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If you're having other children over for a first birthday, create some fun placemats for the kids to take home after the party. You can print and laminate favorite coloring pages or collect a collage of photos of the birthday child, make color copies, and have them laminated.
Remember that first birthdays are really for the family of the child more so than for the child. If they have some friends they regularly see at the park, you might invite a few of them over for cupcakes in the afternoon. If you have family nearby, you might opt for a low-key brunch. Whatever you do, make it easy on yourself so you can enjoy your guests.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|