Your child’s 1st birthday is a special and momentous occasion. It marks their transition from baby to toddler and brings with it the excitement of new milestones. It’s an thrilling time that you’ll look back on for years to come. So what’s the best way to remember your baby’s 1st birthday?
Last month Rory turned one. Like most parents I spent the weeks running up to his big day scouring Pinterest for inspiration. My birthday board is now overflowing with creative ideas, imaginative decorations and elaborate cakes. With my theme chosen, I had grand plans to create the birthday of every toddlers dreams. As it turns out the odds were not in my favour.
A week before Rory’s birthday I took a tumble UP the stairs leaving me with a metacarpal fracture (aka a broken hand) and a rather awkward pot. Thankfully my family and friends stepped in without hesitation to save the day. We celebrated his day in style and his party went off without a hitch! I took some fantastic photo’s and everyone had a great time but looking back I wish I’d organised more birthday keepsakes. Things for me to look back on in years to come and remember the special day. Although we managed to fit some in we didn’t get round to doing them all.
Here’s a few suggestions to remember your baby’s 1st birthday:
- A Time Capsule
This is one that we did at Rory’s party. All the guests wrote a message on a card and popped it in an envelope. On his 21st birthday I’ll give him the cards to open. It’s something which I would have loved to open on my 21st birthday. I’m not sure if Rory will reciprocate my feelings but if not I’m sure 46 year old me will enjoy opening them!!!
- Salt Dough Hand and Foot Prints
I originally planned to do these at Christmas. I then put them off until my last month of maternity leave. Now months after pinning the original idea I’ve finally found the time to do them and I’ll be honest, they’re disappointing! Having pushed my patience to it’s limit there’s no way I’m repeating the ordeal again anytime soon. Who knew it was so difficult to imprint a child’s hand without them rubbing salt dough in their eyes!
- Take a picture after they fall asleep then do it every year
Something which I completely forgot to do! Never mind.
- Write a letter to your child
I decided to write a letter to Rory the day before his birthday as it’s Valentines day – A Valentine’s Letter to my Baby boy. It felt fitting considering the previous year I had spent the day in labour. It’s a tradition which I plan to continue each year.
- A cake smash photo shoot
It’s very on trend at the moment to dress your child up in a silly hat, plonk them down in front of a cake and take cutesy pictures of them basking in the sugary goodness. The reality, from what I’ve seen, isn’t what you would expect. Recently lots of cake smash disasters have been doing the rounds on Instagram some of which are pretty hilarious! I was planning to shoot our very own cake smash however considering I have all on trying to get Rory touch a mini roll I didn’t fancy wasting my time.
- Sign a wooden initial letter
This one is a good idea if you’re having a birthday party. I bought a white letter ‘R’ from Ebay with the aim of getting everyone who came to Rory’s party to sign it before they left. I thought it would be nice to hang in his bedroom. Again the intention was there but on the day I was just too busy. I completely forgot to put the letter out so now we just have a giant letter R lurking around the house! Saying that I have to admit it made a pretty good prop for this birthday photo shoot.
- A picture with them holding a balloon
I really love this idea unfortunately it’s one we never got round to doing. Each year you take a picture of them holding a balloon but you add a balloon for every year of their age. I think the pictures would look really great in a collage frame, although I do wonder how long you could keep up the tradition before they refuse to co-operate?
- Birthday photo shoot
I may have decided against the cake smash however I had to find some justification for sticking Rory in the most ridiculous outfit I could find. What better excuse than a birthday photo shoot. None of the cake smash clean up but the same amount of embarrassing pictures which I can pull out when his girlfriend comes for tea!
What plans do you have for your babies first birthday? Fancy giving any of these a try or have you come up with your own ways to remember the special occasion?
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