Now that SoJo's 1st birthday is a few weeks away, I'm in the midst of planning a little family party. The invitations finally came (thanks tiny*prints!) and have been mailed. I've been picking up some items like paper plates and cups (despite my green leanings, we don't have a sink big enough to wash all those dishes).
I've started planning a menu, and my MIL is making her awesome cupcakes, complete with the giant cupcake, which everyone goes nuts over. I've chosen a vintage circus theme, even though I have issues with circuses and their treatment of animals. Leave it to me to have an inner debate over whether I should use the circus as a theme.
Anyway, I'm borrowing my mom's chocolate fountain (between her and my MIL, they have every possible kitchen gadget ever made), and we'll have some fruit and animal crackers for dipping. Fortunately, the couple of kids who will be there are all under 2 so I'll just have to watch the adults to make sure they don't run their fingers through the fountain. The kids are too short to reach the counter.
I'm in the process of making a banner, which I'm going to post a tutorial on (love my new camera!) later this week. Other than that, it'll be a pretty simple affair, probably with a nap in the middle of it for SoJo.
I'd love to hear what you did/are doing for your child's first birthday. Was it an all-out affair? Just you and your child? I'm not opposed to big parties, but I'm more of a quiet, intimate kind of girl, and I have fond memories of my and my brothers' birthday parties at our house, just with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. And since my mom comes from a family of 15 (yes, you read that right), there was never a shortage of people, most of whom were all related to us. Luckily we had a huge yard and all of us were born between April and October so we could usually count on going outside for the festivities.
Our house is small, otherwise I'd invite more of our extended family. I don't mind the crowd, but I don't want some of the older folks to feel uncomfortable. Our couch is hard enough to get up off of as is (kicking ourselves for going with the ultra-cushy one).
Also, if you have any ideas for simple, fun food or decorations, let me know. I'm making mac and cheese, but still have to think of some more food ideas. They don't need to be fancy, but if you know me, I'm all about fancy when it comes to entertaining. Happy Monday!