Saturday, September 11, 2010
If you were to go by celebrity standards, the first birthday party should be a grand affair worthy of the paparazzi showing up. Unless you have a nanny or two on hand to care for an overtired and overwhelmed birthday girl, stick to a small scale affair. At this age, any baby can become easily overwhelmed by too much activity and turn into a crying, unhappy mess.
Invite only a few, important family members over. Around one year, many babies are dealing with separation and stranger anxiety. Too many people, especially ones your baby does not know well, can cause her to become upset and frightened. Though one year-olds are not yet at the age to really play with other children, many love to watch and follow older children that they know.
Party baby clothes! They are so much fun and exuding of adorableness. As for the perfect birthday outfit, it is all dependent on your style. The only thing to keep in mind is, it will get dirty and must be comfortable. Babies are pretty mobile by their first birthday, either walking or crawling. Your little birthday girl doesn't want to spend the whole party fighting with her dress or skirt, make sure it is short enough to stay out of her way. I love tutus, because they are stiff they don't get caught on little toes. Party hats should be easy, comfortable, and easily removed. Don't expect your little one to keep her hat on, it will just frustrate you and her. Use it for the special photographs, then forget about it! Flowered baby headbands are a great option and much more comfortable.
By Shannon Henrici of My Baby Clothes Boutique.