For those of you who follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat, you already know that Bexley just turned one. I know, I’m still having a hard time facing it. Nonetheless, I had my first experience planning a first birthday party. Let me tell you, it’s tough. Not only are you facing the fact that your little 8lb baby is now a year older, but you’re trying to make everything perfect.

Well, with a lot of help from some very dear family and friends, I pulled it off. But if you’re a new mom and facing your very first birthday party, I have some advice, learned the hard way:

  1. Don’t try to be a Pinterest mom. Yes, there are moms who kill it and go overboard with desserts and decorations and balloons and candy and food and costumes yada yada. And if you are that mom, good for you! But if you’re like me, trying to make everything perfect will just stress you out, so keep things simple. Don’t compare yourself to everyone else. Do what you want to do, don’t feel like you’re going to be judged for your choices. This isn’t their party.
  2. Your one year old will not care in ten years whether she had a princess themed party or if there are no games. Make your choices quick and simple, don’t over think everything. This is a celebration of their life, and the fact that you have made it through parenthood alive for an entire year. Way to go you!
  3. Visit. Yes. That’s right. Visit with the people that came to celebrate your child. If you’re too busy worrying about chasing around the kids attempting to play pin the tail on the donkey or keeping the dessert station just perfect, you’re probably not able to spend a lot of time with the people who came to your party. And that would suck.
  4. RELAX. That’s right. Breathe. If you throw an elaborate, perfectly decorated, on trend party, then rock it. If you want to host a small backyard barbecue with your closest family members and sing happy birthday, then do it. Either way, don’t stress about it, at the end of the day, your kid won’t stop growing and you’ll still be sad about that. Love them, and give them an extra big hug and kiss before bed.

Now that I’ve spoken my peace, I want to thank each and every person who came to celebrate Bexley’s birthday with us. We’re truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in her life. We love you all!

We celebrated on her birthday at Pizza Palace in Gilman. She loved the pizza and breadsticks and playing mini putt putt afterwards in the back room! Thanks to Nana B for bringing cake! blog-green-acres-twinkle-twinkle-little-star-1st-first-birthday-party-pink-gold-teal012

A HUUUUUGGGEE thanks to Green Acres Sportsman’s club for allowing me to take over their club house. I enjoyed printing off my Instagram photos to display, and it was fun to read through the cards that everyone wrote their wishes for her on.

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I can’t say enough good things about Stephanie Shively, but was really grateful that she made Bexley’s smash cake again for her party. She had also made the cake for Bexley’s first year photos, you may have seen on my Facebook! We made sure to share this cake though! 🙂 IGA did a wonderful job on the cupcakes, and I can’t thank Jayna and Sage enough for helping me make rice krispie treats for the first time ever.

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My Aunt Becky did an amazing job on Bexley’s first year board. There’s no way I can erase it though, it’s too good!

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Not the best family photo, but the best we got from the day!

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Forget the games, the kids all enjoyed playing with PlayDoh outside!

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