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First Birthday Party Planning

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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  1. MediaMom July 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I’d say you can’t go wrong with a 1st birthday. If you’re not into it, your baby sure won’t know the difference, and if you want to celebrate, why should anyone stop you? My only advice is not to plan anything that requires a non-refundable deposit. We had to cancel my daughter’s first birthday party twice because she got sick both times. At least we had just planned a family gathering at our own home.

  2. lisa July 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I don’t think people need to go all out, but I think it’s nice to celebrate. I just sent out the invites for my son’s 1st birthday and we’re just doing something at home. Of course, I am going crazy with decorations, but it’s all homemade stuff 🙂

  3. Amanda July 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I love planning my kids birthday parties, we always have a theme and I make the cake and any other food we have. We also try to find decorations or activities for the kids that we can make. We made a train out of cardboard boxes for our son’s 2nd birthday and a cool car track for my other son’s 2nd birthday our of carboard boxes and black tape. They were great and great ways to reuse stuff we recycle. I always make the favors for the kids, homemade playdough, coloring pages, and i spy jars are all great ideas and easy to do! Good luck and have fun with it!!

    • Nestor Tijerina January 25, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Wow That’s Cool thanks ^^

    • Alina Shidemantle September 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      I love planning events, but i’m no good at planning birthday party because I don’t like having one for myself, but my little sister, she always asks for big cake, but it’s just a small party, I have planned to throw a big party on her 6th birthday, your post actually gives me some ideas. Thanks.


  4. Partyplanner July 17, 2012 at 7:29 am


    i am Andy and iam very very happy toYour First Birthday I love birthday parties planning my kids , we always the cake and any other food we have. I always make the favors for the kids, i can great ideas of party in Good luck and have fun with it!!


    • Keisha Peatross September 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

      I will celebrate my sister’s birthday very soon. Thanks for this great post, it will help me for sure

  5. Julya September 26, 2013 at 8:24 am

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