Planning the B-day

Birthdays should be special. The older you get the more they lose the magic. But as long as I can do it, it will be the most special day for my daughter. Most people say that they don't really get what's going on, but HA! I know better. My daughter is smart. Big party. Period.

Two weeks are left, and I have most of the gifts - pictures later when they will be unpacked.
But what can make a baby birthday special. She won't really care about the special cake. And all her play class friends have their birthday parties before her, so there is not so much left to choose from. We had indoor parities, we had parties are the zoo / playground areas and we sang songs.

So here is my question to you guys: How can I make this B-day special?

I found a mini helium ballon set yesterday at Toys'R'Us. That's in for sure. Party hats. But if you were a one year old, or actually had a one year old, what would you do? And any special killer gift that you can think of?
So curious for your advice.

4 Response to "Planning the B-day"

  1. Pretty Things Says:

    My one-year old could have cared less about his birthday -- it was more for the parents. He loves Thomas the Tank Engine early on, so that was his dealio. And I took him to Toys R Us and let him look at things (thank goodness he didn't want EVERYTHING, he was pretty disciplined about that) and we found a carpet that he could run cars on -- had road ways and such.

    For invites, I painted his foot and stamped it on paper -- you could do that with hands.

  2. Rebecca Says:

    I don't have a one year old and never have so I'm not sure what advice I can give you! But I think as long as you and people who you love are all together, you'll have a fab time. And Cake. Cake is always good! My Mum has made me on my birthday since my very first, a chocolate hedgehog cake. I LOVE it and it just wouldn't be the same without one. In fact, one of our wedding cakes was a large family of chocolate hedgehogs! So you could start some kind of birthday tradition for Amelia which she will be able to look back on and treasure.

  3. Rebecca Says:

    Nicki, I can send you photos of my cakes! My Mum makes two sandwich tins and cuts one up into various bits and sticks them on with butter icing to make the shape of the hedgehog. She makes the spines with Cadbury's chocolate buttons cut in half, and with Smartie eyes. Hedgehog cakes are the best! I'll look out some photos.

  4. Cindy Says:

    Wow, Rebecca's cake idea sounds really cool! I usually make theme cakes for my kids as well.
    One tradition that I've done...I made each of the boys a special birthday hat for their 1st birthday to wear for pictures and blowing out the candle on their cake. They wore it for several more years afterwards and it's fun to see how they've grown.
    Another idea is to start a collection for her and give her something to add to that collection every year.