Friday, October 18, 2013

Planning the PERFECT Party

In less than 2 weeks, our little boy turns one. It’s almost impossible to think that nearly a year has gone by since we welcomed him into the world.

Like most parents, we have been planning the “perfect” first birthday party for Connor. Because let’s face it, turning 1 is a BIG DEAL. C’s first birthday is even more exciting for my husband and me because we plan to have just one child. We only get one shot to throw the best first birthday ever.

And it’s those words – best first birthday ever - that causes the stress to build and my blood pressure to rise to abnormally high numbers. Moms get the “privilege” of doing the majority (if not all) the work. I decided to take the stress out of throwing a first birthday and let me tell you how I managed to do so.

[ONE] Forget Pinterest. Sure there are great ideas to be found on the site but once you start pinning, you never stop. Additionally, you soon find yourself in the middle of a pinning dilemma when it comes times to put your ideas in motion. If you find pins that you just have to have for the party, remember, smaller is sometimes much better. Pick a few of your favorites and work them into your party.
[TWO] Free is for me! Nowadays, there are a ton of free printables available to spruce up any food table, gift table or add a punch of color. Simply place the printables in frames and you have simple décor that doesn’t break the bank or require you to be crafty. Before I ever head to the store, I google what I’m looking for and add the word “free” to the search. You’ll be shocked with what you can find.
[THREE] Pick a simple theme that allows for flexibility. Connor’s party is Halloween themed – he was born the day before. This gives me plenty of wiggle room with ideas. If I were to pick a specific theme, say, Elmo or Cat in the Hat, I would be pigeon holed into sticking with very strict colors and decorations. Picking a Halloween party theme allows for me to pick and choose what colors and décor we use. Often times, a generic theme can be cheaper as well.

[FOUR] Bring in the troops. Tomorrow, a handful of my girlfriends and I are getting together to work on the decorations, favors and food before Connor’s party on Saturday. There is no way I could get everything done (while keeping up with C) so my girls and Mom are going to be put to work. We will get to spend the day together prepping for his party and I won’t be overwhelmed doing it all myself.

[FIVE] And lastly, your little one is never going to remember their first birthday. Try to remember that it’s more for you and your family and friends. Enjoy the day. After all, you survived your first year as parents.

So there you have it. Simple tips on how to plan the perfect party without losing your mind and going gray. Tomorrow we will see how well I put these tips into motion as we're having party #1 for Connor in Ohio.
Enjoy your weekend and check back next week for a birthday party update!


  1. Happy Friday! Cant wait to see how Connor's first birthday party turns out! I am sure it will be ever adorable. :)

  2. I can't wait to see Connor's party come together.
    Have a great weekend!!

  3. Thanks for the tips! It never occurred to me to search for FREE printables!!! Can't wait to see how Connor's birthday party turns out...!

  4. Hi Stephanie, hope you had a great weekend.

    These are some great tips. I agree with the pinning thing.

    I am sure his party is going to be awesome!! I can't wait to see how it all comes together.


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