In a few short weeks we will be celebrating our first child’s first birthday. About two weeks ago, it hit me that the date was quickly approach, and with it, came a sense of excitement that quickly turned into anxiety. And not for the reasons you are thinking. I think a lot of parents have mixed emotions about the big first birthday because it means that babyhood is officially over for their little one. But for me, the excitement and panic are entirely due to the stress of planning our daughter’s party.

If you saw my previous post about planning baby showers than you are probably wondering why someone who has worked in events is getting stressed? And I will tell you why. Living in San Francisco it seems like all of the necessary elements for a great children’s birthday party are against you: space and weather make planning this difficult.

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I have explored every option and have not come up with anything that works– it seems like something is always missing. I’ve explored parks, indoor play spaces, wineries, restaurants, everything. I know I am not alone in this stress. One of my girlfriends said she was thinking of having a cocktail party for her daughter’s 1st birthday since the party is more for the parents!

Whether it is your child’s 1st, 3rd, 15th or 21st birthday party, there seems to be a lot of pressure for parents to make it wonderful and I am trying to figure out why? We celebrate our daughter every day and love having her in our lives, what about her actual birthday makes me feel like we need to do something even more?

I am still trying to figure out the details so stay tuned, but in the meantime, I would love to hear how other parents deal with the stress? Is it better to opt for a small and intimate party or go over the top with a big bash?

One Response to The Pressure of Kids’ Birthday Parties

  1. Danielle says:

    My son is turning one on Wednesday and his party is coming up Sunday so I completed understand where you’re coming from. I dislike large crowds and planning things but my husband insisted on a big first birthday. We tried to keep it small and intimate but that’s still around 40 people. It’s sad that I can’t wait for it to be over already because I’m left with the stress of it. I’m nervous for the weather also since we’re having it at our house and we can’t fit 40 people in our house. Praying for the best and hoping I can enjoy the day rather than be stressed out all day once it’s here. Wishing you the best with planning and I hope you find time to enjoy it!

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