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Birthday ideas: My SO and I are planning on a Zoom virtual birthday party for our 1 year old next month. We are thinking of sending out an Evite this week but have 0 ideas for the party. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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1 yr olds don’t remember birthday parties, much less over zoom. Do something deeply personal with just your fam, make it a tradition for their birthday throughout their childhood. Travel to some place, a nice photo shoot. Whatever works best!

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Thank you, this was mostly for friends and fam since most of them have never met or seen her

As a friend of parents with 1yos, please, please don’t make people come to this (grandparents and doting fam members excepted)

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I wouldn't. Good zoom parties require for logistics than a 5 course dinner for 8. If it's just a friend's/family call, go for it.

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Call up both sets of grandparents and have them sing and watch the cake eating. Nothing else will be worth the trouble for anyone involved.

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We did separate FaceTime calls with our respective immediate families and had a little photo shoot at home with a cake smash (husband is a hobbyist photographer)

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Same

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I will add, I have a friend who did a Facebook live of them singing happy birthday / giving their baby cake. So it became something their family and friends could watch if they wanted.

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Thanks, great idea.

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Take em to a family photo shoot. They and you will remember it when they grow up.

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We did a Zoom baby shower and it was insane. People not connecting correctly for the first 30 min, talking over each other, laughing, chatting amongst themselves without mute, 5 to a camera so I can't see folks. Insane. Multiple groups across 5 global time zones. 45 min took 2 hours. Plan accordingly. I'd recommend keeping it simple by dressing up baby, chatting on camera, have a few simple games on ppt and then cut cake. Hook up your laptop camera / tripod + phone to show you. But hookup some monitors so you can see everyone at once. Basically take up the whole desk / dining table with the setup. Get a cute poster hanging wall backdrop on Amazon and try to have everyone dress in coordinated colors.

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Your baby shower experience hits close to home. This is my fear as well. Thankfully we never sent evites and are now reconsidering our decision.

Don't bother they won't remember.

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Two things I did for my 1 YOs that I would do again, and now they are older, they like the memory. 1. Went thru the “best of” pics from the first year, printed them, and hung them on the wall in the shape of a number 1. Was a cute little decoration, certainly more than a 1 yo needs, and after I took them down I put them in a simple little book for them. 2. Simple little birthday cake that was their favorite, not something that looked cute for pics. For my one kid it was a lemon cake with powdered sugar. For the other, it was a stack of pancakes with whipped cream on top. They were happy as can be and I didn’t spend $50 on a fancy cake that just went in the trash after being wrecked. Let their family watch the candle blowout on zoom or fb live, maybe send them a little video of those pictures you collected, and call it done. Just remember, you know your kiddo— if they seem to like seeing faces on the screen, let them enjoy that. But if they are more interested in toys or cake, or their feet😆, don’t push the video call. Wouldn’t hurt to remind family that this is all TBD pending your kid’s mood.

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I love it, thank you ...great ideas! Will pass on to the SO

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