Fill balloons (white or colored) with glow sticks for an awesome party decoration, or just as a fun past time for the kids. After your balloons are half filled with air, carefully insert a glow stick or two, and then finish blowing them up and tying them off. These would be cool hung upside down from the ceiling!
Heloise says, "action is the name of the game at a birthday party" and "give everybody something to do," so it's important to have activities for all guests. Hint Mama offers her list of seven ideas for affordable and easy (i.e. not much crafty-work required) first birthday party activities.
I have a glass drink dispenser already so would like to set up something like this or at least a separate shelf that is accessible to people even outside the kitchen. Tea trolley...great for a drink station