There I was on the night she was born holding my baby Elle in the hospital- stroking her buttery soft skin, looking deeply into her eyes, still with their “newborn blue” hue and imagining. . .
her first birthday party, of all things!
I can’t begin to tell you why my mind went there. Maybe it’s my real love of hosting others in our home, of all things gold and glittery, or maybe I was already secretly anxious about keeping up with our Pinterest crazed world’s new idea of what a first birthday party must be. Regardless, my crazy, sleep deprived brain went there….on day ONE of her life!!
Somehow, though, as the months went on, it faded in its importance. (Or maybe got slightly interrupted by real life- diaper changes, long nights, doctors visits…you know, all the stuff that never makes a Pinterest board.) In fact, I never gave it a second thought until a few weeks before the big event. I like to think we were too busy making memories to spend precious hours crafting party favors and designing invitations.
But when it came right down to it, I did want it to be special!
With a little creativity, a few trips to Michaels and a LOT of imperfections, Elle’s party came together relatively quickly.
So for any other new moms who, like me, want to keep it simple, classy, special but somewhat inexpensive, here’s some tips that I hope will help:
1. Skip the expensive cake. Most likely your sweet one won’t smash it at all. When I was first scrambling to find the perfect cake, I called several bakeries in town. Most quoted me $75 or more to feed our 15 guests and a small cake for Elle.
Not realistic! (for us at least)
Plan B….call Publix (or a similar grocery instead). They usually only require a 24 hour notice and will make a cake exactly to your specifications if at all possible. In our case, I wanted the cake to be symbolic of the party as a whole – simply yet stylish.
With this in mind, I had them skip the fancy decorations, edible flowers, and Disney toppers. Instead, we got a a PLAIN WHITE CAKE. I figured I could take it from there.
The kind-eyed older lady behind the bakery counter must have felt sorry for Elle:
“You mean no color at all? Not even some pink balloons on top?”
“No, ma’am. Just plain white please. Thank you.”
(Definitely not mother of the year in her book, I can tell you that!)
Opinions aside, she sweetly obliged and for $20, we had our white cake and a free smash cake for Elle!
After adding some of my own decorations and a touch of edible glitter from Michaels, we were on our way:
4. Shop your house for decorations: