Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone has/is planning on having a party for their little ones first birthday? MY DD will be one on the 30th of December and as it’s so close to Christmas I’m planning now. I’m not talking anything crazy big and it’ll mostly be DIY so hopefully not too expensive either. I know a lot of people say “What’s the point, they’re only one!” but they’ll only ever be 1 once, same as 18 or 21 etc. Plus I know I was a bit sad when I asked my parents what they did for my first birthday and they said “Nothing.” And I’m NOT doing it to be competative with other mums.
The idea is to have the other other babies we know from ante-natal classes and their parents, for two hours. Hungry caterpillar themed with a rainbow layered cake (dairy free and low sugar due to some of the other babies/mums dietry requirements) and a few other treats. Does that sound a bit OTT? My SO thinks it does but he’s one of those people who doesn’t celebrate birthdays…
Also any ideas for good dairy free cakes or treats etc would be welcome!
Post # 3
@Snowden: I don’t think it’s over the top. Sure, it’s more for you than it is for her, but there’s nothing wrong with that. And it’s not like you’re dropping $5k on a lavish party for a kid who is (possibly) not even walking or talking, yet (again, possibly. She may be doing either or both of those things, or more!). You’re just having a little celebration of the fact that she’s been in the world for a whole year. It’s a big deal as a parent!
I’m not a parent, but I do have dogs. And before you think that I’m comparing the love you feel for your daughter with the love I feel for my dogs, I’m not. I’m just saying that if I make a note of my dogs’ birthdays and give them a little extra treat those days, I can’t imagine the overwhelming excitement you feel for your daughter’s birthday!
Post # 4
I laughed a lot, I used to give my cats birthday treats so I understand 😉 As well as being her birthday it’s a celebration of the fact we’ve all survived the first year and come out of it pretty good. With everything I’m hoping to spend between NZD$50-$75 which I don’t think is too mental..
Post # 5
@Snowden: Where I live people go “ALL OUT” on 1st birthdays. It’s as big as some peoples weddings. For example, I know a couple who rented the same hall for their babys 1st bday as their wedding! (Its THAT important). I’ve actually been to more 1st birthday parties than weddings!
That being said, I don’t think what you are planning is over the top at all! With my first son, we had a lunch party about 50 people with traditional luau food, cake & ice cream, pinata. Second son we had an intimate dinner w/ cake & ice cream. (We splurged a little more on his 2nd bday). Now for our third son, I want to do a bbq type party. We’ll see how it goes.
I say go with what you got!
Post # 6
i love celebraing birthdays. my DH didnt really do what my family does for birthdays and christmas. i love it all! and now he loves it to!! make it special just because you dont need a reason to celebrate a life!! make it a memory you will always have!!
Post # 7
@Snowden: I was born on Dec. 27th and my parents had a HUUUUUUGE bday party for me. I mean HUGE. There was about 75 people there, they roasted an entire pig, I saw pics and I couldn’t believe they spent so much money on a FIRST bday party. Then again its a tradition in our culture.