Celebrate this major milestone with an intimate gathering of friends and family.

By the editors of Parents magazine
October 05, 2005
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Make a Wish Invite:

Dress up a simple invitation with a birthday candle.

Simple how-to: Print party details onto colored paper, or write them out. Cut into a 3 3/4" X 4" square. Glue onto a blank 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" rickrack card, leaving room for candle. Print or write a "1" on colored cardstock, and cut out in a tag shape (click below to print the tag template to use as a guide). Punch a small hole in top of tag. Thread ribbon through tag, and tie around birthday candle. Use a glue gun or other strong glue to attach candle to cardstock. Mail in regular envelope with standard postage, but ask post office to hand-cancel.

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Wish Book Activity:

Ask friends and family to add their sweet sentiments to a homemade keepsake book.

Simple how-to: For the cover, fold a piece of 12" X 12" colored cardstock in half, and trim 40 off the shorter side. Layer and fold several pieces of 8 1/2" X 11" white paper in half, and trim 1 1/2" from shorter side. Place folded paper inside book cover, and punch two holes on the fold. From the inside out, thread ribbon through holes, and tie in a bow. Personalize the cover with your child's name and the party's date. Put out colored pens at the party for guests to write birthday wishes in the book.

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Bake Tasty Cupcake Treats:

Photo cupcake toppers are a cute way to show off how much she's grown in this first year.

Simple how-to: To make cupcake photo flags, use a color copier to size a recent baby photo into a 2" square. Make copies. Punch out photos using a 3/4" circle punch. Glue photos to colored cardstock, and trim with pinking shears. Glue each one to top of a coffee stirrer; trim if needed. Insert into cupcake.

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Recycle to Make Favors:

Baby-food jars become decorative candleholders. Embellish with a ribbon and a few words from the birthday star.

Simple how-to: Wash and dry one empty baby-food jar for each guest. Cut patterned paper into a 1 1/2" X 8" strip. Print or handwrite a message from your child onto solid paper. Cut into a 1/2" X 8" strip, and glue onto patterned paper strip. Then hot-glue layered strips onto jar, overlapping ends. Add a dab of glue to the bottom of a votive candle and place in jar. To finish, tie a ribbon around jar.

Copyright © 2005. Reprinted with permission of Parents magazine May 2005 issue.

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