After 365 days of changes for both you and your baby, it's time to celebrate. Birthday parties for a 1-year-old are about commemorating this milestone with friends and family. But let's be honest, the adults will be more involved in the party than the 1-year-old, so choose games that engage the adults -- and be sure to take photographs.
Baby Photo Mystery
Include in the invitation a request for guests to bring a baby photo of themselves. Collect the pictures as the guests arrive. Hang them on a bulletin board and label each picture with a number. Place a numbered piece of paper and a pencil at each place setting. During the party, have the guests write to whom they think each picture belongs.
Pass the Parcel
Play this simple game by wrapping a small gift several times. It is helpful to use a different color paper for each layer. Between each layer, place a piece of paper with a message on it. Some messages can be an action to perform or the chance to pick a prize. Start the music and pass around the package. Once the music stops, the person holding it unwraps one layer and reads what the note says. Consider actions such as "sing a song," "wear a silly hat" or "answer a question." The person who unwraps the last layer keeps the gift.
The people you invite to a baby's first birthday party usually are close friends or family. Challenge them to answer questions about the baby. Create a list of 20 questions regarding your baby. Start with something easy such as the middle name. Ask when your 1-year-old started crawling, smiling or made her first sound. Mix some easier multiple-choice questions into the quiz. Have a few questions ready in case you need a tiebreaker. Give a prize for the best score and a gag gift for the worst score.
Guess How Many
Fill a large clear container with teething biscuits or baby snacks. Count the number of snacks as you put them in the container. Give each guest a card or piece of paper on which he can write his guess of the number and his name. The person closest to the actual amount wins a prize. You can keep the jar of snacks for the baby.
Baby Toy Relay
The birthday child will enjoy watching his party guests crawl and laugh while participating in a baby-toy relay race. Divide guests into two teams. Set two laundry baskets on one end of the room, and your guests and a pile of toys on the other end. The first player on each team takes a toy and crawls to the basket, drops the toy in the basket and crawls back to tag the next person on the team. The first team to bring all the toys to the basket wins.
Give each guest crayons and paper. On the word "go," players start to draw the baby. Surprise guests by calling out "switch" after 30 seconds. Instruct each person to pass the unfinished drawing to the individual to the right. Keep going, switching every 30 seconds, or mix it up to keep everyone on their toes. When finished, combine the drawings into a collage to hang on the wall during the rest of the party.