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Despite my best efforts to keep my little munchkin a baby forever she's going to turn one this summer. I think I was in denial for a bit.
Last year at this time, in all my swollen, sweaty, pregnant glory, a first birthday was not a thought in my mind. But now, with 5 weeks to go, it's all I can think about.
Summer birthday parties are special because there are so many options. Inside party, outside party, pool party, pirate party? Oh my!
Bear with me ladies as I bounce birthday ideas off y'all.
First I had to decide if I was going big or small. I understand the logic behind a small/family only first birthday party. My mother-in-law thinks there's no reason for grandiosity because the baby won't remember it. She also thinks Halloween costumes before the age of 5 are uneccessary. By this logic though, why do anything until long term memory takes hold... It's a moot point, I've already decided on a big, ol' obnoxious party.
Theme? My first thought is immediately Hello Kitty! But am I being fair? Cadence doesn't love Hello Kitty, I do. Is that to Mommy Dearest of me? Is it fair to live vicariously through my one-year-old? If we went with her favorite things it'd be a ducks and prunes-themed party.
We don't have a pool so that's an easy question to answer. But should I get tents? The end of August on the east coast could be brutal. What if it rains? Tents are probably a good idea.
Ok, big party - check.
Tents - check
Baby pools - check
Hello Kitty theme? Do I hear a check?
Next week I'd like to share some cute, affordable and green summer birthday party ideas.
Do you have any suggestions? I'd love to share some of your ideas!
Aww I remember my kids first birthday. None of their birthdays are summertime though. Your list sounds pretty good!
both my girls have summer bdays, we take them to the beach and to the amusement park nearby. its what they enjoy doing and its become a tradition....
I let my dd pick her own theme. Our party was huge and outdoors and of course it rained so then 50+ people piled into my house. ugh
how i wish my kids had summer birthdays. but alas i have a sept. 25 and a dec. 31st and not many options for inside parties that don't cost a lot.
If you do ducks, you could get some kind of large container (doesn't have to be a pool) and put lots of rubber ducks with numbers or colors on the bottom. When a kid draws a specific one they get a prize.
You could do lots of cute stuff with rubber ducks. Oriental Trading has every kind of rubber duck you could want and that is a great toy for 1 year olds.
Or you could do a duck feeding party at a local park that has ducks....
Sounds like fun! My only advice is not to go so crazy with details that you don't get to enjoy the party but have to attend to every little thing and be a host the whole time. Enjoy watching her experience the new things it will bring and let what happens go on that day.