults. A great bonus to this: After your party ends, you can use the rest of the day to spend some private quality time together as a family!