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.
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?