Tuesday, January 10, 2012

First Birthday Party - How Much is Too Much?

Shubu turns one next week, and we are having a small birthday party this weekend. At least, I thought it was going to be small. As of now, about 15 adults and 5 babies will be there. I think that blow-out parties for people who can't even walk is a little silly. However, the more people that RSVP "yes", the stronger the pressure to have A Real Party.

The plan for now is to meet at a local park (well, local to ME) for snacks and cupcakes. For the babies, we will have mylar balloons (floating! shiny! bouncy!), a little bubble machine, and sippy cups. For the adults, I'm thinking cupcakes, fruit salad, cheese and crackers, and chips and salsa. It's a public park and playground (situated in an amazing spot) so I don't want to be too obtrusive or obnoxious to other patrons. I'll be bringing a couple of blankets and tablecloths so that we can sprawl on the lawn.

The thing is, that seems kind of boring for the childless adult guests. The last first-birthday party I attended was a-ma-zing. The theme was "Romero Britto", complete with 8 foot tall, Britto-inspired sculpture of the birthday girl's name. There were probably 50 people there, and at least half were related to the birthday girl. They grilled, had tons of drinks, and the mama baked 250 cupcakes! Kids played on the playground, bounce house, and attacked a piƱata. It was perfectly suited for that family; yet our family is much more low-key. Will people be disappointed by just hanging out in the park, watching babies do their thing? I guess we will see. And if it's a bust, we get another first birthday next year!