Survival Tips for a First Birthday Party

How to Make a Baby-Handprint Napkin
It won't matter to your baby whether you throw a catered party for the neighborhood or just have the grandparents over for pizza. How much you do is up to you -- do only what feels fun and festive, and cut back if you get stressed out. Here are some tips to get you through this event.

Serve a Special Birthday Cake

Make or buy a creative cake. Your baby will love looking at the cake as much as eating it.

Keep It Short

If there will be other young kids, keep the party short -- an hour or two is plenty.

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Avoid Choking Hazards

If you want to decorate with balloons, opt for the silver helium-filled kind. Latex balloons are a choking hazard to kids under the age of 4.

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Jay Wilde

Don't Overload Yourself

If you're serving food, do yourself a favor and don't try to make everything. For instance, bake the cake but buy deli sandwiches. Or grill burgers and have a bakery do the cake.

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Take Pictures Before the Party

Take pictures of the cake and of Baby in his birthday outfit before the guests arrive.

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Give Baby Downtime

Don't force Baby to be social. With all the attention, your little one may need to retreat for a bit.

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Sang An

Make Sure There is Plenty of Help

Consider hiring a sitter or asking a young relative to stay with the birthday baby when he needs a break.

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Eat Cake the Night Before

Consider doing the fun part the night before. Strip Baby down to a diaper and let him experience his first piece of cake. Then, if he's too thrown off during the party to enjoy the "real" cake, you won't feel disappointed.

Stamp your baby's handprint on napkins for an extra special touch to tableware.

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