Babies love bubbles and balls and this birthday party theme is joyfully filled with both. It’s bright, playful and best of all it’s as easy as 1,2,3 for busy moms to prepare. After all, you have your hands full with baby care and need a break when it comes to party planning.
Hosting the party at home, or in a familiar setting will make things easier on your baby.
Schedule the party around nap time.
Keep it short… 60-90 minutes is best.
Keep it simple… non-competitive activities.
Discuss food allergies before preparing the menu.
Ask a few friends or family members to be your party helpers.
Bubbles & Balls Baby Party Invitations and Decorations
Set the stage for a memorable baby birthday with special touches and personalized items.
Make your own bubble styled invitations using card stock paper cut in small and large circles. Glue the smaller circle offset on the edge of the larger circle. Write your baby’s age on the small circle and the party details on the large circle. For an added touch, lightly dust the invitations with super fine poly-glitter which you can find at a craft store.
Begin your decorating with a color palette which makes it easier to purchase balloons, plates streamers and other party items.
Both pastel or primary colors work well with this party theme. I tend to use three colors when decorating for a party. In this case pink, yellow and light green or red, blue and yellow.
Rent or purchase a bubble machine for a fun greeting at the entry way.
Decorate the door with large paper circles cut from coordinating paper and your baby’s age written in marker.
Make more paper circles and numbers to hang from the ceiling and mount on the windows and walls.
A party area can’t help but look festive when it’s filled with balls, balls and more balls in a variety of colors and sizes (keep safety in mind).
Set the table with matching paper or plastic party-ware. A disposable table cover will be easier in the long run or you can use a white sheet that can be washed when the party is over.
Include some personalized party items with the birthday child’s name or photo on a few of the table items. Order them from popular on-line party suppliers.
Run the party streamers down the center of the table and use frosted cupcakes in a stand for a centerpiece.
Use a clothesline or string and matching plastic clothespins to display pictures of the birthday baby. Including photos that also have the guests with the baby is a thoughtful touch.
Balloons should be used cautiously with baby parties as they are a choking hazard. Tie one helium balloon on the back of each party chair and few more on the guest of honor’s chair.
Bubbles & Balls Baby Party Games and Crafts
Planning a party for babies requires simple activities and plenty of flexibility. Select a few of these party ideas to to entertain the little ones at your party and remember that the party will only be about one hour.
Bubble chasing is always fun. Use a bubble machine or enlist older guests to blow the bubbles for the children to chase and pop.
Play simple ball rolling games with one and two year olds. For example they can roll the balls back and forth with adults – little ones are not quite ready to play catch with each other.
Three year old babies will enjoy throwing balls into laundry baskets or clean waste baskets.
Play a circle time game with a ball…sing or say the child’s name while rolling the ball back and forth with them.
Two and three year old babies will enjoy “painting” with water using round sponges and wash basins of water.
Bubbles & Balls Baby Party Food and Favors
Special considerations need to be taken when planning a menu for the babies at the party but you’ll have more flexibility on the foods you can serve the older guests. This is a short and sweet party so finger food and snacks are appropriate.
Fruit Kabobs are a delicious treat for older guests but not safe for little ones.
Serve baby-safe cut fruit for the little guests.
Top crackers topped with cream cheese and blue berry “balls”.
Serve finger food such as meat wrapped string cheese, cheese cubes and cream cheese crackers.
Little hands enjoy dipping…try hummus and guacamole with pita triangles.
Frosted cupcakes or ice cream cones with are a perfect treat for this party, especially if you add sprinkles.
Send guests home with a large home baked cookie, bottle of bubbles and ball of course.
Kit Bennett is a celebration and play expert who believes that sprinkles, pom-poms, pipe cleaners and wiggle eyes make the world a brighter place. Kit is the original founder of AmazingMoms.com and now owns KidsParties123! Learn more about Kit