When it came to the planning and execution of Weston's first Birthday I have to admit I struggled a bit on a few different levels. I had to balance what was important for this party with my own Mommy aspirations. I would have loved to go all out invite the all lovely people we have met, rent out a shelter at a park, barbecue, have a bounce house, decorate with fun things, and order a big fondant cake. My husband and I would have really had fun at that sort of thing. Weston? Not so much. His one-year-old self still needs regular naps and being that he isn't walking yet independently he only enjoys parts of the park for a little while (baby swings and crawling up the slides). Based upon Weston's schedule and comfort levels we decided to have the party at our house.
I also struggled to slay my inner-pinterest demons. I do love a party with all the trimmings. In the past I've been known to etch a beer mug with a caduceus for a med school graduation party, help build jars full of cookie ingredients for a baby shower, and I have bought more than one fabulous cake. Oh, how I love the look of pretty, all matching, party goods, pinterest worthy crafts, and beautiful fondant cakes. I literally had, stand up, shake it off, and get a hold of myself for this party. I dreamed of a mustache themed, pinterest-wonder-of-a-party however the money and time it would take just was not worth it. So I settled. I visited Target and bought primary colored basic Happy Birthday printed paper goods, matching goody bags, and a few paper balls for decor. I framed two of his first birthday photos and viola- instant easy decor with no muss or fuss.