What are some fun activity ideas for a first birthday party? Baby's First Birthday

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Your little one is turning 1! For the big bash, you probably want activities that appeal to guests of different ages (even adults!). Here are various ideas, suggested by event-planning pros and moms, to consider while you're planning a memorable first birthday party for your baby.

Set Up Stations

"Young children always like to have activities at a party to keep them happy and interested. A few of my favorite ideas are: a Lego station, an arts and crafts station, a sundae station, a coloring station (line a table with brown paper, put out crayons, and let the kids go nuts), and a music station." -- Gina Wade, entertaining and lifestyle expert and special events planner for Gina Wade Creative, Los Angeles

Consider What Will Appeal to Adults & Kids

"Fun and engaging activities are important for a first birthday party. Party hosts will want to make sure the party is memorable for both the children and adults. Consider a mix of activities to engage the different audiences. Kick the party off with an activity parents and children can take part in together like cupcake or cookie decorating, and then plan an activity or hire children's entertainment to give parents a rest such as a clown, magician, or hula dancer." -- Alison Bernstein,...

"Fun and engaging activities are important for a first birthday party. Party hosts will want to make sure the party is memorable for both the children and adults. Consider a mix of activities to engage the different audiences. Kick the party off with an activity parents and children can take part in together like cupcake or cookie decorating, and then plan an activity or hire children's entertainment to give parents a rest such as a clown, magician, or hula dancer." -- Alison Bernstein, general manager of GigMasters, an event marketplace

Get Interactive

"Have an instant camera circulating. Encourage people to put down their phones, snap a real photo, and still get that instant gratification. Or do a baby brunch where you decorate doughnuts, taking your doughnut bar and food to the next level. Include the traditional elements of opening gifts and smashing a cake. Guests love to see the baby in action; this is one of the only times the baby is enough entertainment itself!" -- Anne Churchill, CMP, owner and event/wedding planner of AnnaBelle...

"Have an instant camera circulating. Encourage people to put down their phones, snap a real photo, and still get that instant gratification. Or do a baby brunch where you decorate doughnuts, taking your doughnut bar and food to the next level. Include the traditional elements of opening gifts and smashing a cake. Guests love to see the baby in action; this is one of the only times the baby is enough entertainment itself!" -- Anne Churchill, CMP, owner and event/wedding planner of AnnaBelle Events and Jubilee Planning Studio, Columbia, Missouri

It Depends on Your Guest List

"If guests are just adults, then get it catered and sit back and relax and have a normal adult party! If you're having a bunch of kids there, you definitely need some type of entertainment or activity. Otherwise, the kids will be running around nuts! We had a musician come from the music classes that our daughter was enrolled in. She performed for an hour and brought musical instruments for kids aged zero months through 5 years old! It was a hit all around."

Stick With Simple Arts & Crafts

"Anything that keeps kids busy, engaged, and active. I like simple arts and crafts that aren't too messy. Cookie decorating, cupcake decorating, pumpkin painting, and ornament making are all great choices."

Try a Cereal Bar

"Put different-flavored O-shaped cereals in pretty, clear canisters. It's like the baby version of a candy buffet."

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