Who knew that planning a first birthday party would give me flashbacks to planning my wedding? At least with that, I had over a year to plan! I have 3.5 weeks left to get this party together…and there is still so much to do!
First of all, you know those girls that say “Oh, I wish Etsy and Pinterest had been around when I was planning my wedding! There are so many great ideas there!” I am not one of those girls. I love both of those sites, but OMG they are so overwhelming. Last night, I was searching for a first birthday shirt with a monkey on it for my son to wear. The search came back with 23890283102 results, so I sat there on my iPad looking at EACH AND EVERY ONE. And of course, the one I finally decided to splurge on ($30 for a shirt he’ll wear once?!), the seller can’t have it ready for me in time for his party. Blerg!
Secondly, the guest list. Why do I feel obligated to invite so many people?! This party will be at my house. There is not a lot of room. But so-and-so invited me to her daughter’s birthday party, and these 10 people came to my baby shower. Then, five other people asked me what the kid wants for his birthday. You obviously care about my son enough to buy him a gift, so now I HAVE to invite you! This is the point my husband will step in and say, “No. X number of people. That’s plenty.” And I will cry as I try to figure out who to cut, and pray they don’t ask me why they weren’t invited… (I knew I should have stuck with my “family and godparents only” policy!)
Then, there’s the decorations, food, party favors…*headdesk*
(Serves me right for laughing at my friends who started planning their kids first birthdays six months in advance!)