The park is a natural gathering place for a first birthday party in the spring, summer, or early fall. You have a beautiful setting for a special occasion without the hassle and stress of cleaning and decorating your entire house. Family and friends have lots of room to spread out, with built-in play options for toddlers and older children. As you plan the upcoming bash for your little loved one, consider the following first birthday picnic in the park ideas.
Create a baby-friendly area
Most likely for a first birthday party, many of the guests will be around one year old as well. Bring a handful of baby blankets, picnic blankets, or large towels and designate a large space for the birthday boy or girl and his or her friends to crawl around to their hearts’ content.
Prepare picnic lunches
Assemble simple ham and cheese sandwiches ahead of time, and package them in small baskets or sacks with chips and fruit. Wooden berry baskets and brown paper sacks both work well. Purchasing sandwiches from a local deli is another great option. Guests will enjoy the simple picnic fare, and the cleanup will be quick and easy.
Offer a drink station or bottled drinks in coolers
For a warm weather birthday party in a park, a small drinks table with water, ice tea, or lemonade in glass drink dispensers is perfect. If you want to keep the setup even simpler, provide bottled drinks, such as water, soda, and beer, in a few coolers or drink buckets filled with ice next to the dessert table.
Set up a dessert table
Of course, the birthday cake is the showcase item at any first birthday party. Lay down a piece of colorful fabric over a plain white tablecloth to add a pop of color to the dessert table. In addition to the birthday cake, think about serving cookies, Rice Krispie treats, or other classic desserts. If you plan to have a separate smash cake, display it alongside the main cake or arrange a spot to keep it safe until the birthday boy or girl is ready.
Make a couple of buntings to complete the food and drink area
A park setting is naturally gorgeous, requiring very little decoration. A few colorful paper buntings strung across the food and drink tables is all you need to make the environment a little more festive for the birthday. Bunting is readily available at any party store, or you can make or print your own, using one of the numerous freebies or tutorials available online.
Fill giant balloons with confetti
Nothing excites babies quite like huge balloons filled with colorful confetti. And how can you have a child’s birthday party without some balloons? Fill up a handful of balloons, and then weigh them down in a grassy patch right next to the baby area where everyone will be able to admire them throughout the party.
To complete the low-key, hands-off birthday party experience that you’ll be able to enjoy fully as a parent, think about hiring a photographer. It may seem extravagant for a first birthday celebration but will be worth every penny. Instead of worrying about capturing the big moments of the day yourself, lose yourself in the moment with your spouse and son or daughter.