Sunday, April 14, 2013

Baby's 1st Birthday Party Ideas

Your baby reaching their first birthday is a landmark and deserves to be celebrated in style. However many parents spend weeks, even months trying to come up with a suitable birthday party theme. After all what can you do to entertain a room full of one year olds?

A baby sensory party is a great solution for tots and is suitable from newborn upwards. The additional bonus is that it doesn't have to cost the earth. Most of the equipment you need can be purchased or made cheaply. You may even find local companies who will supply everything you need.

A sensory party is all about just that. Senses.

You will need:

1. Some shallow trays. Toy box lids are a fantastic option.
2. Dried spaghetti
3. Jelly
4. Glow in the dark balls. These can be purchased from walkaround stores for less than �1 each.
5. Some blankets to make a den (or a small tent if you have one).
6. dried rice and empty plastic bottles with lids.
7. Corn Flour
8. Lots of old sheets (preferably plastic sheeting, the plastic party table clothes you can get are good).

First things first. Think about the room you will be holding the party in and set out 5 stations.

Station 1.

In the darkest corner build your den. You want to make it as dark as possible but not completely covered. The parents will need to keep an eye on their little ones so it's best to leave one whole side open.

Place a few textured cushions in the den so that the babies can experience different 'feels'. Don't use your best fabrics as they'll undoubtedly get messy!

Add the glow-in-the-dark balls to the den.

Station 2 - Jelly Tray.

Simply make up your jelly as per the instructions and pour in to one of the shallow trays. Put in the fridge to set. Lay out a plastic sheet and place the set jelly in it's tray on the sheet.

Station 3 - Spaghetti Tray
Cook the spaghetti as per the instructions. Run under cold water and pour into one of the shallow trays. Place the cold spaghetti in it's tray on a plastic sheet.

Station 4 - Corn Flour Tray

Pour a small packet of corn flour into a shallow tray and add enough water to make a thick, gloopy consistency. Place this in it's tray on a plastic sheet.

Station 5 - Maracas

Pour some dried rice in to clean, dry plastic bottles. Replace the lids tightly. You can decorate the bottles with wrapping paper if you want them to look more attractive.

Once you've set out your stations you're ready to let the babies loose. It's a good idea to cover anything you don't want to get messy. Everything suggested in this article is fairly easy to clean up and by using food items you don't have to worry about the little ones putting things in their mouths (which they inevitably will do).

Be imaginative and add as many sensory rich items as you can think of.

Your one year old will love exploring the new tastes, sounds and textures and is sure to have a fun, messy birthday.

Lisa M Fay

Co-Founder SmartSenda Ltd

Unique greeting card supplier. Plan your birthdays for the whole year online.

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