Aidan is quickly coming up to his first birthday and as scary as that is, it’s even scarier that nothing has been organised. Some of the mothers on my online forum have been planning for months. There are so many different ways we could celebrate our awesome little dude, Jungle Theme, Polka Dot Theme, Monster Theme, but I seem to be leaning more towards the theme “Less is More”.
My first thought was that we’d have to have this huge party, almost as big as our wedding and I just wasn’t up for that sort of challenge again. Hiring a hall, catering, entertainment… ugh. Sure I loved planning and all the DIY jobs, it was a big part of the wedding for me but it was so full on and right now I just don’t have the enthusiasm to pull it off, especially when he wont remember a thing. Then I completely changed direction and decided that we shouldn’t have a party, we should just stay home, eat cake and sing songs. We could make a tent in the middle of the lounge room with a sheet (like the one below) and have a magical time. Then I realised it wasn’t enough for the other people who love him and want to share in his special day.
So now I’m somewhere in between. The 25th of August is such a funny time of year, it’s still Winter and cold yet it’s on the cusp of Spring and there can be the odd days of beautiful sunshine. So the plan is to have a small intimate party at home. Steve’s family is flying in for the weekend, my sister too. My parents and grandparents will also be coming and that’s it. There will be 10 adults and of course, Aidan. Our house is quite small so we won’t even have room for friends. My mother’s group is having one big party to celebrate all the birthdays at once which I’m really looking forward too so that will be Aidan’s “kid” party.
I don’t remember my birthday ever being a production. I’m sure a lot of thought, effort and work when into them but they were never over the top or lavish. I would always wake up to streamers and balloons decorating the lounge room which was always special, especially if I had to go to school. I’d usually have a friend or two sleep over and a chocolate cake with candles to blow out. I liked my birthdays. I felt special and loved. I’m trying to keep that in mind when I see examples of extravagant children’s birthday parties and think how easily I could replicate them… I have to remember it’s not nessessary, he’ll be one, he wont remember.
This is what I’m thinking… a cake (that deserves a whole separate post), a few helium balloons, streamers, fresh flowers, photo wall, wholesome food (so I don’t have to serve dinner too), some of Aidan’s favourite songs (we listen to a LOT of music) and opening presents. That’s it… no clowns, no petting zoo, no jumping castle, no face painting, no goodie bags, no candy bar. Just a simple gathering with good food and tasteful decorations.
What did you do for your child’s first birthday?