Whether you’re planning a small, intimate gathering at your house, or an all out bash, celebrating your baby’s first birthday is a huge milestone that’s bound to be special. Make their party one to remember with this first birthday planning checklist:

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Choose a Location
 If you have a big enough home and want to keep things small, throwing the party at your house could be a great option. However, if you want to have a stress-free day where all of the details are taken care of, a restaurant or event space is an ideal option. You can really enjoy spending time with your child and guests, without having to worry about the prep work and cleanup.

Send Invites
If you want to keep the party intimate, include a few of your closest friends and immediate family members. If a big celebration is what you’re going for, extend the invites to coworkers, neighbors and friends. The size of your party depends on your personal preferences, budget, and venue. Start making your “must-invite” list with people you couldn’t imagine celebrating without, and then expand from there.

Choose a Theme
Does your baby have a toy that he or she sleeps with every night? Or perhaps an animal that they love? Incorporating a theme into their party is a great way to make the celebration personal to your child. A favorite book that you read to your baby at night, or even just favorite colors, are great theme ideas as well.

What To Serve
When planning the menu, take into consideration if the party is going to be mostly adults, or if lots of kids will be attending too. Make sure to have kid-friendly options like chicken fingers or mini grilled cheese sandwiches, and opt for appetizers and sandwiches for adults.  And who could forget the cake? Some parents like to have a small separate cake for the birthday baby to serve as their smash cake! If you want to forego the cake, cupcakes are a great option as well.

Send Home Party Favors
If your baby’s birthday party is being attended by lots of little ones, it’s usually customary to send them home with party favors. You don’t have to go all out, but depending on the age of the children, a small, safe soft toy or a book is a great extra for your tiny guests to take home.

Your child only turns one once, so why not make it extra special? If you’re planning a party for your child’s first birthday, let the Italian Center Banquets make your celebration stress free! We’ll take care of all of the details so you’ll have time to enjoy your guests without the hassle of party prep or cleanup. To learn more about our beautiful banquet rooms, or to plan your party, visit our website or give us a call at 203.322.6950.