I’m just going to put this out there…
I think elaborate first birthday parties are a bit ridiculous.
Yeah. I said it. Go ahead and hate on me, mommas.
Here we are, one month until our sweet little D’s very first birthday, and really all I can think about is myself (okay, and maybe my husband). Call me selfish, but I think October 30th should perhaps be more of a celebration of our survival as first-time parents.
A “Yay! We haven’t died of sleep deprivation!” party.
Or a “Hurray! I lost all my baby weight because I was too busy to eat!” party.
Or maybe a “Hallelujah! We don’t have to buy formula anymore, so let’s get a keg!” party.
Those sound like much more fun.
However, I’m not completely heartless. I am the mother of an almost one year old – I do have a small amount of crazy harboring in my brain (and on my Pinterest account). Dorothy will have a proper birthday of wearing a tutu and shredding gift wrap. I have already purchased her an overly expensive birthday present that she will more than likely never play with. She will smash the living daylights out of a cake, and she will have the token photo of herself with frosting in her hair.
She’s going to have a blast. And I’m going to give her the outrageous birthday party that she’ll never remember… at least for a few hours.
Let me introduce you to my inspiration board for a very un-1st birthday party.
Not very toddler-esque, right? And that’s the way I like it. Because once Dot inevitably suffers a sugar crash around 7:30 p.m., I really am having my own celebration – complete with a backyard fire and adult beverages. Maybe even some hot tub action.
You thought I was kidding, didn’t you?
But about my inspiration…
As a member of the Christmas Baby Club, I sympathize with my daughter’s day-before-Halloween birth date. For the rest of her life she’ll probably celebrate her birthday with costume parties, pumpkin patches and haunted houses – and not necessarily by choice. Instead of picking an obvious fall “theme” for her/my day, I’ve decided to run with a color scheme of purple and gold (radiant orchid, to be most specific). Of course I’ll throw in a few pumpkins and maybe some caramel apple sangria for the mommies, because duh, but otherwise we’re looking at a party that could be held in any season… and for any age.
So, tell me – did you go overboard on your child’s first birthday party? What tips would you give a first timer? Anyone else have a survival party after the cake smash, or is that just me? I’d love to see your comments!
And, just because I was adorable, here’s my only memory of my first birthday. This image, and a really tan Minnie Mouse.