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1st Birthday - For us or them?


My little princess at 11 months oldI can’t believe Tazzy is going to be one-year old next month. It’s nuts! People told me that time flies but I had no idea it would go by this fast. At first, I was thinking I wouldn’t have a big party since it’s probably that Tazzy wouldn’t remember but then I thought about it and realized that I want this occasion as a memory. I want to be able to look back at photos and see her at her very first birthday party. 

And then Josh and I realized that this party is more for us than for her. We decided to have a Sunday brunch and invite our closest friends and family to help celebrate Tazzy’s birthday and the fact that we’ve survived and even thrived this first year as parents.  Woo hoo, we made it!

We’ll have little goodie bags for Tazzy’s little friends, a piñata (that we will not break…but since I can remember, I always had one at all of my birthday parties as a little girl) and of course cake. Thinking of making an all-natural wholesome cake – anyone have any recipes??

Aside from that we’ll have food and drinks for the adults. I am looking forward to raising a glass to this last year. It’s been amazing and every day gets better and better.

And a side note regarding invitations. I went back and fourth on whether to mail paper invites, send an email or use Evite. Finally, I decided to use Paperless Post, where you can design and send a virtual invite. More on my experience in a separate post. I digressed.

Anyway, I’m super excited about this first birthday party. Now, I want to hear about your child’s first birthday. Did you do anything? If so, what? And did you feel like the party was really all for them or more for you? 

Reader Comments (5)

Just curious...why won't you break the pinata? We are in the planning process since our little guy is only 9 months!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

As a father of three, I'd say the party is definitely for the parents, at least initially. With the advent of cheap video recorders, my kids LOVE watching their old birthday party videos years later.

One suggestion that we did was to make a special cake just for the guest of honour. Just put them in a high chair, put the cake in front of them, turn the video cameras on, and let them dive right in.

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul C

Hi Monica, I wish we could break the pinata but it's actually at a friend's restaurant in a back room so was thinking it would be really messy. Hmm.. maybe I can bring my dust buster though. Would be fun! haha. And planning is so much fun!

Paul, LOVE that idea! I think I will make a little cake for Tazzy. And good call on the video camera. I definitely planned on the camera but now I will also bring a video recorder. Thanks!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

In planning it, we thought about Nic's party as being more for us and our family, but it turned out that he really enjoyed it too! He had fun opening presents, being passed from aunt to aunt and put on quite a show when it came to cake eating. I think that what you have planned for Tazzy is perfect. She'll get to see her favorite people and eat cake and you and Josh will get the celebration you deserve :)

June 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterNathalee

I think the party sounds like tons of fun for all! And, you guys definitely deserve to raise a glass for being incredible parents to an amazing daughter! So proud of you both - you are inspiring! Happy Birthday Tazzy!! Beth can't wait to celebrate!

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