When it comes to first birthday party supplies and gifts, there are a lot of options available. There are many themed first birthday party supplies to choose from different retail stores or online markets like Amazon, Walmart.
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Some of the most popular are:
- Baby Einstein
- Winnie the Pooh
- Classic Pooh
- Care Bears
- Sesame Street
- Cars and Other Vehicles
- Farm Animals
- Prince and Princess
You don’t need a specific theme to pick your party supplies but it can be helpful.
Here are some more tips that you may find helpful when it comes to picking and buying your first birthday party supplies:
-Try to hold off buying the supplies until you have an accurate guest count. This will ensure that you buy enough but also don’t overspend by purchasing more than you will need.
-If your baby has a character or item (cars, trains, bears, etc) that they love, you could pick your party supplies based on that. If not, choose some based on your first birthday party’s theme or just something you find cute and like.
-Make sure you buy everything you need! Plan carefully because there is nothing worse than having the party start and finding out that you forgot something!
Here is a list of supplies so you don’t forget anything:
- Plastic Silverware
- Napkins – beverage and dinner size
- Dinner Plates
- Cake Plates
- Party Hats
- Blow Horns
- Birthday Candle for the Cake
First Birthday Gifts – Ideas and Tips for Finding Baby’s First Birthday Gift
Coming up with first birthday gifts isn’t hard. After all, most one-year-olds would be just as happy playing with the gift wrap or packaging that their gift came in, as they would playing with the actual gift! Nonetheless, here are some ideas for first birthday gifts that are sure to please any first birthday boy or girl:
Ride-On Toys – always a hit with the toddler crowd, a ride on toy makes a great gift for a baby’s first birthday party
Push Toys – by this age, most babies are walking or starting to walk so a nice toy to push around the house is a really popular choice. Shopping carts, a popcorn popper, doll strollers, and toy lawn mowers are all great options.
Activity Tables – there are a wide variety of activity tables available these days and they can provide hours of entertainment for small children.
Blocks – great for stacking and building, owning a nice set of blocks is almost a rite of passage for any growing young child
Shape Sorters – a great learning toy that is also a hit with most babies.
Books and Puzzles – board books and peg puzzles are great educational gifts while at the same time providing entertainment for the baby.
Dolls and Stuffed Animals – most babies at this age love to cuddle up to a new friend so a doll or a soft stuffed animal are almost guaranteed to score a home run in the gift department.
Bathtub Toys – always popular with the one-year-old crew, there is a large selection of great baby bathtub toys available these days!
A few more tips for buying first birthday gifts:
Remember, it doesn’t have to be expensive and extravagant to make the baby happy. They will be just as happy with a small gift as they will be with a large gift.
Make sure that if you buy a toy as a gift that it is age-appropriate. Doing this will avoid dangers such as choking hazards if the toy contains small pieces.
First Birthday Party Decorations – Fun Decorating Ideas
First birthday party decorations are a crucial part of the first birthday party planning. If you are going with a specific theme for your party, you may want to purchase decorations such as banners and balloons that match the theme. More general first birthday party decorations come in pink for girls and blue for boys.
Balloons, streamers, and birthday banners are of course popular choices for decorating for a birthday party but here are a few more ideas for honoring your little guest of honor on their big day:
A Collage of Baby’s First Year – Create a giant collage (either on poster board, in a frame, or on a wall) chronicling baby’s first year. A great way to show off your favorite shots and to remind guests of how much your baby has changed during their first year.
Giant Photos – Instead of collages have giant poster size photos of your favorite pictures of your baby blown up and use them as your first birthday party decorations. Most photo processing stores and online photo sites offer poster size blow-ups. Get some in color and some in black and white to add some variety to your decor.
Balloon Bouquet Centerpieces – Have balloon bouquet centerpieces made for each table. Each centerpiece could feature a few latex helium balloons and a mylar balloon with a first birthday theme to it. Weigh them down with balloon weight and curl the ribbon.
Decorate the High Chair – You may also want to decorate the baby’s high chair. Some party supply stores even sell high chair decorating kits to do this. At the very least, you could hang a mylar balloon from the back of the chair to dress it up for the eating of the first birthday cake!