Arranging a baby's birthday party can be stressful, which is why we have pit together a useful guide to help you...
BABY PARTY IDEAS
The baby birthday is a very important day. For the majority of parents, it's a time to officially celebrate the passing of another twelve life-changing months of baby bliss with friends and family (and discuss lack of sleep over half a dozen glasses of Prosecco). So most newish mums and dads do like to throw a bit of a bash for baby. Presenting our own helpful little guide to planning a party for that bonnie bundle of gorgeousness you so cleverly produced.
Proceed with caution, for this can be controversial. Close family and friends will expect an invite but numbers can get out of hand unless you operate a strict invite only policy. If you've attended an NCT group or any other baby-oriented activity, you will have made some good â€˜baby friends' who you're going to want to invite. A room full of babies AND your mother-in-law could end up being rather stressful, so it's not a bad idea to consider the idea of two separate baby birthday celebrations. One for very small dribbly friends and their sleep-starved, parents, the other for fawning grandmas, aunties, cousins, second cousins etc.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Think carefully about your party running order. Always time the catering bit to fit around your baby's feeding schedule and NEVER attempt to allow any hardcore baby party action to coincide with nap times. Every commemorative photograph will be snot-filled and it will all end in tears. Literally.
Milk will be party fodder of choice for most little babies but from nine months upwards, you'll want to have some finger food at the ready. We'd recommend avoiding proper baby dinners unless want your walls redecorated with macaroni cheese. Be mindful of food allergies and your guests tastes some mums will be staunchly anti-sugar, for example. If all the attending babies are all able to sit up independently, it's not a bad idea to cover the floor with some kind of sheeting and then let them go buffet-crazy. Lots of fantastic food action for them and you don't have to worry about the mess. Lay a few snacks on for the adults and provide alcohol in addition to politically correct selection of soft beverages. Most owners of new babies will be desperate for a drink.
A pretty dress, or a cute jumpsuit. Both perfect choices for the â€˜family do'. But if you're throwing a baby-only event, a theme is better. Parents love to dress their babies up like giant dolls and the babies seem to quite like it too. There is no shortage of funny baby costumes out there to prove the theory. We particularly admire the dad who slaved over an Iron Man costume for his baby boy, born premature, check out his video:
A baby Yoda costume works brilliantly for babies not yet quite out of that newborn froggy face phase. The princess baby look is pretty easy to achieve at home with a net skirt and quick trip to walmart if you're on a budget.
There's always a temptation to lay on a lavish programme of entertainment for a child's party but not really much point splashing out for babies. True,
most of them love a funny face or a jingly tambourine but most of them prefer chewing a musical instrument rather than playing it, and there will be
plenty of funny faces for them to look at once the Prosecco starts flowing. Entertainment at a baby party can often do more harm than good, causing multiple cases of over excitement and sensory overload that results in a lot of tears and not just from the babies.
Every birthday party needs a cake, and it's nice to prepare a baby cake even if the baby doesn't end up getting any of it. All babies love the flickering
light of a candle and the majority of babies are also partial to a bit of a birthday sing-along. If you do want baby to have a symbolic taste of cake, you can always opt for a sugar-free recipe. If you find a good one, you'll be hard pushed to tell the difference.