It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two weeks since we were celebrating Florence’s first birthday. We made memories that will be treasured forever over her birthday week and I think it is safe to say that she celebrated in style! I thought I would share a little bit about the different ways we marked this special milestone as it might give you some inspiration as to ways to celebrate baby’s first birthday too!
Start a Tradition
What better time to start a birthday tradition than a first birthday? We headed to Build-a-Bear on the morning of Florence’s special day to pick out a furry friend and it’s something I hope we will do every year. You could do something similar or visit the same place each year.
Cake Smash / Photo Shoot
This is a lovely way to mark your baby turning one and I am so happy with how our photographs came out. I took these myself, and there’s a little guide to how I did it here, but if you’re not that comfortable behind the lens you could always hire a professional photographer to take them for you. That way you could even get in on the photographs too if you wanted to. We’re using the photos from Florence’s photo shoot for thank you cards.
Have a Special Birthday Breakfast
We headed to a local family friendly café for a birthday breakfast. The ladies were just wonderful and so accommodating to our needs. You don’t have to go out though, you could always cook up your little one’s favourite breakfast foods at home and serve it up on party plates and wear party hats!
Go on a Day Trip
A trip to the zoo, a visit to the seaside or a day at a toddler friendly theme park are all great ways to spend your little one’s special day. I had hoped to head to the farm the day before Florence’s birthday with some of her little friends but the weather was just awful so we skipped it and went the following week instead. Some people, like my friend Hannah at Budding Smiles, prefer to gift a day out to their little one’s rather than an actual present which I think is a really lovely idea.
Throw a Party
Whether you want to keep it small or go all out, a birthday party is the perfect way to get your family & friends in on the celebrations! On her actual birthday we invited Grandparents & Aunties & Uncles over for a little birthday tea which was just a lovely way to quietly celebrate and then at the weekend we threw a big rainbow themed party that we invited all of the rest of our family & friends to.
Here are some other first birthday themes from some of our blogging friends that you might like!
Helen threw her daughters a joint 1st & 3rd birthday party with an ice cream theme and it looked absolutely beautiful.
Lyndsey chose a unicorn theme for Violet’s 1st birthday
Edie celebrated turning one in style with a Royal Wedding Garden Party
Alfie & Abi invited Teddy’s too to their Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Laura took inspiration from her daughter’s favourite cBeebies characters for Autumn’s Twirly Woo Birthday Party
How did you / are you planning to celebrate your little one’s first birthday?