Birthday Parties for Babies

Baby’s birthday is a major milestone in both the baby’s and the parents’ lives. So, choose a theme and arrange the party around it. Here are a few tips and ideas for celebrating that special first, second or third birthday.


Baby at the Zoo


Balloon Float. Decorate inflated balloons like animals using permanent markers, pieces of construction paper, or inexpensive masks and float them around the ceiling.


Animal Masks. Buy some animal masks and let the kids wear them. Be sure to have a mirror handy so they can see themselves. Or paint the babies’ faces to look like animals, using non-toxic face paints.


What’s that Noise? Make animal noises and have the babies name the animal.


Petting Zoo. Hire an animal trainer to bring an animal to the party, such as a gerbil, rabbit, or turtle, and then let the babies touch them.


Baby, Bubbles and Balloons


Pop the Bubble. Have adults blow bubbles and let the babies try to pop them.

Catch the Balloon. Inflate balloons, toss them in the air and let the babies try to catch them.


Balloon Animals. Hire a balloon animal magician to make balloon animals, and then hand them to the babies accompanied by animal noises.


Chase the Balloon. Tie a string to a balloon and set it in the middle of the room. Pull the string and watch the babies go after it.


Musical Baby


Baby Rock Band. Set out instruments for babies to play during the party, and get out a few fun CDs to play with the instruments.


Musical Chairs. Set out mats for the babies to sit or stand on. Start the music and encourage the babies to dance around in a circle. When the music stops, have them find a mat to stand on. Do NOT remove any mats – babies at this age won’t understand, and they will enjoy the game without playing the official way.


Sing a Song. Have the babies sit in a circle and sing a favorite song, such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or “Happy Birthday to You.” If you know baby sign language, add that to the song.


Have a Concert. Give the babies musical instruments and let them play along to some music, while they march around the room like a parade.


A few bonus tips:


Keep the party short and sweet for this age, an hour or an hour-and-a-half is usually long enough.


Plan the party for late morning or late afternoon, when baby is not too tired.


Invite parents to come so they can watch their babies stay safe and enjoy the fun.


Get extra help – hire a babysitter or two to assist you with the party planning and hosting.


Keep the babies busy so they don’t become bored or whiney, but don’t overwhelm them with activities – keep it simple.


Babies love balloons! Have plenty of inflated balloons on hand, but be careful not to have young kids inflate the balloons or play with popped balloons, as they are a choking hazard.

by Penny Warren