Is it "necessary" to have a grand celebration for my only son's 1st birthday?

My only son, Ethan
@miyara (523)
Philippines
October 17, 2006 2:44am CST
your responses will help me better decide what is best. His birthday will be this coming December 8.
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21 responses
• United States
17 Oct 06
You don't need to have a grand celebration. just invite a few close friends and family members over and have a easy lunch or dinner buffet!
17 Oct 06
Best way to do it!
@toonatoons (3740)
• Philippines
7 Dec 06
grand celebrations are never a necessity. if you could afford one, well and good, but if you're on a tight budget, why go through with it, right? turning one calls indeed for a celebration, but you could do it rather quietly, with maybe, just some ice cream, spaghetti, cakes, sandwiches.
@perugu (5281)
• India
31 Oct 06
hi,ETHAN..tell your mother..as its my first birth day,celebrate within the close friends..its my recommendation to your parents.. hi,miyara...on dec.8th..go to your god.s[church or buddha..i don't know..] place in the morning,pray for some time ..have small and nice party with close near and dear..DO SOME HELP TO POOR ON THAT OCCASSION..all the best.. hi,etan..wish you advanced happy birth day..
• Philippines
30 Oct 06
Birthday celebration @ jollibee
yeah, I think so, coz it's the 1st bday of your son
• Philippines
30 Oct 06
didn't know u already have a baby...hehehe... of course u have to have a grand celebration for him... :-)
@tsmeesa98 (576)
• United States
29 Oct 06
I would just invite any close (I'm talking sees him at least 2-3 times a week) family and friends. Any more than that will overwhelm him even if he's an outgoing child. I learned that the hard way
@premium (566)
• India
29 Oct 06
Yes of course you should celebrate it grandly bcoz that his 1st brithday.
@mama_mia (128)
• Philippines
29 Oct 06
party balloons - picture of party balloons
oh! how sweet is your baby! i think your baby's 1st birthday must be celebrated well. he is your first and only child so why be thrift on him? anyways i believe that even if he doesn't seem yet to understand what is happening but when he grows old he will be proud that you gave him a grand first birthday. so be sure to have your camera and videos on hand. invite your family and friends to celebrate and be thankful you have a great sweet son! you're blessed so show them that you're thankful. don't forget to thank god for giving you a wonderful child. god bless!
• India
17 Oct 06
Its all on you. if you are really happy on his birth then you should definetly celebrate his birhtday. and the matter of grand celebration depends on your financial capabilities.
@indiandevil (2100)
• Sussex, New Brunswick
17 Oct 06
We didn't it was just the three of us, and then later we went to my mothers who had her own little thing but still nothing major just my sisters and brother, mom and dad and us
@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
17 Oct 06
He is a little cutie. With regard to his birthday, of course you want to celebrate but do not go overboard as he is not yet old enough to understand what it is all about. Perhaps invite the grandparents and other relations you are close to as well as close friends but keep the numbers down. Remember he will tire fairly easily as it will be a long day for him - parents are all excited and he will realise that something is not "usual". Good luck but whatever you do, at least have some sort of celebration, even if you limit the numbers. :)
@Sm00tH (2040)
• Belgium
17 Oct 06
ofcourse it is birthdays are very joyful days! kids have great memories of those and they have so much fun.
@ladyheart25 (1816)
• Philippines
17 Oct 06
You dont have to make the party too expensive for ur son. Though i made a birthday party for my only son too but it cost me not too much. Just invite close friends and relatives, also dont forget invite kids, ur son will be happy viewing a lot of kids happy in his party.
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
17 Oct 06
I don't think you have to have a huge party. Your son isn't going to remember whether or not his first birthday party was a smash. Do a small family gathering or invite a few friends.
17 Oct 06
What do you consider to be grand? For my nephews birthday and all there firsts, all that was needed was family, close family.
• United States
17 Oct 06
That is your choice. If you want to have a grand celebration then have one. If you would rather it just be you and him then do that. He isn't gonna care either way. With my 1st child I did a big party, but with my 2nd child I was giving birth to my 3rd child on his birthday so he didn't have a party. Danielle didn't care that she had one and Mikey didn't care that he didn't. Good Luck
@fritz27 (1137)
• United States
17 Oct 06
you only turn 1 once. yes....get the big cake, loads of film, family, friends, balloons, and food. go for broke!!!
17 Oct 06
Hi there. I felt under loads of pressure to have a huge party for my little one on her firt birthday but it actually ended up a complete waste of time as she was too young to even get what was going on and spent the entire afternoon screaming and crying at the guests and playing with the wrapping paper!!! I much preferred to have the bigger bash when she was older - it made it more worth while!
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
17 Oct 06
what a cutie! The truth is that he won't really remember what you did, so be sure to at least take pictures of him with a birthday cake for posterity. (The tradition of baby's first sugar with a little cake all his own that he gets to destroy is not to be missed in my opinion). In my case, it felt important as a family celebration to have a semi-large celebration when my son turned 1. I do admit that it was more for me than for him since he was so small and unlikely to recall. This has changed of course since he is older (4 years old in June) and he gets great pleasure from his birthday parties now! I would say to just do what feels right for you and have a great time regardless
@StarBright (2799)
• United States
17 Oct 06
I can see why you want to celebrate. Ethan is cute as can be. I'm with Laureleigh99. He is 1 year old. Keep it simple. Some balloons, a simple menu and only for a couple of hours should do it up grand enough for a one year old. Babies get tired from all the excitement. When they get tired, they get cranky. When they get cranky, your grand birthday party will turn into a disaster. If you have other small children at the party, you and their parents will really be thankful for the two hour limit. Plan your party activities so the party moves along - eating, games, cake and candle, opening presents. Don't forget the grandparents. They love this stuff. Have fun.