- Pick a venue that can handle the mess of a baby and toddler takeover.
- Consider a house party if you’re only inviting a few guests and want to keep costs manageable.
- Look at local leisure centers or halls if you want a bigger do (with less clearing up).
- Consider things like parking and toilet/baby-changing facilities.
- If at home make sure it’s safe for all ages attending, whether old or young.
- Out of home, make sure the venue is aware of the age groups attending so they can ensure appropriate health and safety provisions are in place.
- Think about your kick-off time—straight after baby’s regular nap time is a good choice.
- Keep it short—for everyone’s sake. A couple of hours is plenty.
- Book well in advance—you’ll need to confirm the venue on the invites.
- Be sure to include an “RSVP by” date on the invite.
- Invite the people you know will get in the party mood.
- If people ask about gifts, things they can grow into are good (clothes, books), or else practical items (toothbrush, bath towel, dining sets).
- Consider asking for donations to a charity instead of gifts—you could always include this on the invite too.
- A few toys, some soft playmats, and lots and lots of colorful balloons should create the right atmosphere.
- Choose a playlist to get everyone in the mood. With a couple of adult-friendly tunes thrown in too.
- Keep the music low, to protect little ears.
- Consider giving your little guests a party bag with a small book or toy to take home.
- Put out a selected of healthy snacks and finger foods will keep everyone happy.
- Consider small sandwiches/canapes for older siblings and adults.
- Provide lots of water.
- Keep sweet treats out of reach so parents can control quantities.
- Do ask if any of your guests have allergies.
- Consider the cake. Homemade or shop-bought? And don’t feel guilty if you don’t have time to make one, it’s called prioritization!
- Remember cakes are usually high in sugar so cut slivers rather than slices for younger guests.
- Consider low and sugar-free cake options.
- Watch out for those grabby little hands and keep eyes peeled when the candle is lit.
- Baby might feel a bit overwhelmed when everyone’s singing. Give them a cuddle for reassurance.
- Ask a friend or relative to take lots of photos, you will probably have your hands full. Make sure they’re ready for the blowing out of candles!
- Remember that party photos make great thank-you cards, printed or sent as digital messages.
Get full access to expert-backed nutrition support
Curated content based on your preferences
Learn about various feeding options and what each means for you and your baby
Tailored Practical Tools
Try our tailored practical tools to guide you through the parenting journey.
My First 1000 Days club
Customised notifications, reminders and newsletters
Still haven't found what you are looking for?
Try our new smart question engine. We'll always have something for you.