How to Decorate Baby's First Birthday Party

by Lane Cummings
Your child's first birthday is one of many milestones in her life.

Your child's first birthday is one of many milestones in her life.

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Your baby's first birthday party is one of many milestones in his life. So much occurs on this day: you celebrate the joy of having a new child in your life and that he continues to live safe and sound in your care. Your baby's first birthday party has not only your child's young friends present, but the people in your life who have helped and assisted you with taking care of your child. While technically you can decorate for this party in any way that you like, you will likely want to emphasize this momentous milestone your child has reached.

Items you will need

  • 5-foot-long poster board
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Felt markers
  • Tape
  • Balloons
  • Ribbons
  • Blanket
  • Toys
  • Hooks
  • Hangers
  • Infant outfit worn by your child as a newborn
  • Outfit in your child's current size
  • Cake pan in the shape of a number 1
  • Cake mix
  • Frosting
Step 1

Cut a 5-foot-long piece of poster board to make it 1 foot wide. Using a measuring tape, mark feet and inches along the length of the board with a pencil, making it into a height chart. Trace over your pencil markings in felt marker.

Step 2

Decorate the height chart with photos of your child or cheerful images, such as clowns, trains, cars or animals. Alternatively, you can just draw a large number 1 on the height chart.

Step 3

Hang the height chart from your front door. Attach a marker on a long string onto the door and invite guests to sign it as they enter. This will be a keepsake for your child.

Step 4

Blow up colorful balloons in your child's favorite color or a color she responds to most, or just three or four bright colors, attach ribbons to them and let them float up to the ceiling with their ribbons hanging down. This will provide color and stimulation for your child and her young guests.

Step 5

Lay a blanket in one of the colors of the balloons in a corner of the party room. Fill it with age-appropriate toys so other children arriving will have a place to sit and play.

Step 6

Attach two hooks to one of the main walls of the party room. On one hook, hang one of your child's newborn infant outfits. On the other hook, hang one of the outfits he wears now as a 1-year-old. This will allow guests to see how much he's grown.

Step 7

Bake a cake in the pan shaped like a 1, frost it and leave it on display in the main party room to act as one of the decorations.

Photo Credits

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