Birthday Party Ideas for 1-Year-Old Boys

Your little prince is already a 1-year-old. He is developing a spunky personality and is already running away from you. Invite his favorite friends, cousins and neighbors for an afternoon of running, playing, tumbling and running off all that excess energy that little boys tend to collect. Parties for little boys don't have to be too intricate. Give the boys space to explore, and they will be happy babies.

Colors

Blues, greens and primary colors are often associated with little boys. The blues you use in his party can range from deep navy blues to bright sky blues, as can the greens. You can use a color theme for the party, choosing just one shade or integrating a variety of them. You can use those colors as inspiration. Blues and greens may inspire beach, ocean or water themes. Primary reds and yellows match these colors.

Themes

Use your baby's personality and favorite toys to inspire the party's theme. If he has a favorite car, you can have a transportation or racing theme. If he loves his toy boats, have a boating, beach or lake theme. You can extend this to a sand castle of fishing theme. If his favorite toy is a truck, have a construction theme. His favorite stuffed animal may call for a zoo, jungle or puppy theme.

Activities

He probably loves to play with certain toys. Let him and his friends do just that. Get everyone a toy that goes with a special toy for your little one. For instance, everyone might get a new plastic truck or boat. Let them drive the truck around a carpet map. Fill some tubs with water and let kids "drive" them around the water.

Locations

One-year-olds don't need to go to the latest kid's restaurant or activity center. Let boys run around the backyard and play with their race cars. For something special, have a little picnic at the zoo with favorite stuffed animals. Children's museums offer lots of high-energy, interactive activities for kids, even little ones.

Food

One-year-old boys are still building an inventory of foods they can eat and they like, so keep your menu simple. Your son probably doesn't care if his food matches his theme. Stick with simple, healthy snacks, such as cheese sticks, crackers and fruit. Make blueberry muffins or cupcakes with a blueberry frosting for a healthy upgrade.

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Published: Aug. 23, 2010

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