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My beautiful baby turned one recently. She’s still a baby at heart and her first year went by way too quickly! We celebrated her, but not with a birthday bash or a cake smash!
Now, I want to say that I am totally supportive of other people who want to have parties for their own babies who are turning one. I’ve been to a lot of parties for one year olds that I really enjoyed. They’re fun and so adorable. Who doesn’t love snapping pictures of a baby covered in cake, right!? But, a one year old party is really more about the parents than the child. They get their scrapbook pictures. They get their memories. And, that’s really great, as long as I’m not the one throwing the party!
I’ve never thrown a first birthday party for any of my own kids. They get a party once they turn two. But, at one, we like to keep it simple. I personally spend too much time focusing on party details and being the hostess when I throw a big party. Instead, we like to keep it low-key and we like to keep it focused on the birthday child.
Here’s how we celebrated the birthday girl without all the overwhelming fanfare:
1. A favorite food: This has been different for each of my children, but our current favorite is blueberries. We loaded her tray up and let her stuff her cheeks. Honestly, I love that she would rather eat blueberries than cake. I’m going to take advantage while it lasts. A picture of her coated in frosting is not a right of passage for me. I’ll enjoy the blue smeared all over face just as much!
2. One simple present: Yes, I only bought one present. She loved it and played with it for quite a while. She didn’t actually need the overwhelming experience of opening a mountain of presents. Plus, she had a few more gifts trickle in from family members on the days leading up to her birthday.
3. Decorations: My older kids really wanted to celebrate (probably more than she did!) So, we loaded up our kitchen table and dining area with some Sesame Street décor. They also made her cards with some personalized artwork.
4. Undivided Attention: As the youngest of three kids, she very rarely gets my undivided attention. So, I made it a point to play with just her several times throughout the day. I made her my focus. Her older siblings were doting all over her as well!
5. An outing: We took a trip to a little amusement park near our home. We rode on the carousel with her. We drove little cars with her. We stopped at a frozen yogurt joint on our way home. We made memories.
She didn’t NEED a big party. She just needed our time and love! And, she’s loving it!
How did you celebrate first birthdays for your child(ren)? Did you throw a big party or keep it simple?