A Party Planner Shares the Secret to Throwing the Perfect First Birthday Bash

When your baby's first birthday is on the horizon, it's normal to feel an equal amount of excitement and pragmatism about the occasion. It's the first one, so you feel like it should be an all-out party. But you also can't help but feel like it's probably best to save it all for when your baby can actually remember everything. We get it, and that's why we asked Stefanie Makol, the founder and owner of online party supply store Witty Bash, for her two cents.

"Taking the time to plan a meaningful celebration for your child's first birthday is so special," she says. "They will most likely not remember it, but that's fine because you and your close friends and family will. Having good pictures to look at once your child is old enough to appreciate them will be a fun moment also!"

When Makol launched Witty Bash in 2016, she wanted to curate an inclusive shop of high-quality items that would allow her customers to entertain with ease. The modern assortment—which includes everything from large decorations and favors to baking accessories and tableware—covers most occasions, but since Makol recently helped Kelli Murray of Rylee & Cru to celebrate her baby's first birthday, she knows that it can be a particularly tough event to plan. The first thing to do, she says, is to just go for it. It's only going to happen once, after all. Her second recommendation is to create a theme.

Lastly, Makol notes that it's best to have a plan. "Think through the details and remember, less is more," she continues. "Also, don't forget to have fun. Something will always happen unexpectedly, and you have to laugh it off. Whether it be that a perfect balloon pops or your beverage dispenser leaks, you can improvise and guests will never know."

We asked Makol to describe her decorating tips and organizational plans to make a first birthday party match your excitement because you should lead with that emotion over all the others.