This post is bittersweet for me to write, because it means acknowledging that my sweet, strong, spunky, smart girl is closer to 1 than I want to believe but it also means that I have managed to keep her alive, thriving, and healthy for almost a year! I am excited to plan her first birthday, however knowing that she will never remember it and that life is busy as it is I plan to make it as simple (but fun!) as possible. I thought I would share a few of my tips and tricks to simplify birthday planning.
You guys I have to admit something. Something that still makes me feel terrible. I never mailed out our adorable baby announcement/thank you cards this year. I also never mailed out our Christmas cards. Why? Well because having a newborn is no joke, going back to work at 12 weeks is no joke, and I simply didn’t get around to it. There was always something (or someone) more of a priority. So going paperless makes it SO much easier to send out those cute invitation. Paperless Post makes this 100% possible, with cute designs from Rifle Paper Co., Sugar, Kate Spade and more, your options for adorable and affordable invitations are at your finger tips. Plus it is better for the environment! Easy to order and even easier to keep track of RSVP’s! I spent hours looking at their adorable designs.
I haven’t decided the exact one I will be using, PLUS I don’t want to share it until I send it out, but a few of my favorites are below!
Pre-bought finger foods
Make your life EASIER. Pick up the pre-cute vegetable platter, the fruit salad already cut and in a plastic bowl, and leave the chips in the bag (use this cute trick to make the bag party friendly). There is no reason to go overboard, make 1-2 of your most beloved dishes and no one will care that the rest was pre-bought.
If you have the option have it outside.
I clearly know that this isn’t possible if you have a winter birthday, but for Spring, Summer or Fall if weather permits, keep as much of the party outside as possible. This way your clean house stays clean other than the bathroom that guests are using. The less you have to clean up after the better!
1-2 planned activities.
Opening gifts can be one of these. If you have a few planned activities this makes awkward lulls a little easier to deal with. Play some yard games or download heads up on your phone. There is no reason to plan too much but have something in your back pocket to pull out in case things feel a little quiet or like the party might need a pick-me-up.
Pick a theme/color scheme.
Picking a color scheme or a simple theme that you can base SIMPLE decorations around. This makes it look more cohesive and makes shopping for decorations a lot easier. Make a list, pick out the decor that matches the colors or theme and call it a day!
Do you still send paper invitations? Or do anything special for birthdays in your house?