Thoughts on the First Pinterest-ish Party

This is what Eva’s first birthday looked like:


(A) How cute is that kid?

(B) How crazy is that party considering I’m not a birthday party person?

Originally, there wasn’t going to be a party for Eva’s first birthday. Not being keen on parties, I had planned on getting a room at the Grand America (the local ritzy hotel) so the three of us could swim and get room service and relax now that the first year of this parenting thing was complete. Then, a few things happened. One is I started a party blog this year and when you run a party blog, you’re kind of supposed to have parties. The other is that family from Ohio booked plane tickets to fly in for Eva’s birthday, so I felt like we should make it more of an event.

I picked a theme (I love themes!) and decided to make it Princess and the Frog since that’s where her name came from, blah blah blah. I figured we could get some party hats and some napkins and a big themed wax candle and it would be all good. And then I got on Pinterest. It all snowballed from there.

Pinterest has the ability to make you feel super awesome and creative while also making you feel like an underachieving momfail. Suddenly, Eva’s casual party-center birthday didn’t seem like it would fly on the party blog and I was gathering ideas right and left. As a result, her party ended up with approximately thirty different menu items and one hundred thirty balloons. We did theme colors, dressed her up like a lightning bug, and I hit up Restoration Hardware for special twinkle lights to make a fake firefly lighting fixture to drive the whole bayou theme home. It was chaos.

(Secretly, it was also a lot of fun.)

I don’t know. I think the party was over the top, but it actually wasn’t as bad putting it together as I thought it was going to be. Most of the Pinterest crafts and ideas were simple things that didn’t take a lot of time. They were also cheap cheap cheap, so the total we spent on the party was somewhere around $125… $50 of which was eaten up by all the balloons. Who knew helium was that expensive?

Will we do it again next year? Eh. I definitely don’t want to turn around and do it again right now and we probably have two birthdays left before Eva will begin to care about her parties, but it also wasn’t a pain at all to put it together. I think I’m a Pinterest party convert. A little creativity, elbow-grease, and Internet surfing seems to make a big difference.

The only problem? I think Kyle’s expecting the same Disney-themed fanfare for his birthday. Le sigh…


First birthday party brunch buffet Baby in firefly costume at her first birthday party Starbucks frappuccino bottles used as milk bottles at birthday party Princess and the Frog cupcake tower for Disney birthday party Mardi Gras cupcakes in jars for birthday party Smash cake for girl's first birthday Eva in her firefly costume for her birthday Stamped wooden spoons at birthday party Flower in my hair for bayou birthday brunch Princess and the Frog cupcake toppers Princess and the frog sugar cookies for Disney birthday party Rainbow fruit kabobs with star and heart shapes Ideas for a Disney birthday party Ideas for a Princess and the Frog birthday party Princess Tiana at a Disney Princess and the Frog birthday party Button sugar cookies at a first birthday party Ideas for a Disney themed birthday party brunch Layered Jello in jars for a birthday party Blueberry pancakes at a birthday brunch Princess and the Frog party Beignets at a bayou breakfast brunch IMG_2607 IMG_2612

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  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    A) SOOO Incredibly Cute!

    B) Super crazy but oh so fun!

    I don't blame Kyle. I always envy the party spotlights you post. 🙂

    March 7, 2012 at 1:23 am
  • Reply garfpooky

    I love Pinterest! I hope to pull off a Pinterest inspired party even HALF as successful as yours someday!

    Eva's lightning bug outfit is crazy adorable. And I love the firefly jars. Amazing! 😀

    March 7, 2012 at 2:45 am
  • Reply Debbie

    WOW – that is one good looking party!

    March 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm
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