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Are You Having A Big First Birthday Party?

By Naomi Odes |


birthday cupcake Fuzz’s first birthday is coming soon! It’s about time I started planning his first birthday party, which means I should really procrastinate another two weeks and then panic the entire week before.

I remember going to a first birthday party of my mom’s friend’s daughter when I was a teenager. It was at her house, but it was a full catered affair with no fewer than fifty people. My mom’s friend looked gorgeous and radiant holding her one-year-old. She seemed to be having a great time. That was when I realized: First Birthday parties are totally about the parents. That’s totally awesome! It’s celebration of making it through the first year of your baby’s life! I was so down with this concept. It’s why I decided to have children, actually. Just kidding, folks.

Anyway, if you know me at all, planning a great big party with lots of important details is not my forte, neither is planning any small affair. My husband planned most of our wedding, even though I obsessed about the flowers–which ended up arriving dead. That goes to show you what obsessing can do.

Photo Credit: Flickr/Seelenstrum

I’ve made a little poll about first birthday parties which I hope you’ll answer. What do you really think of first birthday parties? What kind will you have? Big to-do or low key? Click after the jump to participate in the poll!

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9 thoughts on “Are You Having A Big First Birthday Party?

  1. Danielle says:

    We are having a low key party at home, with family and a few friends with big kids to keep my older daughter entertained. With kid #1, we also had a small first birthday party…and have had a fairly big bash every year since.

    I too like celebrating the fact that the parents made it through the first year…unfortunately, since I know what lies ahead of us, I am now saying “we also have to make it through the second year.” :)

  2. soldierlover84 says:

    My son was born the day before me so his 1st b-day party Saturday will also include my birthday. But we’re having friends and family only 15 people! My husband is stationed in S. Korea and he will joining the party via Skype so he gets to be a part of the parrty.

  3. Naomi says:

    @Danielle- Yes, you are right. Perhaps one party for the parents and one for the kids every year until they go to college…then just continual parties for the parents.

    @soldierlover84- that is so cool that your husband will be able to ‘be’ at the party! Technology rules!!

  4. Jenny says:

    I am planning a big football themed bash for my little man’s 1st everyone has to come in some kind of gear that reps their football team. I am renting the hall where my baby shower was held and there will probably be close to 50 people there.

  5. Shannon says:

    We are actually planning our son’s second birthday party right now, and it will be pretty small, like his first birthday. We invited our close friends and family, but not everyone could make it, so there were about a dozen people at the party. He was really happy to have all the attention but not overwhelmed by too many people or too much going on. Another plus of having fewer guests was he didn’t get sick of opening presents, despite me going kinda overboard at the Target toy clearance.

  6. Megan says:

    I picked huge party even though the party will only be family and close friends. My son’s 8th birthday party had 42 people at it this weekend and there were at least 5 people that couldn’t come. That was only family and 3 close friends and their families! My mom was one of 4 kids, my dad was one of 5 kids, and my husband’s mom was 1 of 9. There’s lots of aunts uncles and cousins, and now cousins’ families. We had 2 infants, 1 toddler, one 2 year old, two 3 year olds, one 4 year old. one 5 year old, one 6 year old, my eight year old, one 11 year old, two 14 year olds, one 16 year old, and 2 college kids at the party, plus the 26 adults. Talk about a full house lol. I’m worried about my daughter’s first birthday since it will be winter and people won’t be hanging out on the porch or the kids playing on the swingset in the backyard

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