It’s hard to believe that Prince William and Princess Kate’s adorable little son, Prince George, is one year old already. It seems like only yesterday his proud parents introduced him to the world outside the hospital where he was born.
Prince George is such a cute baby. He looks a lot like his dad, Prince William.
I can still remember my daughter and son’s first birthdays. For our daughter we rented tents and had an outdoor party. For our son we had a party at his great-grandparent’s house.
Planning for a first birthday party is a lot of fun. Next to a Sweet 16 birthday party the first birthday party is a very special one. It’s just sad that the person of honor (the one year old) won’t remember any of it. That is why it’s very important to take a lot of pictures and videos from the special day.
If you are planning on throwing a first birthday party this summer here are some great DIY ideas from entertaining expert and event planner Jenn Sbranti to help you throw your little prince or princess the perfect first birthday party.
Jenn is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of popular event planning blog, Hostess with the Mostess where she provides hip and creative entertaining ideas to inspire events for all occasions. Jenn has been regularly contributes to many media outlets in addition to authoring her daily blog. Her modern and no-fuss approach to entertaining serves as an attainable resource for party planners everywhere.
Get Inspired and Pick a Theme: The first step in planning a first birthday party? Pick a theme! This will help make planning and decision making so much easier. For example, a “Royal” theme tailored to a first birthday can inspire creative, age-appropriate decorations—like “castle turrets” made from Fisher-Price® Rock-a-Stack toys topped with golden sugar cones and felt flags.
Activities are King!: Keeping the little ones happily entertained is the key to a good time for everyone! For toddlers, designate a large, kid-proofed play area to serve as their “Royal Play Zone” filled with age-appropriate toys such as bouncy balls, Baby’s First Blocks, Corn Poppers, and Rock-a-Stacks. Coordinated craft projects are another great way to continue your Royal theme.
Please Be Seated: Want the littlest guests to actually sit down and eat? Set an inviting table styled especially for them. Start with a kid-friendly table runner lined with colorful toy blocks from Baby’s First Blocks and top each (unbreakable) plate with a pint sized-birthday crown or party hat.
Let’s Eat (and Smash!) Cake: Every party needs a cake, but a first birthday calls for TWO. You’ll need one cake to serve your guests, and a smaller one for your baby to taste…and smash. Create an extra special (and safe) “throne” for the guest of honor to enjoy their smash cake. Add a scalloped felt garland to the back of the high chair seat, and transform the tray with a fringed tissue edge.
These are great ideas!
My cousin’s son had a royalty themed first birthday party. She found a beautiful golden crown for him to wear. I’d love to share a photo of him wearing it but I know she wouldn’t be too keen on me showing her son’s face on my blog.
Finding the perfect first birthday gift is also important. Did you know that little Prince George received a personalized coin? It’s hard to top a gift like that, but from a one year old’s point of view it’s not very practical. One year olds want fun toys they can play with.
Classic toys from Fisher-Price are always a great option.
I LOVE Fisher-Price toys. I grew up playing with Fisher-Price toys, as did my kids. Even in old photos of me as a child you can see all my Fisher-Price toys.
I still have all my Fisher-Price Little People play sets from when I was a child (including my wooden Little People) and I collect Fisher-Price Little People too (the newer sets – especially the holiday sets).
When my children were little they played with a lot of Fisher-Price toys too.
Fisher-Price makes many wonderful age appropriate toys for boys and girls. Many of their toys would make wonderful gifts for a first birthday – they are the perfect option for your little prince or princess that won’t require funding from the Royal Mint.
Here are a few suggestions.
Brilliant Basics Corn Popper - I work in a childcare setting and this is by far a popular toy with the little ones. They love how the colorful balls bounce around inside the clear plastic dome like a popcorn maker. The “pop-pop-pop” sound that it makes when it’s being pushed or pulled is a lot of fun and the little ones giggle when they hear it.
Rock-a-Stack - This is a wonderful toy for eye/hand coordination. Each colorful ring has it’s own place on the stacker. A child will have to learn which one goes on first, second, third and so forth. The only way to make them all fit is to put them on in the correct order. Babies enjoy holding the soft plastic rings, chewing on them and shaking them. The top ring has three colorful balls that turns it into a rattle which is also a lot of fun for little ones to shake.
Baby’s First Blocks - This is another wonderful toy that helps with not only eye/hand coordination but also with shape recognition. Children can pour the colorful plastic blocks out, put the lid back on then sort the blocks based on their shapes and dropping them inside the appropriate hole. This is a great toddler toy! It also has a handle which makes it easy for little ones to tote it around.
Each of these toys are around $10 (depending on the retailer) and will provide a child with hours of fun.
Fisher-Price toys are available at many retail locations. You can also find them online at www.Fisher-Price.com. You can also find the brand on all the social media sites (the links are found on the brand’s home page).
Are you planning on hosting a first birthday party? Or do you have any tips on how to throw a fun first birthday?
Are you a fan of Fisher-Price toys?
Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.
*I received free products in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.