Around this time last year, I was up to my neck in rainbows.
My daughter was turning 1 on March 5 and her party would be 5 days later. The theme? Unicorns and rainbows. The guest list? EIGHTY PEOPLE.
The invitations, the venue, the decor, the catering, the cake, the favors, the music, the activities for the kids, the birthday girl’s handmade outfit, and rainbows and rainbows, and rainbows, and rainbows….
She was turning one, you guys. And I was planning this 2-hour birthday blowout like it was an episode of My Super Sweet 16. At least there are plenty of photos so she can look back on everything that she obviously won’t remember at all. Thank goodness for my family that helped me clean up after the party was over when all I wanted was to crawl into bed and sleep until her 2nd birthday.
It was more stressful than planning my wedding. So this year I decided that I’m not doing that again. One month and a day from today I will have a 2 year old (EEK) and here’s the list of things for her party that I’ve gotten accomplished:
- Book the venue.
- Design and print the invitations.
Basically, the fun stuff. And I’m not even stressed about it because much like my wedding – which happened at an all-inclusive resort on a tropical island – the place where we are having her party does everything for you from set up, to tear down, to providing all the decorations. Unlike my wedding, this venue is full of inflatable bouncy houses instead of sand, palm trees, and beautiful ocean views, but I think Betty prefers going crazy on a trampoline to working on her tan and it’s her party. I’m not hand-making her a tutu this year (a tutu would just hinder the bouncing anyway) or designing banners and personalized favors and coloring books for all the kids or driving myself crazy with all the minor details when the most important thing is for her to have fun on her big day. I think the most difficult decision I’m going to have to make in the next few weeks is whether or not we want to do Bubble Guppies themed cupcakes or a sheet cake. Because that’s the theme this year:
And I am SO okay with that.
Have you ever thrown a huge party for someone? If you have kids, what was their first birthday like? Have you ever had a party at a place that takes care of everything for you? Should I do cupcakes or a sheet cake?