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…