It's also no secret that I don't care for typical children's parties. They're an extensive amount of work for the parents hosting the party, they're not fun for parents bringing their children to said party, and if you're inviting child-less friends to come and celebrate too, forget it. They'll despise it (this is FACT: I was speaking with two non-kiddo friends who had to endure these types of parties recently and both wanted to poke their eyes out).
So how did we celebrate? We cooked for two days, bought several cases of beer and wine, got some fancy cupcakes and a few cutesy decorations from my friends at Minted.com. They have the BEST invitations and decorations for all sorts of celebrations - showers, birthdays, anniversaries and more!
|Half of the spread|
The morning of the party, I headed to a party supply store and got some balloons, just to be extra festive. I just beat the rush, and holyguacamole, what is with the excessive princess crap for children's birthdays?! The woman in front of me bought $70 worth of princess balloons. #Iwillneverbethatwoman
Ahem. Back to the awesome party we threw.
|Cupcake flags/banners from Minted!|
Henry had his first taste of refined sugar, and my health-nut-obessed-self can rest easy. He hated it. #dodgedthatbullet
|Not impressed with cupcakes, despite the blue icing and spinkles|
Everyone said it was the best one year old birthday party they had been to! Even a dear friend who's hosting his daughter's first birthday party at the end of the month said, "You win at one year old birthday parties." #fistbump
Here's the thing folks: Your kid is turning one. Do you remember your first birthday? Me neither. So plan your party for the adults who are coming. Especially consider the folks who have rambunctious three and four year olds - have some activities for them to expel their energy, and some alcohol for mom and dad. Have a few things for kiddos to do that are in easy view of where parents can gather and socialize.
Keep it simple. The fewer fussy, high maintenance things you provide, the more fun EVEY ONE will have!