How I Planned My Daughters 1st Birthday

1stbirthdaybannerI can’t believe my baby girl is almost 2 years old. It was just yesterday that I was getting all neurotic trying to plan out her 1st birthday party. Geez it really was probably the most stressful thing I had to do (besides give birth)…

So here’s my story just so you get an idea of my stress && chaos first hand::

To begin with lets just say I was “that mom”. I had a to throw this huge party for my first-born, especially because she’s my baby girl && it was so exciting for me to plan this party for the love of my life. Girls are so much fun to begin with and I never had an actual wedding so I thought planning this would be a piece of cake. Or so I thought, compared to a wedding of 150+ people. Ha! We had a guest list between 75-100 people && I’m telling you I probably started planning from when she was 6 months old.

I didn’t even know where to start. I brainstormed tons of ideas from locations, to themes that I thought my head was going to explode. A coworker had actually suggested getting the Cricut cutting machine (Click HERE to check it out) that would help me save tons of money because I would in fact be creating my own decorations, centerpieces && party favor tags. I thought ‘Hey why not, how hard could it be?’. Although it was a tad bit on the pricey side , she was right this thing was god sent but it does take a bit of time to get the hang of. I’m pretty computer savvy but crafty on the other hand… I never really tried anything like it before so I was going into it practically blind. All in all though, a few YouTube videos and thousands of questions to my coworker later, and I got the party planning going.

It was definitely time consuming and there were times where I considered purchasing the items because it was stressful raising a baby && trying to plan out this perfect little beauty’s party on top of making these things. I didn’t want to give in && give up though because it meant so much more to me actually personalizing things myself. I’ll tell you this though… I’ve never been to Michaels or ordered off of Amazon so much in my life for supplies.

The party wound up being a complete success, I SURVIVED but lord knows I had gotten some gray hairs throughout the whole process. I mean its not just the decorating… its the guests (who’s coming, who’s not coming, who wants to sit with who, who can’t sit with that one – drama drama drama), the venue (price/time), the cake, her outfit, how will I entertain everyone, do we have a sit down or a buffet style… it was just always something to think about. I also want to mention for the children that attended the party… I was leery on getting a clown or face painting because they’re ridiculously overpriced and I wasn’t sure if the kids would be scared so I had printed out a bunch of coloring pages, bought crayons, had these stickers sets (click here) && mini lego sets which wound up being perfect. Everyone was happy, including myself!

Here are some pictures of the items I created with the Cricut (the #1 poster && the canvas were made for me not by me):

To be honest, I am very happy that my father was able to make it to his 1st grandchilds first birthday, he really loved her with everything he had in him and being that he was basically a permanent resident in the nursing home/rehabilitation center. For him to be able to attend her party meant a lot. He was so in love with her and I’m so glad we were able to capture some memories of my baby girl with her grandfather. Take it from me, if you have grandparents still alive or your parents are still alive for your children… spend every possible second with them && have your children spend enough time with them. I know for myself, my grandmother was the best woman on earth, she kicked ass… never took sh*t from anyone && she was the BOSS but she had a heart of gold. She would’ve done anything for her grandkids && that’s exactly how my father felt about my daughter. There is no love like a grandparents love.

As I truly love and am obsessed with my twin boys, I cannot… && I repeat CANNOT go through the stress and aggravation of planning another huge birthday party for their first. I’d rather throw that $$ into their savings account and have a little get together at my place for my little men. As my daughter’s birthday is in November it was best to have it indoors but we shall see for the boys, they were born in August… so… warmer weather.

Here’s a little DOs && DONT’s list for you to consider when planning a first birthday party:

  • Give yourself enough time to plan – I gave myself about 6 months, no joke – time flies
  • Do a Cake Smash Session- I totally forgot to mention this but this was the absolute best part of my daughter turning one.. It wasn’t on the day of the party but it was soon much fun. I’m not too fond of posting pictures of my children all over the internet, if there are a few that’s too many in my eyes but I can guarantee you they came out adorable. My cousin came from Florida to do the photo session and I couldn’t have asked for a better photographer, she is amazing! Check her out: Christina Sico Photography
  • Pick a theme and pick it quick so you can start gathering everything you need – I went with Pink, White && Gold
  • Tons of pictures

DONT

  • Go crazy with the centerpieces, honestly you think people pay too much attention to them but seriously just have something decent that catches the eyes && you’ll be fine.
  • Don’t get a DJ – everything worked out fine with my iPhone hooked up on Pandora, unless you’re throwing a big extravaganza then do what you gotta do.
  • Don’t stress too much (easier said then done) but they only turn ONE once, enjoy the day && your precious baby. Mine is already turning TWO && I seriously cannot believe how fast the days went by.

Thanks for checking out my post. If you have any additional DOs or DONTs or pictures you’d like to share of your childs 1st birthday I’d love to see them. Ideas are welcome too!

-oxox

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