I can’t believe I am even writing that title. I can’t believe that my baby is almost 2 years old! I thought I would share with you all the fun of preparing for her birthday party.
To start, we decided to buy an outfit for her because who doesn’t love little ones in cute outfits for their birthday. I think I will continue to buy her outfits for her birthday until she doesn’t let me anymore, or I can’t find any that I like in her size.
So, I don’t like to show pictures of my daughter, I am sure you moms and dads out there can understand. Anyway, I have to show you just how cute the outfit is.
How cute is that? Now, it says “two” not “one”. I just love it. If you want to buy the outfit you can check it out on Etsy. I also bought some leggings from the same shop to go with it because I have no idea if it is going to be warm or cold for her birthday yet. There are so many cute options from the shop, it was hard to pick the outfit I wanted. Please, check out Posh Peanut Kids on Etsy.
My husband and I have a huge family! The next part of our party planning included trying to figure out who we were inviting to the party. We could easily have 40 or more people at her birthday party if we invited all the family. That’s what happened at her first birthday.
Our house is so small (which is why we want to build a house) that we can’t have more than 3 or 4 guests at our house, which means we have to have the party away from home. I can’t wait until we build our house so we can have parties at home. Anyway, we decided to stick to just grandparents, great-grandparents and my husband’s sister and my siblings for the party. This still puts us at over 20 people (23 people to be exact) for the party if everyone comes.
Our closest family is an hour away, so we decided to have the party closer to our family. We are planning on having it at a park in our little hometown. This is nice because the kids can all play at the park and no one has to worry. There is a covered pavilion so the adults can sit in the shade and watch the children play. There is also a community center that we can use, which will be nice if the weather is bad because there are basketball hoops and a gym for the kids to play in.
Another reason we decided to invite less people is the fact that the more people you invite the more food, cake and ice cream you have to have. That also means more gifts that my daughter will get and she doesn’t need more toys!
While we are talking about food, that is the next step. We decided to just go with pizza because it is simple and I don’t have to cook so I can enjoy the party. Again, not being able to have the party at home makes it harder for me to cook. Maybe one day when we build our house I will cook for her party, until then, pizza it is.
Since my daughter has a milk allergy, I will have to make a cake from scratch so I can use soy milk. Not a big deal, but I don’t think I will be making another cake from scratch for everyone else. I may just buy another cake for everyone else. We will have to see when the time comes closer, her party is in 2 weeks.
I don’t plan on going all out for every birthday party because it can really get expensive if you do. The thing is, my daughter won’t remember the party, so it’s really just for the family more than for her.
How about you, did you go all out for your kids parties? Do you have a huge family like I do? How do you deal with limited space for parties at home? Do you move the party, or cut back on how many people are invited?