And the award for slowest blogger goes to…me!
Hi friends! Sorry I’ve been M.I.A on the blog front – nobody informed me that planning and throwing a babies first birthday party would be so time consuming, and that I’d be up to my eyeballs in party decorations, thank-you cards and leftover cookies a week later. (Hey, I’m not complaining)
But as I’ve finally had time to edit the 109,057,920 photos taken and form a somewhat comprehensive post with all the lovely and exhaustive details from my little lady’s birthday celebration, I can finally jump back on the blog-post-horse. (Is it just me, or did that sound seriously dirty?)
I bring you: Lila-Rose Turns One!
I scoured Pinterest for MONTHS beforehand, trying to get inspiration and figuring out what I wanted and what I didn’t want. Holy hell, are there some serious kids parties on Pinterest!! I was working with a pretty strict budget, so I planned everything well in advance and kept an eye out at $2 stores for little details, such as the doilies and pegs on the lollybags, the floral garlands, the lolly scoops, etc.
The floral decorations were all done by my mother, and the food was all homemade between myself, my mum and nanna, and Jordan’s mum.
The recipes I used online were:
It was a really fantastic day, even though Lila slept through the first two hours! (Which actually turned out to be a blessing, because then she was ready to partay for the whole afternoon) And in terms of anxiety, I think I did supremely well! To think that when I had Lila’s baby shower I was so anxious I could barely string a sentence together, and I have a really bad memory of the entire event because I was experiencing panic attack after panic attack the whole time…whereas at Lila’s birthday I was just happy and enjoying myself, and even did a little impromptu speech when we did the smash cake. Anxious Lauren was just not in the building that day. (Hey, one day out of 365 ain’t bad…!)
So, my very-knowledgeable (but not really) tips for planning and throwing a first birthday party?
- PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Get on the interwebs, do a search, find what you like. Make lots of lists. Try to get the DIY’s done as early as possible, order decorations and lollybags well in advance.
- If you are making your own food, delegating is SO HELPFUL. I would never have been able to make all the food on my own, so having some other cooks on the team was a lifesaver. I also learnt that freezers are amazing things and that a whole heap of baked goods actually taste better when they’ve been frozen. The brownies that I made 2 weeks beforehand were on a whole other level of awesome.
- Choose where you spend. I realised that Lila’s outfit was pretty much my main spending area, because I wanted her to look bloody adorable. So even though I searched for a long time and found the cheapest option in my budget, I still didn’t skimp completely. There are some absolutely darling little complete outfits on Etsy, however with the shipping costs involved it worked out to be cheaper for me to buy the items separately. I cut costs on the decorations, and I made a lot of stuff myself which saved me money (but almost lost me my sanity, who needs that though?) in the long run.
- If you’re serving something alcoholic in a beverage dispenser, keep it away from the other beverage dispensers. My nephew had an awesome time hitting up the prosecco punch. My three year old nephew. Woopsie.
- Get someone to take photos. This is an event you’ll want to remember!! I wanted a photographer really badly, but couldn’t justify the costs. Instead I asked one of my best friends partner to snap some shots, and he did more than I could ever have hoped – I now have about 400 photos of the day! (Thanks, Matthew!!)
- Enjoy the shit out of it. I was stressed to the max the morning of the party because even with my extensive planning I was still left with a million things to do, but I had to remind myself to calm down and just enjoy the day, because at the end of it no one is really going to care if the food table is set up correctly, so long as they get to eat! Half the things I was worried about didn’t end up mattering in the least, and I’m so glad I had family around to remind me to slow down, relax and have a good time.