My baby girl turned 1 last week! It was both the longest and the shortest year of my life. Any other moms relate? She grew from baby to toddler sooooo fast. Too fast. But then those sleepness nights lasted too long. Bittersweet.
I wanted to keep it small and simple for her 1st birthday celebration. I think there's a lot of pressure among moms to throw really big perfectly planned and themed 1st birthday parties. I know there are some moms out there who just love hosting and that planning a big celebration is fun for them. I'm not bestowed with the gift of hosting. Planning for even just a casual having friends over for dinner stresses me out. I probably worry way to much about food and whether or not I'm making something everyone will like and if my house is clean enough. See, obviously not the party planner type no matter how hard I wish I could be a good party planner.
So we kept it small and simple this year. And Caroline LOVED it. I think it turned out just right.
For my own memory sake I want to remember what I served:
chips and salsa, crackers and spicy white bean dip, grapes, candy dish, and vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffins instead of birthday cake. I was not about to sugar her up and then have to deal with the sugar crash afterwards. I know a smash cake is a hugely popular tradition, but honest it was so much easier serving her favorite muffins- she loved it, no mess, no cranky sugar low for baby (and she was cranky tired enough after all the excitement!)
She also really enjoyed the getting toys part.And putting the gift bows on her head. She kept doing that. Maybe she wants a bow in her hair? I've never tried because I figured she'd rip it out 10 seconds later but maybe she'd go with it. Maybe.
Thank you to the sweet friends and family who helped us make her first little birthday party special.
Happy Birthday, little Miss Caroline!
What are your thoughts on birthday parties for toddlers? Go big or keep it simple? I'm thinking I'll probably wait to go bigger with them when she can enjoy the theme, the decorations, the treats more. Right now she's pretty thrilled with her favorite muffins and the Elmo balloon she had tied to her highchair.