Last year when Bunny turned one, we threw a birthday party. It was not a simple party. We had a theme (Little Red Riding Hood in the Woods), and I went a little crazy with the planning and decor:
I definitely made the party more complicated than it needed to be. We did a ton of crafting from the little gnomes and mushrooms to individually cutting out animal masks on cardstock to creating pom-poms to hang from the ceiling. We hired one of our friends to create woodsy-themed cupcakes.
Looking back now it was all a little crazy for a one year old who will have no memory of this event. Though she will have the photographs and mementos in her album, as the husband likes to remind me, it was definitely a party for mom and not for baby!
With Nagini on her way, there is just no way I have the energy to throw a birthday party this year. Instead we planned a special family day that just so happens to fall on Bunny’s birthday.
I have spoken with all her grandparents about skipping the presents and asked them to chip in financially together to get Bunny one big present instead of a million little things. The bonus: this will also help keep the toy clutter under control.
I enjoy this idea so much that I don’t think I will be throwing any more birthday parties. If and when the kids ask for one, I would be all in with the decor, planning, and the like, but for now, I am happy to let go of adding more busy too our life.
As long as we can still get ice cream cake.