Your child's first birthday is a memory you'll never forget. Keep a little piece of it by designing a keepsake that lasts through the years.
These ideas are easy to accomplish and can be adapted to suit your time constraints and artistic skills. The point is to create something you can look back on to reclaim the feelings from your child's first birthday. They're little memory devices you can use to kick off your favorite birthday stories.
These birthday keepsake projects are ideal for your child's first birthday.
- Make a birthday card memory. Set up a crafting table at the birthday party. Ask each guest to decorate a card for your baby's future birthdays. Every year, she can open a card that was made at her first party. Save the cards in a photo box, file, or scrapbook.
- Create a tablecloth keepsake. Ask guests to use fabric markers to write birthday wishes to your child on his or her first birthday. If you'd like, start with a small round or square cloth for birthday wishes. Each year, add a strip of cloth around the perimeter to make room for that year's wishes. Label each strip with the year.
- Design a birthday collage. Gather memorabilia to create a memory collage of your child's year. Mark milestones, such as first steps or a first haircut, with images or icons and dates. Use programs and tickets from events, pictures from magazines or catalogs, appointment cards, photographs, stickers, and other knickknacks to depict your child's year in images. Embellish with markers, glitter pens, charms, and small accessories. Frame it and display it during the birthday party. Afterward, hang the collage in a place of honor.
- Write a birthday book. Celebrate your child's first year with a book of stories and pictures. Keep it simple with a basic photo essay, or go all out with stories, photos, and mementos gathered in a fancy cover. Many online photo sites offer a service like this if you want a professional look.
- Start a birthday box. Create a time capsule that grows each year. Decorate a plain box with a lid with your child's name and birth date. Make the box big enough to hold lots of treasures, or start with a small box for your child's first birthday and make a new box each year. Embellish the box with birthday wishes in bright colors. For your child's first birthday, place a current photo and a special item to commemorate the year in the birthday box. It could be a small toy, a letter, a video, a lock of hair, or whatever item captures the year's story.