Seasoned parents will often tell you how fast their kids grow and they couldn’t be more right. One day, you are over the moon to bring your new baby home and the next thing you know, they are going off to college.
Every phase of a child’s life is precious to parents so we can’t help but reminisce about their baby days when they were so adorable.
The only way to cherish each moment of your children growing up is to enjoy it, make it special and perhaps freeze it in time by creating extraordinary memories.
You don’t have to wait until their first birthday to make a celebration. You can throw a party for their first-ever tooth and tell them all about it when they grow up.
Babies might not realize it then but years down the road, they’ll know that they were loved through these little celebrations of their childhood.
If you are planning the first tooth party of your baby, there are a few important things you need to pay attention to:
Budgeting is essential because it is easy to go overboard and spend more than you ever planned to. Budgeting also helps with planning and saves you from the horrors of running out of money. Remember, you’re doing this for fun.
Spending more than you can afford to can lead to stress and worries, and you don’t want that. According to Eventbrite, you should “map out all your expenses so you can make informed decisions.”
The first tooth party is for parents and babies alike. Let your creative juices flow and come up with ideas and activities that end with both babies and parents having a great time. Expand your thinking and draw inspiration from what is around you. Don’t hesitate to call other parents for some ideas.
Most importantly, listen to what the older kids have to say. In addition to engaging activities, don’t forget to show creativity when it comes to the visual appeal of the event.
Now that you know of the two essentials required to make the first tooth party of your baby a success, let’s take a look at some ideas.
Your less-than-a-year-old baby doesn’t know how parties work. They might grow up into an extroverted social kid but as a baby, a large crowd might startle them. Many babies also have a fear of strangers. Keeping that in mind, keep the guest list small.
An intimate gathering that includes your close friends and family is your ideal crowd. Don’t forget to invite your baby’s favorite playmates and their family too. As an adult, you too will find yourself enjoying the event with your closest friends and family in attendance.
Infants can sleep up to 12-15 hours a day. It will be no fun having a first tooth party if the baby in question is asleep through most of it. To make sure that doesn’t happen, plan the party around your baby’s schedule. You could also encourage them to nap before the party.
The duration of the party shouldn’t exceed more than 2-hours as it can disrupt your child’s schedule and make them fussy and irritated.
Now that you know of all the essentials to planning a successful first tooth party, let's take a look at some theme ideas.
Theme and Party Ideas for the First Tooth Party
- Rainbow Themed party
Can’t think of a single color? No worries. Pick the rainbow theme and attract the babies’ attention with vivid hues. You can set up decorations in all the colors of the rainbow. If you want to bring out a cake for your baby’s first tooth party, that too can have layers made up of all seven colors of the rainbow.
We know exactly what you can play in the background during the party - “Somewhere Over the Rainbow!”
- Pool Splash
Babies that are 6-12 months old are the easiest crowd to please. You can set up a little pool with only 2-inches of water. Place cups and all sorts of squeaky toys in the pool and watch them enjoy splashing with their playmates for hours on end. Meanwhile, you can overlook lunch, take pictures and enjoy your baby’s first tooth party.
Picture or it didn’t happen! To mark your baby’s first tooth celebration, set up a photoshoot with tooth props around your baby. The cuter the photoshoot, the better. If you are low on budget, you can hire an amateur photographer or you can ask anyone in the family who’s good with taking pictures.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy, only special.
- Feed Them Their First Solid Food
How about make this special occasion even more special and feeding your baby their first solid? Enjoy their wonderful and unexpected reaction and capture the moment in a photo frame forever.
- A Time Capsule
One of the most wholesome things in life is to find a time capsule meant specifically for you, filled with advice and messages from loved ones from years ago. Give your baby this gift by creating a time capsule and asking everyone to write a message.
Make sure it says, “Do not read this until you’re 20” or whatever age you want your baby to read it at.
Wrapping Up & Checklist
The first tooth party might be unconventional but it is too fun and special an opportunity to let go. You can be the first one in your circle to ever do it. It’s a perfect chance to celebrate being new parents, to bring your closest ones together and to allow the baby to learn socializing early on.
With these fun ideas and proper planning, you can have a great time as a new parent and learn to celebrate all of the firsts of your baby in a special manner.