How to Plan A First Birthday Party

At the end of this week, I will have a one-year old. Even as I type those words it is tough for me to believe. If you know me, you know I like to celebrate everything possible, so Brody's 1st birthday is going to be no different. 

I'll admit a part of me has been procrastinating on the birthday plans. Subconsciously, the less I think about his birthday, the less I have to think about my little baby no longer being a baby. Watching this short phase of his life wrap up as he starts walking, talking, and becoming more and more toddler-like is the epitome of bittersweet. 

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Why we decided to throw a 1st birthday party

With Brody's birthday and party quickly approaching, I've been scurrying around to make sure that it's a day of great memories for our family and friends. Although Brody won't remember this event in his life, my husband and I sure will. It's a celebration of all of the milestones he's made in his first year of life. It's a time to give thanks to all of our friends and family who have been by our side as our family has grown. It's a time to high-five my husband for surviving our first year of parenthood. So Friday we will be celebrating as a little family of three---hanging out at the splash pad, pizza at our favorite joint, and a cupcake and candle to end the night. Then next weekend we can't wait to celebrate with our family and friends!

Where to host a First Birthday Party

Figuring out where to host Brody's party was tough. He's too young to enjoy any of the typical party spots and our home is tight (and lacking a yard), so we decided to rent a ramada at our favorite local park for the event. Since the little ones that will be there range in age, we are hoping the park will keep everyone entertained. And let's be honest, March in Arizona is usually beautiful.  

Theme or No Theme

I've had a love/hate relationship with Pinterest over the past couple of months as I worked on party ideas. It has been a great resource helping expanded my ideas, but it has also caused me to change the theme at least five times (if you follow me on Pinterest, you've probably noticed my party board has been all over the place). From a fiesta theme to a hot air balloon theme, to a picnic theme and beyond, I have finally decided to scratch any sort of theme and just stick to a general color scheme. Sorry, Pinterest, but I'm blaming you on my inability to commit. 

Find your Inspiration

Keep your decorations practical and reusable. Rather than investing in too many pieces of disposable decor, we are trying to incorporate items we can use in our home afterwards. For example, our favorite Petite Pehr pom-pom storage containers will be used in Brody's room after the party. Or the adorable Lulujo turkish towels will double as picnic blankets for the party and a pool towel come Summer. And the gold Minted bunting? It will be making an appearance at the Drybar event next month. 

I am getting excited to see everything come together and celebrate this special milestone. I can't wait to share pictures.