Jul 152012

If you have haven’t gathered this by now, I’m not a huge fan of kid birthday parties.  I am hosting a big one later today for my daughter.  In general, I eschew the modern day trend of hosting a travelling petting zoo/hiring a dancing princess clown/renting out Disney World for the day.  But my husband and I long ago agreed that we’d “go all out” for our kids’ first birthdays.  For us, this just means inviting a bunch of people over and buying a ton of pizza, but hey, it feels big to me 😉  I’m happy to celebrate her day and get the classic goofy pics of her smearing cake all over her face.  I’m mostly stoked to try and jam the huge Minnie Mouse bow I bought for the occasion on her mostly bald head (why, oh why does this child STILL not have hair?!).  It will be fun, but when it’s over, count me in Sister Bear’s court.  Since my entire fam decided to be born in early summer, this Mom of the Year is hanging up her birthday hat for another year...horribly messy cake pops and all 😉

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Meredith blogs at The Mom of the Year, dedicatedly earning her title one epic parenting fail at a time. When her kids aren't busy pummeling each other with Legos or requiring their 16th sippy cup refill of the day, she tries to offer quick, relatable laughs for fellow parents of the world and all their empathizers. She remains entirely terrified by crafts, promises to never share any useful household tips, and is fully committed to a less serious look at the world of parenting.

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  26 Responses to “Kids’ Birthday Parties”


    Yay have a blast today! Happy 1st Birthday!!! And I'm jealous you are done till next year :-)


    I agree with you. My kids don't have parties with their friends every year, since sometimes we do a special family trip instead. When they do have a party, we keep it simple and old-fashioned. It's amazing how many kids today have never played 'pin the tail on the donkey'. They have fun, and they actually have time to play together.


    I did a Kentucky Derby theme for my son's first birthday. It was a lot of fun, but oh so much work. Have fun today!


    The lady doth protest too much, me thinks! I think Shakespeare wrote that, and I think your protests about this party are really only half-hearted. I suspect you'll miss these first birthday parties when they come to an end. Enjoy a slice of pizza for me, okay?


    I know what you mean! Just had my tiny man's 1st birthday party yesterday!! Definitely the most work I have put into a party yet and I am exhausted today, but I think it was worth it! :) Now time to blog about it! haha! Happy birthday to your little one! :)


    The party was awesome and the cake pops were not as horrible or messy as you think! I have had them at other people's houses–including my own SIL, and yours were delicious, gorgeous and I should know because I had three!!!


    Hope you all had an awesome time!!


    Hope you had fun! That is a lot…all at the same time of year…but at least it's over for another 3 seasons!


    We're the opposite. Didn't do anything for birthday parties other than a cake and relatives at home until kids were in preschool and getting invited to parties. And then we outsourced. A dinosaur party at the local museum that costs under $100 for the whole shebang cannot be beat.


    I think you rocked out the kids birthdays beautifully! However my vow after Elyse's party — my future children will never know cake pops unless a present from their Aunt Mere :) thanks for helping me clear up any desire to make them again!


      Aunt Mere just pitched the cake pop maker off the roof, so looks like we may need to consider other creative options for celebrating the kids' b-days 😉


    I enjoy the parties but not the prep for them!

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