They aren't going to expect much of anything at a 1 year old's party. If they know one another then let them mingle and shoot the breeze. If there are people who have never met, then introduce them around. Also, bring your daughter around to meet everyone and try to get photos of them holding her and such for her to have. If you are serving a meal, try to do it buffet style where it is informal. If you are not serving a meal (my favorite kind of party) then put out snack platters and bowls of finger treats (M&M's, nuts, candies, etc.). Have a variety of drinks on hand. When it is time to open the gifts everyone will be focused on your daughter enjoying playing with the wrapping paper and everyone will compliment on the gift given as you hold it up for all to see. Keep the cards with the gifts so you know who to send thank you cards to and what to thank them for.
Just have fun!
at 9:15 AM on Jun. 27, 2009