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A first birthday is fun but shouldn't be overwhelming--for either the child or the parents. Set up a budget ahead of time so you don't get overwhelmed by all the ideas you see and feel like you need to buy too much. If you're having a large group of people over to celebrate, keep the food simple and light. Finger foods and easy beverages will be enough, especially if you're having the party in the morning when most young children are at their better behavior.
If you want to serve a meal at the first birthday, one of the best birthday tips is to make it something you can make ahead of time and let guests help themselves. Lasagnas, tacos, and sandwiches work well. Do as much ahead of time as possible so you can relax and enjoy your guests and the first birthday as well. Take some pictures of the birthday child and relax and enjoy yourself.