Your baby's first birthday is one of the most fun and festive milestones of childhood, so it's no wonder that parents can sometimes go a little over the top when it comes to planning celebrations. But while there's nothing wrong with lavishing your little one for the day, this occasion is also a great opportunity to give back. Here are some ways start your child on a lifelong path of generosity!
1. Host an Animal-Themed Party for a Cause
Use one of your baby's favorite animals as inspiration for a wildlife-themed birthday party where guests are encouraged to donate to a related charity. If your tot loves whales, throw a party benefiting the Oceanic Preservation Society; if she's obsessed with tigers, raise cash for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
2. Spread Birthday Joy
3. Register With Good+
Give guests the option of bringing gifts or donating to the Good+ Foundation, which partners with a national network of programs to fight the cycle of family poverty.
4. Throw a Storybook Bash
Choose party decorations and snacks related to some of your baby's favorite stories and ask guests to bring books for donating to a local library, shelter, or daycare. Be sure to include story time as part of the festivities. (Kids can even dress up like their favorite characters!)
5. Make Birthdays Brighter for Sick Kids