Baby’s 1st Birthday: Party Timeline

Celebrate your baby’s huge milestone birthday with this stress-free checklist! While it might seem a bit overwhelming, breathe easy! Meijer Photo is here to help you plan a fun and memorable day for your little one.

2 Months Before

  • Pick a location
  • Lockdown a date and time
  • Create a guest list and send out the invitations
  • Choose a theme or color for the party
  • Reserve any necessary rentals (tables, chairs, bouncy house, etc.)
  • Book the entertainment
    Turning One Girl

Joyous Milestone Boy

First Polka BirthdayBabys Boxes Boy









1 Month Before

  • Order custom favors such as a photo button
  • Order decorations such as a custom poster to welcome guest and display at the party
  • Create a food menu
  • Find a party outfit for the guest of honor
  • Organize activities and games

Baby Pin

Baby Pin

Baby Pin






2 Weeks Before

  • Order birthday cake and smash cake
  • Buy prizes for games
  • Create your own photo booth

1 Week Before

  • Print of any necessary activities and games
  • Follow up with the entertainment
  • Get the final guest countFirst Birthday CollageTip: Using our new clip art, create a custom numeric collage in 8×10 or 11×14!2 Day Before
    • Purchase food/groceries
    • Create a photo banner with prints of the little one
    • Prepare your baby’s highchair to match the theme of the party (it’s their own personal throne!)

    Day of

    • Enlist help from friends and family members to help with decoration and food preparation
    • Pick up balloons
    • Decorate
    • Pick up cake
    • Set up a snack table with kid-friendly treats
    • Chill drinks

    Don’t forget to take tons and tons of pictures that you can easily make prints or an awesome photo book keepsake!




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