I love birthdays! I have always loved birthdays! Growing up, my parents made sure our birthdays were very special. So, it goes without saying that when I became a mother I was beyond excited to plan our daughters birthdays!
Before my daughter even had her first birthday I had a general idea for themes 1 through 5. Yes, you read that right – 1 through 5. Of course, the ideas are just the beginning stages. In the months leading up to each birthday, I narrow it down and set a clear picture for the direction I want to go. As you can tell, I love to plan ahead – birthdays at least…
In the months leading up to our daughters first birthday we discussed not only how we want to celebrate hers, but future children as well. We decided that each child would have an extended family party for their first birthday. Donned with their own special birthday outfit as their keepsake. Each individual child would even have there own first birthday theme, based on the theme of their nursery. Every birthday after that would be a more intimate family affair.
Our reasoning came from a few simple thoughts. First and for most, we did not want our entire family to feel they must attend several birthdays a year as we add to our family. As we all know, with work and young children life can get pretty busy at times. So we felt receiving an invitation for only their first birthdays would be best. In my opinion, its also nice because I won’t have to explain why so and so was able to attend one child’s birthday but not the other. This way no child feels left out or as though their birthday is less important because it did not work with everyones schedule.
Some would say the first birthday isn’t that important, because the child won’t even remember it. While its true they won’t remember, my husband and I see it a little differently. If it wasn’t for those large first birthday parties we had as babies, we would not even have photographs or video with some family members. Even those we will never personally know some of those beautiful people, its nice to see photographs of us together. I love that I can watch the video of my first birthday to see and hear their voices, as they interact with me. It gives me a sense of connection to those beautiful and loving souls.
Birthdays are a great way to let out my creative side! Once I have selected a theme, I head straight to pinterest! Last year, I decided Minnie Mouse was the perfect theme for age two! Of course, pink Minnie Mouse simply wouldn’t do! It had to be the traditional red/black! Why? It isn’t just because I like the traditional Minnie and Mickey the best, which I do. My thought was I could reuse the decorations I created for a boy, if the colors are red and black. Which brings me to the birthday banner. With this in mind, I created the banner using both Minnie and Mickey Mouse.
I also love having a special birthday outfit to match the theme! With budget in mind, only each child’s first birthday outfit will have their name. Of course, my daughters birthday outfits won’t work for a boy, but they will definitely work for a girl. It just so happens we are expecting another little princess. So she will be able reuse decorations and birthday outfits for themes 2 through 5. So if you love to have a special outfit created for your little ones birthday, consider leaving off the name. Especially if you love the theme you selected so much, that you would love to reuse it!
As you can see, I love birthdays! The prep and planning is always exciting, but it doesn’t beat the bright smile on my daughters face during her special day! As her third birthday is fast approaching, I wanted to reflect on the last 3 years and how we have celebrated.
What do birthdays mean to you? How do you celebrate your little ones?
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