When a baby turns 1 should they have a birthday party?

United States
November 28, 2006 1:48pm CST
My son turns one on January 1st and I was wondering should I throw him a birthday party. I know some people they say no because it's a waste of money and he's not going to remember it... but I think I will feel a little better if I do just to honor that he made it through his first year of life...... Should he have a birthday party for him?
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@delina123 (2454)
• Canada
28 Nov 06
All I did was have family over for cake
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• United States
28 Nov 06
maybe I should do that..... I have a lot of family though and a little house
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@ngm_syd (1087)
• India
29 Nov 06
Yea
• Indonesia
1 Dec 06
I agree.. On my son 1st b'day, we invite all family to have dinner together. And we pray, give thanks to Lord for this one wonderful year.
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@nancygibson (3736)
• France
28 Nov 06
I would say a small family gathering, just so you can look back on teh first year, but no fuss or ballons or games, as you say he's a bit small for that. Maybe get the grandparents round for dinner instead.
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• United States
28 Nov 06
true that would be good I was thinking of doing just dinner and the cake for dessert
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• United States
11 Dec 06
Every kid needs to have a first b-day party! Mine to this day like to look at the photos from the party and laugh! Every kid deserves to have his or her own little cake to make a mess of and enjoy themselves!
• India
12 Dec 06
hiii .....ofcousre u have to celebrate his 1st birthday....they r most imp and memorable days in life...for u and for ur kid too....after they grow .....they will def ask u abt ...their burthday...record a video and save it...one fine day give it to him...hes gonna cherish those days
• United States
28 Nov 06
1 - 1
Yea, why not. You could invite your family over and have cake and icecream. Im sure even if he doesnt know whats going on he will be able to tell by everyones attitude what a special day it is. Even if he doesnt remember, you will!
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• United States
28 Nov 06
true ... I got to do something!
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@ajcffmn (35)
• United States
28 Nov 06
Kids have to have a 1st bday party.. It is important even if it is just your immediate family. As they get older and have to do all their life timelines for school they need the pics.
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• United States
28 Nov 06
true ...... and that's just sad if you don't have the pics!
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@angel011 (1343)
28 Nov 06
I would have a family over and video it
• United States
28 Nov 06
yeah I got to video tape it no matter what!
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@srhelmer (7032)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
28 Nov 06
We threw one for our daughter and she enjoyed herself. She probably won't remember it but I know we will.
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• United States
28 Nov 06
Yes and it's good to remember those days
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@aprilsue00 (1992)
• United States
28 Nov 06
I have always had a birthday party for my kids when they turned one year old. Even if they don't remember it you will always have the pictures.
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• United States
28 Nov 06
I know I want to record it and maybe have a little new years dinner at the house ..... I don't know.... I don't want to spend too much!
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@nitesh123 (417)
• India
29 Nov 06
yes i think one should definitely go for it, i had done it in a very great way, i mean it was a grand party, so what if he should remember or not, today is the new technology era and every one makes a movie of such functions and he will see when he will get younger, and also now you are doing this for your happiness and not his.
• United States
29 Nov 06
yeah I'm going to take a lot of pictures
• United States
29 Nov 06
yeah I'm going to take a lot of pictures
• United States
29 Nov 06
i hate when people say that you should do stuff for kids when they are young because they wont remember it...its not about them remembering anything its the fact that as its happening they are enjoying themselves and at that moment it is making them happy! Thats what makes happy kids. Think of if you did nothing fun with a child for the first few years of their life! SO i say heck yea! Throw a party! it doesnt have to be big and expensive but you def want to make a good day for your baby and celebrate their first year of life!
• Philippines
29 Nov 06
Definitely!!!!!!!!!!! Making kids happy is the most important thing!!!
• United States
29 Nov 06
I agree my son will have a great time on his big day
@leahha (12)
• Australia
29 Nov 06
If you have a little house why not go to a park with him and family.....a nice picnic area that way...everyone brings a plate of food for a bbq....you supply cake and eeryone has a good time....esc.if other family has kids they can play.. If you go to a playgroup take a cake there and all her little friends can eat some.... childcare same thing.... but I understand about timing for her poor thing....2 out of 3 of my kids are just before xmas one is xmas eve....and the other the 14.....my eldest will be 5 and I have to try and find the time to get a party in before preschool breaks up... what ever you decide just not too long 1-2 hrs tops...
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• United States
29 Nov 06
okay thanks for the suggestions I will consider them when planning for my sons big day....
@suhascg (227)
• Australia
29 Nov 06
hey pal, first of all congrats..ur son definitely deserves a party... i'm sure he wont remember it but after a few years when he sees the video he ll definitely cherish it.. and who says its a waste of money, after all u r doing it for your son..
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• United States
29 Nov 06
true thanks a million
@meljessxena (2316)
• Australia
29 Nov 06
maybe just family like the parents and nan and pop of kid just few people
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• United States
29 Nov 06
yeah I'm trying to do just a few people but I have a lot of family near by so they are going to end up coming over and it's going to end up being this big party
@Marie2473 (8516)
• Sweden
29 Nov 06
I think you should throw him a B-day party. If u are afraid that he can not remember it maybe you should videotape it. If u donĀ“t have a camera yourself u might be able to borrow from someone =)
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• United States
29 Nov 06
yes I will video tape it thanks a million for your response
@naman95 (1554)
• India
29 Nov 06
Yes they shoul have birthday party to celebrate the occassion
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• United States
29 Nov 06
yes I think he will enjoy a birthday party so I'll do it for the moment but nothing big
• Romania
29 Nov 06
sure! why not? it is the first year after all!
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• United States
29 Nov 06
true I will do somthing and take a lot of pictures thanks for commenting!
• Romania
29 Nov 06
sure! why not? it is the first year after all!
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• United States
29 Nov 06
okay I will do a lil something thanks for commentng!!!!!!!!
@epizzahut (2079)
• China
29 Nov 06
yes I think so. a birthday party ! what a great idea,you can celebrate a new life has come to the world!
• United States
29 Nov 06
true but I did do that on his real birthdate the day he popped out the oven lol but yeah I think I'm going to throw him a small party
• United States
29 Nov 06
I did for both of my kids. I think it is more for the parents at that age but I have pictures to show them as they get older.
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• United States
29 Nov 06
yes everyone is agreeing that itis more for the parents at that age and I will take pictures!
@gknott (936)
• United States
28 Nov 06
I would celebrate with family and take lots of pictures... We only have today!
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• United States
28 Nov 06
true thanks for commenting!
28 Nov 06
I'd say no. Have a few close friends and family round and cake but I wouldn't throw a party for them. I'd get them a present and that but there not going to remember a party so it is a bit of a waste of money wereas the toy or whatever could become one of their favourites! Besides January the first is new years day so there'll be lots of parties to celebrate the new year anyway :)
• United States
28 Nov 06
that's so true