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Keep your 1-year-old's birthday party simple! Invite a few families he's familiar with. This will ensure that he -- and you -- won't get overwhelmed. Plan party time for your little one's happiest time of the day. Decorate to your heart’s content, keeping decorations up and out of the way of little hands. Let him tear open his presents and, most likely, play with the colorful bows and boxes. Just go with the flow and take plenty of pictures. When it’s time for cake, seat him in his highchair and let him dig in. When he flashes his toothy grin through layers of icing, laugh and celebrate! Joyful simplicity is the key to making your baby’s first birthday easier and more fun.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|