It’s amazing to celebrate all of your child’s milestones. If you are about to have a one year old, I know you will love our favorite first birthday tradition. This tradition doesn’t just bring meaning to one day, but it is a way to celebrate their growth every year of their lives.
Your child is turning one. Congratulations! You made it. You kept them alive for an entire year. At least that’s how I felt at the end of the year. Sometimes I used to apologize to my husband about the house, and he would say, “Hey, as long as you are both alive by the end of the day, I’m good.” Praise the Lord for that attitude, because some days staying alive was our only accomplishment.
Hey – Since you are here, if you are looking for a fun party ideas for your one year old, you might love this lavender, lemon and lace party or what about taking cues from my butterfly party? Want to do a boy theme? You might love our Super Hero Party.
Favorite First Birthday Tradition
What is our favorite first birthday tradition? We have a family tradition of planting a tree on our child’s first birthday. Every year we take a picture of our child with their tree. We have tried to match up the bloom with their birthday.
Corban is a different story because he was born in the winter when a freeze had already set in. So, we had to postpone his tree planting until he was 18 months old. We chose an apple tree for him. His middle name is John, so we thought of Johnny Appleseed. We also bought him a Honey Crisp variety because he is as sweet as anything.
Kenzie has a magnolia tree. We made the mistake of taking the picture at her birthday party this year rather than her actual birthday. The tree bloomed a couple days before her actual birthday and had that beautiful flower.
Tree planting has been a fabulous tradition for us, and I know it’s going to be so fun for the kids to have pictures of them with their trees every year. I came up with the idea when my husband took me to his childhood house. He was talking about how small the trees used to be. It just clicked, and it’s been so fun to watch the tree and the child grow together. I can just imagine what it will feel like when they turn 18.
If you are concerned you might end up moving, don’t worry. Trees can most always be uprooted and safely moved.
Abigail has a weeping cherry tree, and the beautiful flower matches her perfectly.
Birthday Party Note Printable for First Birthday
If you are celebrating a first birthday, you definitely want to take advantage of this free printable I created for a meaningful first birthday note that celebrates your child.
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Radio Flyer Retro Rocket Ride On – Our kids spent so much time on their ride-on toys. This retro rocket is classic! The seat even becomes a storage compartment. At under $35, it is a must buy for kids.
First 100 Words Board Book – This was one of our favorite books. We begin with having the kids point to the words you say. It’s a huge milestone when they start using the words themselves.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Puzzle Set – We love puzzles around here, and Melissa & Doug offers a fabulous beginning set that we loved. You can work on shapes, colors and animals with this one!
Wooden Penguin Stacking Toy – My kids loved stacking toys. It’s a great way to work on hand-eye coordination.
Water Table – I can’t tell you how many hours were spent at the water table. It provides the tactile environment kids crave while cooling them off in a safe environment.
Strider Balance Bike – I know kids won’t be ready for this until 18 months, but I needed to give it an honorable mention. We had one of these for my son, and you should have seen him cruise along on the thing. When he transitioned to a peddle bike, we didn’t need to teach him a thing. No more bending over to run behind a nervous kid. He jump on and peddled away like a rock star!
This post was originally written in 2012, but it has been updated and re-published in March of 2016.
I think this is hands down one of the coolest first birthday ideas I have ever seen!
OH – Thank you so much. I am sooo glad we did this. I am glad you see the value in it too. It’s definitely a favorite tradition of ours.
This is such a precious idea!! I LOVE it!! It’s so cute that your children are able to claim their own trees and hopefully be able to share them with their children:) Wonderful idea!
Thank you so much. It’s been a pretty special tradition for our family.
Oh.. just shared it on my FB page and Google+. 🙂
Thank you so much for exposing your readers to this. I love that you love it enough to share it. Thank you for that.
Oh I love this idea! Very sweet! Although my little ones are 3 and 6 now…Maybe I can have them plant a tree at 5 and 10?
I don’t think it’s ever too late, and I’d love to know if you did this idea.
What a great idea! I love this! My son will be 1 in less than 2 months 🙂
I don’t know if we have room for a tree, but maybe we can come up with something similar…
I’d love to see what you end up doing.
this is darling….i would love to have you share this post over here at Fishtail Cottage’s garden party this next thursday? xoox, tracie
I’m so sorry. I didn’t get over there in time. I’ve been so busy this week. Thanks so much for stopping by.
I think it’s a wonderful idea!
Planting a tree simbolizes a lot
Believe it or not – in my family there is a similar tradition, but it’s beeing done once the child is born
Beautiful family you have 🙂
That’s so cool that you have a similar tradition. It does symbolize a lot. I appreciate your sweet words.
What a terrific idea! Love everything about it…your family photos are just so sweet too!
Thank you so much. This really is one of my favorite traditions. It means a lot to us.
that’s the coolest tradition!!! wodnerful that each kiddo get a tree that was thoughtfully chosen for them. thanks so much for sharing it at tip-toe thru tuesday!
Thank you so much. It really does seem like their trees fit their personalities.
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What a sweet idea!
Thank you so much.
I absolutely LOVE this idea!!!
Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
Thank you! It’s a fun tradition.