Thursday, December 8, 2011

First Birthday Thoughts

So, a couple of months ago (I really do believe it was October), we received a wonderful catalog in the mail that we had, mysteriously, never asked for (don't you love companies that sell your information?).

It was full of pages and pages of things I could buy to.....wait for it.................pull off a perfect 1st birthday!  And just a first birthday. No 2nd or 16th birthdays celebrated here, no siree.

Pages and pages of $100 ways to decorate. Not, mind you, $100 for a cake, party and clown shipped to your door. But $100 to have matching plates; pinatas; wall stickers; and, my personal favorite: a photo mat all the 1yr-old friends could sign as a keepsake for your sweet little one.

My decorating thoughts generally run to balloons, a cake and candles, and maybe some confetti thrown out. The daring side of me had seen pictures of these:

on a friend's blog and toyed with the idea of really branching out to do something fancy :o)  But fear not fair friend! 1st Wishes Birthday catalog was here to the rescue.

Actually, as a disclaimer, everything was really cute. Just not $150 cute.

But, if I were to buy something (say in my wildest imaginations), it would have been this:

who knew? Although, my favoritest, favoritest part of the whole thing? This disclaimer:

Product Safety Information: Close (x)
  • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.

Poor 1st birthday girl would be too small to use them. 

She's shaping up to have 2 parties though, so I think we'll be just fine :o)
(btw- Have I mentioned lately that she's running? Sweet girl is so proud that she can walk with something in each hand, she'll start speeding up and face plant. Lord have mercy on her eyes so she doesn't poke something out!)


  1. I agree! I've always thought it was quite ridiculous the amount of money some people spend on birthday parties, especially for birthdays the kids won't even remember (aside from pictures!). There are tons of really cute free coordinating printables (for buntings, food labels, cute little cupcake toppers, and the sort) for kids birthdays on the internet. I've seen tons of cute DIY stuff on a few of the crafty blogs I follow (would be glad to pass them along if you want them) :) I can't believe it's already time for you to start thinking about her first birthday!!

  2. Bekah,
    I'd love some of the ideas you've seen! I've casually noticed a couple but haven't marked them and so have no idea where they were....and if you've already done the legwork.... :o)

  3. Will compile what I have and send you an email (I'm assuming the gmail on your blogger profile is current?)