I had a Bring A Book party......everyone bought favorite book w/ inscription to my child. Was huge hit - adults were reading books they had forgot about. Not library party - we're beer and wine folks! More like "welcome baby" as some had not seen tem yet. We kept it low key like a picnic w/ a side of baby. Oldest now 10 & loves reading inscriptions.
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It depends on the kid. My first was very social so we had a big party with the extended family and she loved it. She also took her first steps at that party in front of everyone. Our 2nd was too shy so we just had an intimate dinner at home with the g-units and thats about it.
we haven't done anything major for any birthdays. we did a little get together for my boys' 5th and 2nd bday (they are only 13 days apart) we did a pinata and a bounce house (we own one) with a few of the neighbor kids. this year we may do more since my oldest will be 6 and will have friends from school to invite. now our firsts are important because my husband has so far made it to both but we don't do anything big they are just important to us. cake songs with a little family time. My youngest will be 1 in Feb and we are hoping my husband will get his r&r around then and get to celebrate with us.
irst birthdays we made a "big Deal" Our kids have a lot of adopted "grandparents" (kinda comes with Dh's job) and with both kids we had a lot of people asking about it. DS birthday is in Oct, so we had to do indoor, but we used the Fellowship Hall @ our chuch (a BIG space) and we are not sure how many people were there. DD's first birthday was a week ago yesterday. We went a little msaller. Did sort of an invitation only (with DS we had it annouced in church, with DD we only sent invites) we still had like 40 people, we hers at the kids' favotire park. Worked wonderful...lots of space and she totally enjoyed herself. She got "in tio" the presents and cards. She had her own little cake and it didn't take long for her to get it everywhere. It was great. I think if you are gonna do a big party (especially for little ones) you need a big open space for people to move around in. We did the whole family at our hiouse our son's first Christmas. There was 16 of us in our not so big house (1400 sq ft) and even the adulds we feeling over- stimulated.
My youngest will be a year next week. We are having a small family and friend BBQ at our home. I'm making her cake (ladybug) and some cupcakes (to look like a caterpiller). Nothing crazy or over the top. For my oldest's third birthday she wanted a Ariel (little mermaid) and Tinker Belle. I was able to reuse some decorations for a girlfriend's daughter's party. I made the cake. They're both too young yet to do any organized games or activities.
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Family and kids gathering-with games and entertainment (bubbles, outdoor play) for the older kids and food/beverages for the adults...
We haven't had a "kids" party for my oldest (4yo) until her 5th-which we have planned on a build a bear party...all her friends have had gym parties and such every year but I haven't had the $ or the patience to set it up...I figured that since we already go annually for their birthday gift from us to b-a-b, then having a party there would be easier and fun...plus it can cost the same as renting out local places-I saved up this time too!
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