Planning a first birthday party to remember

**All photos by Charlotte de López **

This past weekend, our precious baby girl turned one. While we are so proud of how big she’s getting and how much she is learning, we are a little taken aback by what a quick year it has been.
There were many snafus and the party almost didn’t happen. But before we talk about everything that went wrong, Let’s talk about what went well.

I really loved our  Very Hungry Caterpillar theme and all the decorations. Our table cloths, banners, treat bags, napkins and paper lanterns came from Oriental Trading.  I made the paper caterpillar with the pictures on them.

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Our daughter’s dress, diaper cover  and hair bow came from Etsy.

The cakes came from  Central Bakery in Asheboro, NC.

Now for the snafus. Chick-fil-A lost our order but handled it with grace.   They quickly put together our order and everything was fine.

Aubrey's First Birthday

In my scurry to get everything finished, I forgot all about getting balloons. Who has a child’s birthday party without balloons? Luckily, my parents were able to save the day.

Aubrey's First Birthday

In the grand scheme of things, the party went well.   Everything went well and everyone seemed to have fun.

Aubrey's First Birthday
Aubrey’s First Birthday

Especially the guest of honor.

If you want your child’s birthday to be a success and avoid the snafus, consider the following tips:

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To download, right click and save it to your machine. It’s free!

  1. Create a checklist and do as much of the party prep early (as possible). This is an area in which I could have done better, and then those snafus wouldn’t have happened.
Aubrey's First Birthday
Aubrey’s First Birthday

2. Delegate, delegate, delegate. You can’t do everything, and if you try, you’re going to be too stressed to enjoy the party (and yourself), and you’re going to forget things.

 

Aubrey's First Birthday
Aubrey’s First Birthday

3. Hire a photographer. You are going to be way too busy to do it yourself. We had a friend of ours from church, who is also a photography student, photograph our party. I’m glad, too, because she is incredibly talented and she captured several shots that I love!

Aubrey's First Birthday
Aubrey’s First Birthday

4. Relax and enjoy the day. Things will go wrong. It won’t be perfect. Don’t let that get in the way of your fun. Make memories and enjoy your family. Before you know it, you’ll be celebrating their birthday next year.

Happy party planning! Please feel free to download my checklist. It’s free, and all you have to do is right click on it and save it to your computer.

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