What Do You Buy For A Baby’s First Birthday?

A child’s first birthday is a very special occasion and one to be remembered. Just like a baby’s first step, tooth or word, it is a memorable event and one to be celebrated in style.

But what goes into a first birthday; what preparation is required and what kind of things need to be bought? Obviously gifts from a place like Grainandgram.com need to be purchased to give the little one on their birthday but you also may decide to throw a party and further important necessities are required.

Here is a detailed and informative guide on what you need to buy for a baby’s first birthday.

  • Presents for the Future

Many family and friends decide to purchase special presents to hold as keepsakes for years to come. There are various first birthday gifts which are popular including casting kits, photo frames, photo albums, jewellery like a name necklace, and piggy banks. Why not personalise the gift with the date and baby’s name to make the gift extra special? Personalized gifts hold a lot more value. Whether you choose to customize your own fun socks with your face so that they can wear them, or you decide to make a handmade card for your kid, every little detail counts, even if they are just 1 year old. It’ll be something for them to look back at as they get older.

  • Presents for Now

But you might want to get your little one something they can treasure right now and if they so happen to hold onto it when they’re older then that’s a bonus! Some gorgeous one-year-old-friendly gift ideas include blankets and teddies that any baby can snuggle to. For bath time you could try the perfect Gruffalo gift set (comes with a soft toy too). Topical baby themes for blankets and soft toys consist of Disney, Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit. But let’s be honest, babies will love any character that is soft and snuggleable.

  • Cake

Whether you are planning on throwing a birthday party or not, you have to purchase a cake. Don’t forget to take a picture of the birthday boy/girl blowing out his/her first candles. You can embellish the cake with novel accessories such as ribbon, sugar crafted decorations and treats.

  • Games

A toddler is constantly learning and developing so games are great purchases for a first birthday. You can play with them at home or at the party location and they will help to entertain all the little ones. Ideas include a piñata, carnival clown pin the nose, barnyard bash, and jungle animal games.

  • Decorations

Don’t forget to buy decorations for your baby’s first birthday. Even if you aren’t throwing a party, you can still decorate the house with lovely banners and eye-catching hanging ribbons to make the day extra special.

Create a theme and use this throughout; it can be anything from a simple colour to a favourite character. Run the theme throughout the day by coordinating the tableware, wrapping paper and balloons etc.

This article was written by First Birthday Party, the one stop party shop for first birthday decorations and gifts.

A Guide to Giving Flowers as Birthday Gifts

Each month of the year is symbolised by a particular flower, and what better to send that special someone as a birthday gift than a stunning arrangement of flowers which are an emblem of their own birth month. Obviously, flowers aren’t for everyone and some people would be more grateful for an alternative on their birthday. Why not look into some gift baskets filled with fruit, snacks and chocolate- something for everyone! It’s not too late to send a gift basket for someone’s birthday, but if you feel flowers are a better choice, Interflora.co.uk can help you choose the perfect flowers, whatever the time of year.

January is the month of the carnation. Striped carnations are sent to say ‘sorry I can’t be with you’, whereas solid colours denote an acceptance of an invitation. For those born in February, iris may be the flower of good news but is also the flower associated with this month. March brings daffodils, which are the first sign of spring and also a symbol of respect. For April birthdays, daisies are given. Although when most people think of daisies they imagine the tiny white flowers on their lawns, but there are actually over twenty thousand types of daisy. A stunning bouquet can be made of aster, ox-eye and African daisies, giving an exotic display of riotous colour. For those born in May, lilies are the way forward. Again, there are so many different types that it would be impossible to name them all here, but our florists at interflora birthday gifts will be happy to advise you of the best seasonal blooms to use. June is the month of roses, most commonly associated with love, but also with early summer, and the heady scent will be a welcome guest in any home. For July birthdays, larkspur, which also means ‘beautiful spirit’, should be sent to loved ones. August is the time of the gladiola, September can be celebrated with aster, and October with calendula. All these can be made up into one of interflora.co.uk’s delightful hand-tied bouquets.November has chrysanthemum as its very own flower, and as the colours have different meanings, you can say happy birthday to a friend, a relative or a lover born in November with a dazzling arrangement of blooms. And finally we come to December, with narcissus, which can be used to say ‘stay as sweet as you are’, a delightful birthday message.

Any of our florists at interflora birthday gifts can help you choose the perfect combination of flowers from our many bouquets, or guide you in making your own personalised gift.