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First birthday ideas: How to celebrate your baby's first birthday in style!

Safe and Sound Event Childcare shares its tips for creating the perfect birthday party for your one year old.

Happy Friday. Did you have fun in the sun this week? I had planned to take a week off sewing, and I'm pleased I did as the studio would've been very hot!


This week I have another guest blogger taking over the Popsy and Mama blog. Excitingly, they're talking all about first birthday parties.


I remember Poppy getting to her first birthday milestone and feeling happy but emotional. It's a huge step in every parents life.


With all those emotions many of us like to mark our little person's first birthday with a celebration. And why not, it is a very big celebration after all!


Safe and Sound Event Childcare talk first birthday parties

This week, Safe and Sound, who specialise in childcare at events by putting on mini-events for babies and children alongside yours, are here to talk birthday parties. Experts in event planning, they've shared top tips for creating the best first birthday party ever!


Do give them a follow on Instagram for more child-friendly event tips too.


Sam x


P.S. Did you know Popsy and Mama has a "Birthday Panda" print?

The personalised print, especially for birthdays, is available for 1 year olds through to 5 year olds. It can be ordered in any style including dresses, rompers, t-shirts and more.

Popsy and Mama's "Birthday Panda" personalised print




PLANNING YOUR BABY'S FIRST BIRTHDAY


We've got your baby's first birthday party covered. You are Safe and Sound in our hands!

Stephanie, founder of Safe and Sound, shares first birthday party tips

How to plan a super-stylish party for baby’s first birthday

The first year has flown by and it’s time to start planning baby's first birthday. This is a once-in-a-lifetime affair, and as parents, we all want to make it a memorable one.

Where do you start? As you begin to tackle a seemingly never-ending to-do list, those bubbles of excitement can quickly flatten.

Food, venue, decorations and invites. And what about the theme? Soon you’re a bundle of nerves, Pinterest-addicted, and have email and to-do list overload.


We at Safe and Sound understand everything you might go through to make your baby's first birthday extra special. But worry not, we've got top tips for planning the perfect first birthday - without the overwhelm!


However, if you'd like an extra helping hand why not enlist the help of a specialist company (such as Safe and Sound) who can lift the load by tackling some of the key tasks, or by taking away the to-do list altogether.

1. First things first – where to hold the party

It's a good idea to hold your baby's first birthday party at your home or a relative's home, as it will be a familiar and comfortable setting. However, you may fancy something a little bit different or just want to avoid the clearing up!


If your baby was born in warmer months, a local park, soft play or activity park could be an option, or alongside these are a host of other possibilities for baby’s first birthday party such as a local hotel, village hall or pub.

We work with a host of fabulous venues and can help source one that fits perfectly with your plans if you can't find the perfect place yourself.

Beautiful bell tent for party celebrations


2. Choosing a theme

A theme can make a big difference. Knowing that the party is all about mermaids, trucks or whatever theme you decide on, will help you make decisions about food, decorations, invitations and more. Party Pieces have some fabulous ideas for first birthday themes, so do check out these out.


3. Food and drink – DIY or call the caterers?

The food and drink you’ll put on will largely depend on the budget. If you go down the DIY route, you’ll also need to ask your guests about allergies. Or for headache-free organisation, find a venue that offers birthday parties as a package.

Whichever route you choose, have some fun with the party food at your baby’s first birthday party. Kids love fun shaped food so get out those cookie cutters on anything from sandwiches to biscuits.

Coloured fruit smoothies and fun jelly and ice cream combos make great party treats too.

Birthday party confetti


4. Indoors or outdoors (and the contingency plan)?

Spring and summer can tempt you out into the great outdoors for an afternoon of good weather and great company. Think picnics, ice cream and sun - mocktails for the little ones, Pimms for the grown-ups.


But what would you do if the weather turns? Make sure you have a contingency plan in place.


For autumnal and winter parties, a home or venue such as a hotel is pretty much a must (and Etsy is brimming with beautiful decorations for first birthday parties for Autumn and Winter).

Or why not book your baby’s first birthday party with us?

Our event services at Safe and Sound are a seamless extension to your own events. We work as a boutique childcare company, allowing you to focus on family and friends, while we immerse your younger guests in make-believe worlds and age-appropriate activities for the older ones.


While we’re renowned for creating exclusive wedding crèches, we are equally as skilled at managing corporate events, charity events, birthday parties and other unique days and nights.


At your home, a glittering venue in the UK or further afield, expect fun, magic and atmosphere, for children and adults. This is all about making the children a part of the special day, whatever it may be.


Stephanie

x

Stephanie, founder of Safe and Sound



Safe and Sound Event Childcare specialises in childcare – stylish, beautiful and aligned with yours and baby’s special day.


Popsy and Mama is always on the lookout for Guest Bloggers, so if you'd like a turn, check out how to apply here.



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