1st Birthday Plans

1st Birthday Plans

Our daughter’s first birthday is fast approaching – it’s next weekend. I seem to be spending a lot of my time recently thinking; how is she nearly 1? Where has the last year gone? It seems like yesterday that we were in hospital with this little tiny bundle trying to breastfeed, and not being able to walk after having a c-section.

Now she is nearly 1. She is no longer a baby to me, more like a child. I struggle to remember how we spent the early days watching NetFlix, and I struggle to remember exactly what she looked like without looking at a photo.

Now everyday I see a little more of her personality shining through. She is developing at a rate of knots, and I’m sure that she will be walking soon. Today in nursery another child was crying next to her, and she turned to them, put her finger to her lips and shushed the child. My daughter has obviously paid a lot of attention to me telling her to be quiet.

To celebrate her birthday we are going to celebrate by spending the day at Wimpole Hall in Hertfordshire where there is a farm. It’s a National Trust property so hopefully it will have a nice cafe for me and Daddy, and lots of nice walks too. Fingers crossed the weather stays day.


On the Saturday we will be throwing a BBQ for the family at my parent’s house. My husband’s side of the family will be travelling down from Cheshire and it’ll be lovely for them to see my parent’s again as they haven’t seen each other since our wedding 3 years ago.

I’m already putting lists together of food and drink that we need to purchase, and putting together a little timing plan for the day. It’s all very exciting. My Mum has also ordered the cake from Waitrose, it looks lovely and I hope it tastes just as good.

Our party pack has arrived from Party Bags and SuppliesΒ this week too. The pack contains 8 x party bags, 8 cups, 8 plates, napkins and a table cloth. We choose the Owl theme, it’s pink but not too girly. I’ll be writing a review of our party pack in a couple of week’s time, so keep an eye out for that.


I’ve also been thinking about presents for my daughter. We would really love a swing to go in our garden and I’ve got my eye on the wooden swings by TP Toys. What’s great about this swing is that you can get a Quad Pod seat for it, perfect for a growing baby. To begin with our little one can sit in the pod seat, and then it converts to a normal swing seat for when she’s a bit older.

TP Toys Swing Set

I’ve also been looking at the Great Little Trading Company as I’ve seen a lot about this fantastic brand on other bloggers sites, their range is gorgeous and I would love a few pieces for my daughter. I particularly like the Bernie’s Number Bus and this Shape Sorting Cow which would be perfect for a 1 year old.



Our little one is already showing a love for music. She enjoys shaking rattles and shakers, and banging spoons and wooden utensils on saucepans. So a xylophone would be perfect, although she will probably still prefer the kitchen utensils and saucepan. This one at John Lewis by My First Years is lovely, and has a unique touch that it can be personalised with our daughter’s name.


Speaking of kitchen utensils, and pots and pans. I would love to get my daughter her own first kitchen. She enjoys watching me doing the cooking, washing up and unloading the dishwasher, and maybe her own kitchen would teach her some essential life skills. This one by Early Learning Centre is great as it’s not too large and should also encourage her to walk too.


There are so many fantastic presents that we can get our little one, and I’m sure that she will be spoilt by family on her big day.

I hope that we all have a brilliant first birthday for my daughter, creating lots of memories together. I’ll be sure to be taking lots of pictures.

Claire x

You can check out my 1st Birthday Present ideas over on my Pinterest board.

The Pramshed


  1. Laura: Adventures with J July 29, 2016 / 7:26 am

    So exciting celebrating little ones first birthdays, althought also slightly confusing about how that is already possible! I love the present list you have compiled. They all look fabulous for a 1st birthday gift. I don’t know how you will choose! I also love the Great Little Trading Company products. Have a fabulous celebration x #triballove
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    • The Pramshed July 29, 2016 / 10:09 pm

      Thanks lovely! I think we will get the kitchen walker from ELC, as it seems the most suitable for her. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  2. Ruth Jayne July 29, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Aww, birthdays are so exciting when they’re little. The swing set with the changable seats is such a good idea, and the kitchen walker. I’m really curious about the party pack too, and I’ll be looking out for your review on that one – it sounds lovely! I hope little one has a great day!!
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    • The Pramshed July 29, 2016 / 10:09 pm

      It’s such a good idea isn’t it, makes it so versatile and long lasting. Yes the party pack is fab, my nieces will enjoy the party bags. Thaanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

    • The Pramshed July 29, 2016 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks lovely I’m sure we will have a great day next Saturday x

  3. Nursery Whines July 30, 2016 / 8:21 am

    I always go for noise making toys for first birthdays. They love a bash at that age and my niece has rhythm too. Have a lovely party. #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks lovely, I hope we have a great day. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  4. Fern P - My Kiwi Family July 30, 2016 / 8:29 am

    First birthdays are so special! It sounds like you have an amazing celebration planned, and I definitely think you’ve picked out the perfect gifts. Hope it’s a wonderful day! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      THanks lovely, I hope it’s nice and relaxed, and we have lovely weather πŸ™‚ x

  5. anywaytostayathome July 30, 2016 / 8:32 am

    A family BBQ sounds like an ideal way to celebrate. The swing idea is fab, but as the owner of a toddler and a xylophone, no. Just no. #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Ha ha! I think I will find that it in a few years time. Our little one loves music, but I don’t think she’s put together bang drum – bang. Thanks for reading and commenting :)x

  6. Sarah - Mum & Mor July 30, 2016 / 8:37 am

    Those toys look fab, especially the wooden play kitchen. I love wooden toys generally and want to get some for A. #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I think it will be the wooden toy kitchen/walker that we get. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  7. powerporter July 30, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Oh how exciting the big 1! We got our little girl a kitchen for her first birthday and she absolutely loved it! It helped he to gain her confidence standing. Now she is 3 we have upgraded to a bigger kitchen as she still loves playing home. I hope your little girls big day is a fabulous one! It sounds like it will be #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      I think that I’m going to get the mini kitchen/walker from ELC and that’s perfect for her right now. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

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      Great sketches Cliff. I love your artwork since your back-up story in Detective and the Elseworld DC Special. And now my friend Mike was able to get me one of your convention commissions (I think the BC). That made my day.Great website by the way, glad I found my way to your site.Fons

  8. Kelly July 30, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Aaaw that little bus is so cute! I got the youngest a xylophone for her 1st birthday and 8 years down the line she still plays with it! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:37 pm

      The bus is so cute, I really want it. Such a stylish toy. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  9. lorraine elgar July 30, 2016 / 10:31 am

    I remember so well when my first turned one – she’s now 11 !!!! where did the time go ?!?
    Enjoy xxx

    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      I don’t know where the time has gone at all, thanks for reading and commenting :)x

    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      I love it too! Fingers crossed for nice weather, and a great day. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  10. Upside Mum July 30, 2016 / 11:15 am

    They grow up so fast. Lots of great ideas for the party and presents. Love the bus! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      They do don’t they, it’s scary! The bus is great, so stylish for a kids toy πŸ™‚ x

  11. Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl July 30, 2016 / 11:29 am

    I love wooden toys! They just last so much longer than plastic alternatives. Sounds like you have lovely plans, a bbq is a great idea.

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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      Yep I completely agree with you, we love them here too. So much more stylish πŸ™‚ x

  12. thefrenchiemummy July 30, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Such a wonderful time! 1 year old already? Wow time flies by. I hope you will have a lovely BBQ. The gifts you selected seem so lovely. I adore those little buses. Enjoy and let us know how it goes with pics x
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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks lovely, fingers crossed we have a lovely day weather wise. I hope we get a red wooden bus – so stylish for a toy πŸ™‚ x

  13. OddHogg July 30, 2016 / 11:40 am

    I love that she was shushing another child! A swing set sounds like a great present idea – something she will get a lot of use out of for years to come #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      I know it’s so sweet. I saw it pop up on her early years log, and I had a little giggle to myself at work πŸ™‚ x

  14. thetaleofmummyhood July 30, 2016 / 11:58 am

    Happy birthday to your little one! The time flies so quickly doesn’t it? My eldest is just over one and it amazes me just how much she has changed in so little time.

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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks lovely, it’s amazing how quick it’s gone. I can’t believe she’s 1 in 5 days πŸ™‚ x

  15. blabbermama July 30, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    The shape sorting cow looks seriously good- crazy how we get excited by the prospect of new toys haha. I might have to purchase! 1 year old. Such a lovely milestone. My little boy will be 1 in November, time flies by so quickly and they change so much! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      The toys are so good, I want them all! Time flies, treasure these last few months before he turns 1 πŸ™‚ x

  16. Mess and Merlot July 30, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Lovely ideas! First birthdays are great (mainly because they are too young to request a Disney princess party so you can live out your own party planning dreams!!) Hope the sun shines for the bbq and birthday girl enjoys her day πŸ™‚ x #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      THanks lovely for reading and commenting. The longer we can stay away from Disney the better πŸ˜‰ x

  17. From Day Dot July 30, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Happy birthday to your little one! I love the little kitchen set, my kitchen was my favourite toy when I was little, it’s such a classic! Hope the party goes well and you have a lovely time celebrating #fortheloveofBLOG x

    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Thanks lovely, I think that we will be getting the little kitchen, as it also acts as a walker too πŸ™‚ x

  18. alisonlonghurst July 30, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    It’s lovely reading this, especially as my biggest girl has just turned 17! I won’t blab on about how time flies but…it’s just so sweet hearing about your plans for your daughter. It sounds as if you’re going to have a really amazing day and I hope it goes well. Alison x #fortheloveofblog
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    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Ah I bet that time has gone so quickly? Thanks for your lovely words, I hope we have a fab day πŸ™‚ x

  19. Topsy Turvy Tribe July 30, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Our babies grow up so quickly and are a constant source is surprise! Hope you all have a fab 1st birthday celebration! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you lovely for your kind words. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  20. TeamMomLife (@TeamMomLife) July 30, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    The time really does seem to go by so incredibly fast! It sounds like you have a wonderful party planned. We also like to do family get together’s for my little bears birthday parties. I love the idea of getting a swing set. I’m sure she would love it! #ForTheLoveOfBlog

    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you, and time does really does fly! We need to get the swing set ordered. Thanks so much for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  21. Helen July 30, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    What an exciting time. So lovely that you’re making it a family gathering. Make sure you get lots of photos of you and her together, I wish I had more of me with mine. Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed July 30, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks Helen! And great advice on the pics, I have so many pics of my daughter with my husband, but not many of me and her. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  22. Jane Taylor Maflingo July 30, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Oh, time zooms by, Claire! I can’t believe mine are 9 and 13 now! I love the bit about your daughter shushing the other little one!! So funny. Hope you all have a lovely time at the birthday party. #fortheloveofblog

    • The Pramshed July 31, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Oh gosh I know that time is going to the fly, the past year has flown by. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  23. Jenn July 31, 2016 / 1:05 am

    My youngest isn’t even born yet and I am already planning his first birthday party. It is my favorite of all the parties we have thrown and my oldest is nearly 6. I hope the party turns out wonderful. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed July 31, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      Ah really, that is forward planning. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  24. The UnNatural Mother July 31, 2016 / 6:51 am

    My daughter is coming upto her 1st Birthday too and i feel like i have blinked and she’s 11 months.It’s so hard to pick presents for them when they are so little . Swings are a great idea but our garden is already over run with the 4 yrs olds 10ft trampoline. Hope she has a great day . #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed July 31, 2016 / 2:53 pm

      Yep it’s gone so quickly, enjoy the last couple of weeks whilst she is still 0. Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

    • The Pramshed July 31, 2016 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks lovely. Time really does fly. Hope you have a lovely birthday for your Son πŸ™‚ x

      • Hannah March 11, 2017 / 3:40 pm

        Thank you so much for sharing, Sofia! I’m right there with you, repeating it every day. Right now I’m trying to make my dream job come true, but that comes with putting in long hours every day and still feeling like I’m not getting everything done. Le2;78t1#&s both try our hardest to make the best of it! Hang in there xx.

    • The Pramshed August 1, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      I hope so, and fingers crossed the weather is good too πŸ™‚ x

  25. bridiebythesea July 31, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Oh I love your present ideas – we also bought Emma a red bus for her birthday and musical instruments. I love the quad seat swing too, I wish we had a garden so we could get one of these πŸ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful time celebrating – it’s going so fast for us too! Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG xx
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    • The Pramshed August 1, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks Emma! I really want one of those buses they are very cool, and very appropriate as we are in London. I hope we have a fab great, thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ x

  26. fancypaperblog July 31, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Santa brought a wooden music set with zylophone to Gigi on her first Xmas. Great gift. I think he might have shopped at Lidl for it in the week wooden toys were available. Happy birthday to your little one! Have a great celebration
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    • The Pramshed August 1, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you lovely! Hopefully we will get some sort of musical instrument πŸ™‚ x

  27. Geraldine August 2, 2016 / 7:53 am

    Oh happy birthday little one! It’s amazing how fast the time goes and how much you actually do forget in that short space of time. Love the birthday celebrations ideas and all the lovely gift ideas too #fortheloveofblog

  28. Phil Refuelled August 4, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    TP stuff is good. (Voice of long-ago experience.) [sigh]

  29. Siena Says August 5, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Aw time really does fly. I still can’t believe my eldest starts high school in a matter of weeks! Sounds like you’ve got some great plans for her birthday and I hope the sun shines for you this weekend. Some great gift ideas, hope you all have a lovely time xxx

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