Why I threw my little man a mustache bash for his 1st birthday... and I'm not ashamed.
There are so many negative articles circling the internet right now talking about how awful it is to throw your kids elaborate birthday parties. I thought about linking to some of them here, but decided against it. Why perpetuate the negativity?
I get it... you shouldn't go into debt for a the sake of a child's party. And you shouldn't feel like you HAVE to throw some elaborate, Pinterest inspired party just to be seen as a "good mom" in the eyes of those around you.
But the other side of that coin is that you shouldn't be shamed for throwing an amazing party for your kids either...
Recently my own little man turned one. Not only is he our third and last (yes, definitely our last... we made that official on Valentine's Day last year - but that's a story for a different time), but he's also our only boy, welcomed by two very adoring older sisters, ages 3 and 6. Those of you who are done having children yourselves know the bitter sweetness that comes with each "last first" that your baby is going to experience. The last "first tooth", the last "first Christmas", the last "first pee pee in the potty" ... You get the point.
So for our families last "First Birthday Party", we decided to go all out. Not only had I never planned a boys party before, I also had two very eager little assistants who were beyond excited to plan a fun party for their baby brother.
Our Little Mr. has always had the nickname "little man". He was born with lots of hair and was the spitting image of his father so it seemed only fitting to throw him a "Little Man Mustache Bash" for his 1st!
I had some left over photo booth props from a volunteer event I participated in at my daughters school, so I knew a mustache photo booth was going to be a must at the party.
I decided to use only local vendors because I absolutely love to support my local economy, and being a small business owner myself, I have a passion for networking with and utilizing the skills of other small businesses in my area.
The birthday cake and cupcakes were provided by Devine Delights by Angie, and all the printable signs, banners, invitations and thank you cards were handmade by Kelly Hernandez. (If you're interested, she'll be donating a custom party package to our school auction being held next month at The Country Church. You can check out details and order tickets here.
My dear friend Marcy Jo at Heavenly Scrumptious made the cookies and they were THE BEST THING EVER! Not only were they the cutest designs, made exactly like the picture I had showed her, but they were also the best tasting cookies I have ever had (which can leave quite a dilemma when you want to eat one early before the party but don't want to ruin the beautiful display!)
Planning the birthday party was an excuse to be fun and creative with my girls. My oldest adopted the job of putting mustache stickers on photos of the birthday boy and hanging them on the wall in the shape of a giant 1. Every time she would work on this project, she would giggle at the sight of her little brother wearing mustaches.
My mom offered to make the bow-tie party favors and turned it into a fun craft project for the kids to participate in a couple weeks before the party.
A good friend (and godparent to our kids) came early and her and my mom managed to make and plate most of the food in record time!
A family friend of ours came as a butler of sorts; greeting guests, serving hors d' oeuvres, and taking photos in the photo booth. He was quite the handsome addition to our party and such a huge help! He's also a little entrepreneur himself so don't be surprised if you see his face popping up in the local business world one of these days.
The party went off with out a hitch - except for forgetting to cook the spring rolls that were on the menu.
Kenton was blessed with tons of fun gifts and everyone enjoyed watching him smash his cake!
I know... he'll never remember this big hurrah we put on for his first birthday. But sometimes the party isn't ALL about the person being celebrated.
His birthday was an excuse for me to have fun. I loved planning his mustache bash.
Searching fun ideas on Pinterest, watching my girls' eyes light up when we talked about his party, and seeing the joy on their faces when they got to help with things...
Having an excuse to get our family and friends together.
Having an excuse to eat cake and cookies.
Having adorable photos to put in a baby book for the Little Mr. so he can look back later and see how silly he looked covered in birthday cake.
Supporting other local businesses.
These are just some of the reasons why I refuse to feel bad about throwing big birthday parties for my kids.
Will I do it every year? Certainly not!
Will I feel obligated to put on beautiful, photo worthy parties? Of course not!
And neither should you! Do what you love, do what's right for your family, do what will make your life easier, some years maybe you don't do anything at all.
It is all okay and I believe that what ever you choose, your kids will turn out just fine.
Thanks for stopping by!