Sparkles Party Clown

WOW! A first birthday!

It's been quite a year of "firsts"... a Baby's first birthday is definitely something to celebrate! Often, 1 year old parties are filled with a variety of different aged children and parents desire activities to keep these different aged children entertained ... but ... Sometimes it is ALL about the one year old!

What should you expect from a 1 year old at their own birthday party? If your one year old is awake instead of napping, smiling at the entertainer AND you get some good photos, you have done fantastic!

First Birthday Ideas...Activities babies and 1 year old's enjoy:
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1) Parachute games: Adults and big kids help hold the edges of the parachute and everyone bounces a soft toy up and down on top.

  • Sometimes having the babies sit under the parachute as the adults lift the parachute up and down playing peek-a-boo is a big hit.
  • A great photo opportunity is to sit your 1 year old on top of the parachute while adults and big kids gently billow the parachute around the birthday child and wave or sing happy birthday. They either LOVE this or hate it...depends on the baby.

2) Freeze dancing with music and maracas so the babies have something to do. (If one year olds have something in both hands they are more focused and content. It seems easier for them to do the same motion with both arms at once!) Shake, shake, shake the maraca...and...stop!

  • sometimes blowing bubbles during this time is a fun moment for the babies, too.
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3) Sing-a-longs with hand puppets: Gather parents and little ones together to sing a few songs babies find familiar. Add some hand puppets and it is even more fun! (Examples: Pull out a spider puppet and everyone sings itsy bitsy spider ... Have all the kids put a hand out that want a tickle from a ladybug...pull out Elmo and sing twinkle, twinkle little star)
It usually works well to start out with face painting for the older children, until all the guests have arrived. This also gives the babies and shy kids a chance to warm up to their new environment.
Once all the guests have arrived, gather and do appropriate group activities. Start with things babies like, since they have a short attention span, then, cater the group things, to the older children present.

I usually make balloon animals be the last activity. (I notice that if I make balloons too early the kids are less likely to focus on anything else!)
What first birthday ideas will make fun memories for YOUR 1 year old?


Planning a 1 year old birthday party? Thinking of hiring entertainment for a 1st birthday? "Sparkles the Clown" is great entertainer for a first birthday party.

If you live near Los Angeles, CA (or in the San Fernando Valley)
Call 818-994-1441 (ask for Colette - Sparkles)


"Thank you, thank you for doing such an amazing job at Lauren's party. She had the best first b-day and all her friends did too. Thank you again for all that you did!" Alicia


Pretty Clown, Christmas Elf, 4th of July entertainer, Minnie Mouse
"Sparkles the Clown" has a few other costumes in her "Clown Closet".
She can dress as a mouse girl, cow girl or in "Regular Person" attire.
Sparkles - Colette is also an artist.
During the week she paints wall murals and creates art for the Tots O Fun Gift Shop
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Hope you got some good ideas for entertainment at a first birthday party!

and...if you live locally...Call Sparkles - Colette, to check her availabiltiy for
your 1 year old celebration.

Sparkles the Clown wears pretty makeup and a colorful, simple costume
so even the babies will be smiling.
Sparkles the Clown is a girl clown who is not scary.

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