Why I’m planning a smaller first birthday party this year

With my first daughter’s first birthday, I became a bit obsessed with the whole planning part. Maybe “obsessed” is not even the word for what I became in the month leading up to her party. I think I was neurotic and addicted to the idea that I had to plan this fabulous birthday party in order to commemorate the immensity of her turning one.

One of the "creations" I made for my first daughter's "Very Hungry Caterpillar" themed party

I lived in Hobby Lobby, knowing all of the cashiers on a first-name basis, because I wanted to implement all these cool DIY projects that I saw online. I also planned to bake her cake, which at least a week before the party, was going to be a tiered, fondue, zoo montage. Did I mention that I don’t really bake? I mean I do bake, but often don’t on a regular basis because I like to eat baked goods more than anyone else in my house.

In the end, or two days before her party, however, after surviving from birthday planning burn out, I ditched all my ideas and decided to do a more classic and simpler “Very Hungry Caterpillar” theme.

This year, with my second daughter’s first birthday party, I want to keep things simple. I haven’t been looking at Pinterest or other mom’s blogs because I don’t want to get sucked into the idea that I have to over-plan a party that my daughter won’t even know she’s attending.

So, as part of my simple theme, here are my ideas.

-Cake: Vanilla cake (homemade, because I have the time)

-Setting: Home

-Invitees: Only close family

-Gifts: No gifts, unless some one feels so inclined. We have enough toys around here, so I really don’t want anymore.

-Food: Yes, we will have food. But, it will be homemade. Probably a one pot meal like spaghetti, or maybe even pizza and salad or some other veggies.

That’s it. I don’t want this process to be stressful so I’ve chosen not to call this a party. It’s more so a celebration of her being one and that we survived having two children just one year apart.

What do you think? What did you do for your child’s first birthday party?