Even though none of us remembers our first birthdays, it’s always the most special for parents. Here’s how you can commemorate your kid’s anniversary in ways that he or she will cherish later in life. Design a stats board Whether you prefer graphic or chalkboard art, turning stats you’d commonly jot down in a baby book into a design element is a great way to share and preserve your toddler’s particulars: height, weight, favourites, vocabulary. Create a time capsule When sending out invites, ask guests to bring a commemorative item that represents the current year. It could be a CD of Top 40 songs, a newspaper clipping, a fashion magazine tear—even a loonie. Use your imagination. Even though these contributions don’t seem all that interesting today, chances are the guest of honour will find them amusing later in life. Put the capsule aside until his or her 18th birthday for a window into the past. Compile a year in pictures Many parents photograph their babies at monthly intervals to document their growth over the first year. Turn your 12 photos into a banner so that guests can see at-a-glance development. It also makes a fun keepsake. Find a theme Your party theme can help shape your decor, activities and menu. Hosting a tea party? Serve scones and sandwiches. How about nautical-themed festivities that feature cream cheese and lox? Other popular themes include enchanted forest, winter wonderland, carnival or Disney motifs.