If you’re doing a birthday properly, it should be all about the bling. Whether that’s piñatas and balloons, or an old bed sheet with the words ‘Tracy is 40’ spray-painted on. It’s all about spectacle, and that should be no different with baby’s first birthday. Which is why we have put together this list of first birthday decoration ideas.
One year olds are still growing and developing their skills so a great way to engage and entertain them, is by putting up a few simple decorations that give a party a bit of colour. Different shapes, styles and textures not only add variety to your design but will keep baby fascinated for hours.
We’ve lovingly assembled a collection of decoration ideas that can be made at home. They’re simple and easy to make because we know, as busy mums and dads, time isn’t always in great supply.
What’s a birthday party without bunting? Depressing, that’s what. Using coloured paper and string, it’s easy to add a touch of flare to your tiny one’s big day. Go one step further and use pictures of their favourite characters. Cut them out of magazines and comics or print them off and use those!
Balloons are a big part of any birthday, but with little ones you have to be careful, those rubbery things can be a choking hazard. Tissue paper lanterns work just as well and are a safer, and environmentally friendlier, alternative. Accordion-fold some tissue paper, pin together the ends and unfold. Stick the edges together and hang with string. Easy.
While you don’t want to overload the birthday babe with too many things, ambient music and a nice arrangement of fairy lights or lamps will stimulate them aurally and visually. A range of textures like furry throws or rugs, bean bags, tissue paper streamers and reflective surfaces can provide other points of interest too. Warning: Your house may look like a 60s throwback.
You must know how to make paper airplanes; everyone has to learn at school – what else do you throw at the substitute teacher? While that was probably a form of mental torture, these days paper planes can be used for good instead of evil. Using brightly coloured paper and hanging them from the ceiling they look great and will keep kids entertained for hours.
After a year of bringing up a baby, if there’s one thing you will have plenty of, it’s photographs. So why not use these to help brighten up your decorations? Make a wall collage made of photos and shape them into a ‘1’ or, using chronological photos, why not create some bunting that shows just how much baby has changed over the last year.
For more great 1st Birthday ideas, why not check out our Pinterest page?