Good Lord. Planning a birthday party for a one year old is hard work! Holy. Usually I just send out a massive text message, ask people to bring their own alcohol, let them know there will be some snacks, answer when people ask if they can bring anything and that’s it. No decorations. No invitations. No answering questions about clothing sizes and what toys to get/not to get. No worrying about planning the ‘perfect’ party. I just tell people when and where and they show up! But obviously, when it’s for your child’s [first] birthday you want everything to be as close to perfect as possible. I know he won’t remember this one and I know it’s silly to spend so much money for a baby but I want him to be able to look back at pictures one day and see how much effort his mommy and daddy put into making his very first birthday a special one.
To be honest, I probably started planning Nate’s first birthday when he was only three months old. Thanks Pinterest! Mostly, I was gathering various ideas of what I thought would be a cute first birthday theme. Then when he was around six months and I had finally picked what I wanted, I started ordering things for it. I wanted to make sure I spaced out how much I was spending over that way it wasn’t a huge bill come September/October. I’ve been trying to save where I can by doing my own birthday banners and decorations but some things I have had to buy. Like his birthday crown and shirt but I think I have been doing a pretty good job with my DIY stuff!
Seriously though, I never thought planning a party could stress me out so much. It might not even be the party itself. It’s very possible that I’m just having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that my boy is turning one in 9 days. Yes, we are now down to single digits people! Couple that with the fact that I’m back working two jobs and that is most likely why I feel like I’m stressing over every single small detail.
I know in the end it will be fine and I know regardless of who shows up or doesn’t, or what toys he gets and hates (because it will happen haha), or if he wants absolutely nothing to do with his birthday cake I baked him, it will be special. I just cannot believe my little Nate is turning one so soon!
I can’t wait to post pictures of his special day(s)!