Your baby may not remember his or her first birthday, but it should be memorable for the whole family. A little extra planning before the party will make it not only fabulous but also stress-free.

Congratulations, your baby is now one year old! It means you’ve survived the first year of parenthood! It’s only going to get better and sometimes crazier from this moment on, so it’s only right to celebrate this milestone for you and your baby. But what kind of theme should the party have? How many people should you invite? What food and drinks should you serve? Who knew there would be so many considerations in planning a little one’s birthday bash?

Don’t fret, because honestly, your baby isn’t old enough to know or fuss about all the details. The first birthday is more for the family and friends and less for the guest of honor. Your child won’t remember the big day, but you will. And the photos of your baby turning one will become a great remembrance, so you have to execute it perfectly.

Luckily, we’re here to give you basic planning tips so you can prevent stress, enjoy the day, and keep your sanity, too!

Plan around your budget.

Consider your guest list carefully so you can keep it small and simple. This also considers your baby if he or she is sensitive to noise and a lot of people. Parties can be overwhelming for your kiddie guests, too. But if you want to make it a big affair, limit the duration of the party to less than two hours. Better if the venue has a quiet room you can take your baby to if he or she needs some quiet time. If you don’t have enough budget and you don’t mind getting a little creative, consider a DIY party.

Here are simple tips and smart ideas on how to make your precious one’s first birthday hassle-free:

A baby boy smiling while holding a marker - Asian Trendy Mums SuperMomGobal

Plan the party for after naptime.

A well-rested baby means he or she will be in a good mood and smile-ready for the camera! Consider a brunch bash or afternoon party so that the birthday girl or boy will not get tired out pretty quickly.

Pick a doable theme.

Sure, a circus-themed or a zoo party sounds great, but wait until you plan and try to source suppliers for it. You can go for a color-coordinated look or simply rent out a fast-food restaurant with a play space. There are a lot of restaurants or event places that offer birthday packages where they take care of everything, so all you have to do is do some research and show them your mood board.

Blue Inspired Birthday Theme - Motherhood Support Group SupermomGlobal
Black and Yellow Balloon Decors - Communities for Mums SuperMomGlobal

Don’t overload yourself.

Plan ahead of time. Enlist the help of your family and friends. Make it a time to reconnect with them as well.

Consider all ages when planning the menu.

Serve easy finger foods like mini cheese sandwiches, pasta spirals, and chicken fingers for the kids. Avoid food that may present a choking hazard to little ones. For adults, serve a light serving of burger sliders, antipasto skewers, pasta, and pretty much anything of your choice depending on your budget.

Cupcakes and Food Setup - Modern Parenting SupermomGlobal

Take pictures ahead of time.

Arrive early at the venue when all the decors are all up so you can take nice photos with your baby before the chaos starts!

A baby boy wearing a bonnet while smiling - Asian Trendy Mums SupermomGlobal
A baby girl wearing a ballerina skirt with white headband - New Moms Asia SuperMomGlobal

Think of ways to entertain your little guests.

Ask your hubby or a close friend to be the host of the party or the game master. If your budget permits, hire a children’s host who knows how to keep the kids entertained with games, songs, and dances during the party.

A Stack Baby Toys - Modern Modern Parenting SuperMomGlobal

Enjoy! Don’t stress about the little things. Your baby turns one only once, obviously, so have fun!