The best place to celebrate a baby's first birthday is a known location where he feels comfortable. The infant may feel overwhelmed or frightened in loud, unfamiliar entertainment facilities. If home is unsuitable, some restaurants, community centres and churches have party rooms which may be appropriate.
A baby's first birthday is for the family and friends to celebrate, since the baby is too young to appreciate the larger environment or the meaning of the party. Home is the first choice for baby's first party, says babycentre.com, because there's no need to worry about further baby-proofing or unfamiliar sounds, sights and smells which may frighten the birthday baby.
If older children and siblings are involved and desire activities for the party, babycenter.com recommends choosing an outdoor setting for the celebration, such as a park or zoo. Other choices are restaurants or museums with kids' themes, or local pools with party rooms. The baby's happiness and comfort are the priority, and at this young age, babies need little more than food and closeness with their caregivers. Babycentre.com recommends keeping the plan simple to avoid overwhelming the baby; an over-stimulated, stressed baby will not enjoy his special day. Simplicity in food and themes reduces stress for the party-planners, too.