Celebrating Baby’s First Birthday

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Baby’s first birthday is such an exciting time for parents and one of the biggest celebrations during childhood. Today I’m partnering with Babies“R”Us to share about a baby’s first birthday celebration they are hosting in their stores this weekend.

I remember both of my boy’s first birthday celebrations. My oldest, Jacob’s, party was hosted in the community room at a firehouse which was big enough for all of our friends and family to join us. We had plenty of food, some catered and some homemade, and lots of toys throughout the room to keep the kids busy while the parents talked. The children even got to sit in the fire truck and meet some of the firefighters and the fire chief. Lucas’ party was more low-key, with just a small gathering of close friends and family at our home. We had some food and a cute “1″ shaped cake made by a friend. One thing both celebrations have in common is that they are happy memories we will always remember!

When planning your child’s first birthday party there are a few things you don’t want to forget to pick up. Here are three items that make my party must-have list:

1) A smash cake. Since nobody wants baby’s fingers in the cake they will eat, a smash cake (or even cupcake) is a must for baby. Think about all the adorable pictures you will get of your baby enjoying their special treat!

2) A birthday shirt or crown. Everyone knows who the birthday child is but it’s fun to have them in something that declares it! Babies”R”Us has a lot of choices in store and online. You can choose to get a first birthday shirt or just a general “it’s my birthday” shirt. There are also crowns and party hats you can get as well!

3) Decorations. Along with the typical decorations like streamers or balloons, consider adding in some personalized pieces. We displayed pictures of Jacob from every month of his first year in frames on a table.

Years ago Babies“R”Us helped make both of my boy’s celebrations special, from Jake’s birthday outfit to Luke’s birthday crown, and I’m happy to share they are still making baby’s first birthday something you’ll remember for years!  

This Saturday, August 27th, from 11am-12pm, all Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will host a Baby’s First Birthday event to celebrate this special milestone and offer the best solutions parents need for the big celebration. Attendees will also experience fun activities such as story time, photo prop fun, decorate your own Geoffrey growth chart and receive giveaways such as a complimentary Geoffrey plush, a special baby’s first crown and balloon, plus meet other local families and babies also celebrating Baby’s First Birthday.

While you are at the event, make sure to check out everything you need to make Baby’s First Birthday special, such as first birthday-themed apparel. Personally, I love the birthday shirts they have for kids (I still dress my boys in “it’s my birthday!” shirts every year). How cute is the little outfit for girls above!?

They have other First Birthday products along with great gift ideas for baby, too. I’m loving this Precious Moments figurine! I think they make such sweet gifts for little ones.

If you haven’t yet, make sure to sign your little one up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club!  It’s free and the club makes birthday kids feel extra special with a birthday card & gift from Geoffrey, a Birthday Phone Call from Geoffrey, a birthday crown and balloon in store and special birthday in-store events where they can attend story time and take home their very own copy of the book, plus a Geoffrey plush toy. Children can participate in the birthday club until they are 10. My boys are 7 and 8 and love being members of this club. You can read more about Geoffrey’s Birthday Club and our experience with it here.

How do you love to celebrate first birthdays?

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The Birthday Party Debacle Avoided

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This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.

My kid’s birthdays are in June but that doesn’t stop them from starting the birthday party planning as soon as Christmas is over. They have been in almost daily debates about where their party should be and still haven’t come to a decision. Having already been to a few parties this Spring they are sick of the typical party places and want to try somewhere new.

Thankfully I’ve recently discovered BirthdayMasters, a new website designed to help parents find birthday party venues, talented entertainers and great party rentals. The site currently focuses on San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and the Chicago area. BirthdayMasters makes choosing a party venue or party entertainment for your child’s party a lot easier. Each party place or entertainer has their own profile listing with party package descriptions, pricing, photos, and additional party information including party add-ons, and other customizable options which makes it easy to search, compare, and book parties.

I’ve started researching Chicago birthday party places and was amazed at how much variety I found on the BirthdayMasters site. This easy to use site features locations for all interests. There were some locations I had never heard of before and others that our family had been to that I didn’t realize were open for birthday parties. Party goers in the Chicago area can get a thrill racing go karts, splash around at an indoor pool party or learn how to ride a horse.

The BirthdayMasters site provides all the contact information I need along with details about the location and the party packages they offer. They even tell you everything you need to know about any guidelines they have for outside food, party deposits and things like that. This is really helpful for busy moms who are trying to plan a birthday party in between conference calls and baseball games.

Right now I’m considering hosting a party for the boys at one of the places I found on the site called Adventure Realm. This place has laser tag, live action role playing and an arcade. It’s completely different from any of the other places they’ve been lately and offers a unique experience for all.

BirthdayMasters also offers birthday party ideas for those planning home parties as well which I thought was nice. Check them out and let me know what you think!

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Wordless Wednesday: A Tom and Jerry Birthday

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My nephew, Camden, at his 4th Birthday Party

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5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom

Mom of 3 Girls ~MomStart ~ Two of a Kind…

Momma Findings ~ Mom Knows It All

A Daily Dose of Toni

The Divine Miss Mommy

Grammy Mouse Tails

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Wordless Wednesday: Gymnastics

 

Jacob playing in the foam block pit at his friend Sammie's gymnastics birthday party.

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5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom

Mom of 3 Girls ~MomStart ~ Two of a Kind…

Momma Findings ~ Mom Knows It All

Frosted Fingers ~ A Daily Dose of Toni

Grammy Mouse Tails

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Birthday Shirt Review and Giveaway

On Wednesday Jacob had some of his friends over for a birthday playdate. Here are some pictures of Jacob from the celebration:

See the cute shirt he was wearing at the playdate? Mimi from Mimi’s Babies Etsy shop made it just for him. To customize the shirt I was able to choose what fabric I wanted, what number I wanted, and the name I wanted on the shirt. I loved having a special shirt for him to wear and it will make a great keepsake.

I’ve spotlighted Mimi’s Babies Etsy shop before and I am doing it again because I absolutely LOVE their handmade items. You can order one of these shirts from their shop or enter to win one here. I’m excited that Mimi’s Babies will be giving one lucky winner a customized birthday shirt of your choice.

Mandatory entry: To have a chance at winning you must leave a comment below letting me know one other item you love from their shop.

Extra entries: For extra entries you may do any of the following (be sure to leave one comment for each):

1) Subscribe to Mimi’s Babies blog

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3) “Like” Mimi’s Babies on Facebook

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5) Follow @mimisbabiesetsy on Twitter

6) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

7) Tweet about this giveaway (please leave link to your tweet). Must include link to this post in your status update.

This giveaway will end on July 5, 2010 at 11:59pm. Please make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

(Disclosure: I was provided a birthday shirt by Mimi’s Babies Etsy Shop. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Mimi’s Babies will send Birthday shirt directly to the winner.)

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Wordless Wednesday: Toy Story Birthday Party

Here are some fun pictures from my nephew’s third birthday party this past weekend:

The Birthday Boy

The Birthday Boy's Sister (Maddie)

Jacob

Lucas

Camden And His Cousins In Their Matching Shirts... Love It!!

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