Sweet First Birthday Ideas

Your baby's big day is as much of a milestone for you as it is for your babe. Make the day special with these sweet (and easy!) first birthday ideas.

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Happy Birthday, Baby!

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Happy Birthday, Baby!

Has it really been a full year since your baby arrived? Celebrate your baby's big milestone (and let's face it -- yours!) with these easy and super-sweet ideas to make the party special.

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Bake a Smash Cake

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Bake a Smash Cake

Let your baby dig into her birthday cake, toddler-style. Bake (or buy -- whatever works!) a first birthday cake for your guests and then have a smaller smash cake or cupcake that your baby can have all to herself. (Need ideas? Here are 14 crazy-cute smash cake ideas.)

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Highlight the High Chair

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Highlight the High Chair

Plan ahead for photo-ops by making the high chair the center of attention. Tape balloons and streamers to the wall behind your baby's high chair (far enough away so they're out of reach) and decorate the front with this easy idea from Little Brick House.

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Make a Timeline

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Make a Timeline

For nearly effortless decor, try this simple idea from Craftaholic Anonymous: Use clothespins to make a timeline of photos from Baby's first year.

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Share Baby's Faves

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Share Baby's Faves

Share your little one's favorite things and key deets with a poster (we love this chalkboard version from Hostess with the Mostest). Plus it doubles as a great keepsake when she's older.

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Sign a Real Book!

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Sign a Real Book!

Take a cue from Captured Love Photography and have guests sign a real book instead of a guest book for your baby to keep and enjoy during the years ahead.

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Create a Collage

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Create a Collage

We know your phone is full of baby photos. Print your favorite ones and tape them to a cardboard cut-out #1 like this cute collage from Really, Are You Serious?

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Send a Message in a Bottle

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Send a Message in a Bottle

You're probably not thinking about high school graduation just yet—but wouldn't it be sweet if your baby could open up something on her 18th birthday that was written on her first? Have guests write a message and tuck it away until she's about to leave the nest, like this milk bottle message bottle from Ducklings in a Row.

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Collect Predictions

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Collect Predictions

Have your guests predict what your baby will be like in 20 years, the way Keeping Up With The Morgans did. When he turns 21, you can let him know what Uncle Bob and Grandma thought about his future!

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