Few people throw a proper party for their baby on its first birthday, with many parents deciding to wait a little longer. Whether your baby is 1, 2 or 3 years old when you have the first birthday party, it will be a memorable event that all the family will remember. It’s not always easy making sure that you plan it properly, especially if it’s your first child and you’ve never planned a party for a baby before. However, here are some top tips which should help you along the way.

You’ll need to decide where to hold the party first. If you’re only inviting a few parents and children from your child’s nursery, you could quite comfortably hold the party at home. For more guests, you might want to think about hiring a local hall or even a small cafe for the party. There are many play houses that you can hire if you want to have somewhere that slightly older babies could play in. This will give the parents a chance to have a little bit of a break and chat among each other while keeping an eye on their little ones.

You’ll need to get some kids party supplies if you’re holding the party in your home or somewhere which doesn’t already supply the equipment that you might need. You don’t have to spend too much on supplies for the party, but you might want to decorate the venue a little bit with some banners, posters, balloons and other little things. A lot of parents like to leave the guests with a small goodie bag each after the party. This could include a toy suitable for children who will be attending the party and perhaps a small something for them to eat too. Give the bag to the parents rather than to the children to avoid any problems.

You should consider the invitations that you’re going to send out. Make sure that you send them in good time so that the parents have time to mark the date in the diaries and don’t get tied up with other things. There’s nothing worse than a party that hardly anybody turns up to, especially if you’ve spent a great deal of money on it.

Another thing to consider is the food and drinks for the party. You might choose to hire in a caterer if your budget allows or if you just don’t have the time to prepare any food. Don’t forget that you have very young children at the party and much older people, so you need something to suit everybody. Think about nice finger foods which are easy for babies to digest, but have some larger sandwiches, wraps and buffet food for the adults.