Besides the fact that I’m still trying to comprehend that my son, my first born baby, will be one year old in March, I’ve also realized that this means I have to- I get to- throw a birthday party.
I still look at my baby like he is four months old. People are calling ages 1+ a toddler. A TODDLER? I do not have a toddler. No way. I am still working on his scrapbook from two months. From when he stood up for the first time, from his first stroller ride, his first bite of avocado. I do not have a toddler. And if I do, than I should be pregnant again. According to my records, I’m not pregnant and I shouldn’t be until late this summer. (Which means by writing this I’ll probably be pregnant next month- ha!)
Let’s just be honest. 1st birthday parties are mostly for the parents. Children really aren’t going to remember this day anyways, right? Of course memories are made and moments are celebrated, but the kids have no clue what’s happening.
… Now I’ve got myself thinking that he hasn’t been in the same chair every month for his monthly picture so this is totally going to screw things up. So much for that idea. I don’t even know if I can remember each picture from each month.…
Honestly, I will probably buy plastic plates at the dollar store. Or target if I can find some cute ones. I found some cute ones today that we $1.50 for 8 plates He will thank me later when the extra money went towards his college fund instead of $4 plates.
Really though, it’s not about the money.
I was upstairs thinking about all of this and looking at birthday invitations online, which by the way- $1.50 for a card? Plus postage? No thank you very much. (Not about the money…really) Anyways, I was looking online and researching for ideas and trying to figure out what theme I wanted to do (although we don’t do themes if you haven’t noticed. Until he tells me he wants Batman or Ninga Turtles or whatever boys are into these days) and my husband comes up and ask me what I’m doing.
I need to start planning his party. I don’t know what to do. Look how expensive these are. But they’re so cute. What decorations should we get? Do you want to have it at 2pm? Should we get him his own cake? Do we want him eating cake? I think I will make him a cake. What colors do you want to go with? Should we do pizza or just dessert? Who should we invite? I think I want to wear a dress at it. That will be cute don’t you think? I think I need to send out the invitations in a couple weeks. What do you want to get him? Let’s just get him one cool toy. Do you want to do balloons? Yes lets do balloons. We should go to the toy store this weekend. We don’t need to streamers. Which invitation is cuter- this one or that one? Do you like this one with his picture there? Should we do football or ….
Sometimes I talk without taking a breath.
And my husband, being the man that I married and adored, looked at me and said something that I think we all need to remember.
He knows how much he is loved. When he sees us together and when we’re all hanging out, he knows how much he is loved.
That’s why I married him. So he can tell me to stop freaking out about things so unimportant, in the grand schemes of things, such as invitations and colored balloons.
But they are important.
Once I come to grips and convince myself that yes, my son (I have a child!?) is turning one, I will most likely go all out. Because I’m a mom and there’s probably something in me that can’t be stopped. I’ll probably do a theme, I’ll probably decorate and buy matching accessories and I might even spend $2 on an invitation because after all, this is his first birthday party!
My baby is turning one!
Questions for you:
1. Did you spend a lot of money for your child’s 1st birthday party?
2. Where did you get his or her decorations and invitations?
3. What did you get your child for their first birthday?