Baby Doll’s birthday was a blast. My parents drove 6 hours to come see her, and lots of family showed up for the party.
When I started planning for her birthday party, I went way over the top – too much crap that would just overwhelm everyone including me! So I went simple, with a “Lemonade and Sunshine” type theme:
It was cute, and perfectly spring-y, except that it rained most of the day. I’m glad that I decided ahead of time to haver her party indoors “just in case” of the weather. I made cupcakes instead of a regular cake, 1) because people are retarded and always complain: “Oh, don’t give me a slice THAT big”, even though they really want a huge slice (that’s a huge pet peeve, if you didn’t notice), and 2) because it was fun, dammit. I had so much fun making the cupcakes, and was so excited for the big day that I made them the day before. In addition to cupcakes, we had a plethora of crap food, like potato chips, hotdogs, and lemonade.
Baby Doll’s favorite present was the one from her Uncle J – his presents are always her favorite! For Christmas he got her a play cellphone and a Mr. Potato Head, both of which are favorites still. For her birthday, she got an octopus thing that goes into the bathroom. Thankfully, it’s helped combat the “I-don’t-want-to-sit-in-the-bathtub” phase we’re in.
She’s also at the age now to where she recognizes things she sees in books, or cards, in this example:
She recognized the kitty on the front and was meowing at it (when we see a cat, we say: “kitty says ‘meow’!”).
Oh, on another note: is that not the cutest damn dress you’ve ever seen? I made it myself
All in all, it was a pleasant day. It was a perfectly appropriate birthday party for the little one – not too many people, not too much stuff going on. If your baby’s first birthday is coming up, I would strongly suggest keeping it as simple as possible, for multiple reasons:
- Your baby isn’t going to remember this one;
- Your baby doesn’t know it’s his/her birthday;
- Your wallet shouldn’t suffer for something that only the guests will remember – keep in mind that the day is about your little one! Too much in a small amount of time will just overwhelm your baby instead of making him/her happy.
How did you celebrate your baby’s first birthday? I’d love to see pictures!