Many times the first birthday party involves adults attending to wish your child well! Even though it is a gathering of your friends and family, it is always wonderful to include an activity that surrounds the special birthday girl or boy!
One activity that is fun and can also serve as a keepsake or heirloom collectible to capture the special day is to have your guests decorate unique patches that will be placed together to make a quilt.
To make it easy, have squares pre-cut that you can give to your guests at the party. Also, have available glue, sequins, glitter, beads, markers, stencils, etc. that the guests use to create their heartfelt wish for your child.
For those family and friends who are unable to attend your party, a great idea would be to send a fabric square and a few decorative supplies to these people, as well as a pre-stamped envelope that they can return their squares back to you. In this way, although they are unable to attend the party, your family and friends can still be a part of the lasting keepsake memory.
Other squares that you may want to make up are your child’s handprint and footprint, a birthday photo, and a copy of the invitation to the birthday party.
Assemble the squares together after the party, find coordinating fabric for the back of the quilt, and sew together, or find a quilt shop in the local area that can help you complete the project.
This keepsake can be something that you put away as an heirloom, or something that your child uses or is in his bedroom. As he gets older, it will definitely be a conversational piece!