First Birthday Party Planning
Liam will be 11 months old tomorrow and with his first birthday coming up we’ve been talking a lot about what his first birthday party would look like. I’ll be honest, I’ve been somewhat conflicted. For months now I’ve been pinning cute ideas for food and decorations. I consider myself an amateur DIYer and always have little projects I’m working on so this seemed like a great excuse to do some cute projects. Also, there are just so many creative ideas out there for kid’s birthday parties that it’s hard not to carried away.
Then a few days ago, I took a step back and started thinking that I’m a crazy person to be putting so much thought and energy into a first birthday party. Liam isn’t going to remember it, let alone appreciate the theme or attention to detail. And I highly doubt the other tot-sized or adult guests will care if everything is perfectly coordinated or not. Why waste the energy?
And as many bloggers have noted, first birthday parties are really about the parents and having survived the first year of parenthood. So maybe the party should be more geared toward our mostly adult guest list and less cutesy? I was starting to think that having a party at all was a silly idea.
But then I thought about a post Progressive Mom wrote awhile back about what she wants her kids to remember and my own childhood “memories.” I put that in quotations because I’m almost certain that events I think that I remember are actually just the stories I’ve been told time and time again while looking through old family pictures. Just because I don’t remember all of it vividly doesn’t mean it hasn’t contributed to my overall sense of myself, my childhood and my family. Those fuzzy polaroids of celebrations surrounded by friends and family coupled with a few tales of family folklore from each celebration are still important to me and I want to create the same “memories” for Liam.
So the party is on. And while I’m trying to pare down my to-do list of party projects, I’m sure I’ll try to do a few.
What are your feelings on first birthday parties?
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