There are very few one year olds that haven’t heard the crazy theme song on Nick Jr for Yo Gabba Gabba. Most parents of one year olds can even tell you who DJ Lance is. This is one of the teaching shows on Nick Jr where odd little creatures and DJ in funny clothes teach lessons about not being afraid, how to be friends and making sure you eat your vegetables. This makes Yo Gabba Gabba a wonderful first birthday party theme if you want to entertain your little one and other kids at the party.
It may seem odd to you to go through so much trouble for a birthday party that your child isn’t even going to remember. I thought so too… before I became a mother. Now I can tell you that it was one of the most stressful birthday parties I have thrown. You want to make a lasting impression not only on your one year old… but on all the people that come to celebrate with you and your little one as the get ready to enter toddlerhood.
When planning your Yo Gabba Gabba party you need to think about who you are inviting. This will be one of the few parties that your child can’t tell you who to invite and who not to invite. They don’t really have friends yet, so the guest list is basically going to be friends and family… and the little ones of those friends and family members. Don’t worry… you may be stressed over having other children at the party. Careful planning will help control any chaos that may take place.
Let’s talk about the planning. Chaos can happen with a lot of people in one place, regardless of their age. The first way to head off any issues is with food. For a first birthday party that is Yo Gabba Gabba themed, you want to include a vegetable tray loaded with finger food sized vegetables such as baby carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, maybe even fresh green beans and other veggies. Cheese trays, lunch meat, small sandwiches, mini pizzas, hot dogs, mini burgers and other similar foods are also good ideas.
Then there is the cake. You have a couple of options here, you can get a sheet cake decorated with Yo Gabba Gabba characters, you can get a cake in the shape of one of the characters or brightly frosted cupcakes that match the characters on the show. Bright green, pink, yellow, red or blue are all inviting colors to get your little one to stick his or her fingers into their first cake.
One thing you can’t forget if you are throwing a Yo Gabba Gabba themed first birthday party is music. You can play music and do funny little dances; a personal favorite of mine is “Hold still….Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle”. There are traditional games you can play as well such as Pass the Bubble.
If you want to get adults involved you can purchase a few disposable cameras and hand them out to guests and have them take pictures during the party. Guests will get some shots that you won’t be able to get. This will give you and your little one something to look back at and enjoy.