As I mentioned last year, I am determined to not allow my daughter's close-to-Christmas birthday to be overshadowed by the holiday. I LOVE birthdays. Love them. Especially my own. But Lila's is almost more fun for me than my own. And her first birthday party was awesome. I joked that it was really more for me than for Lila. And it was. I mean, she won't remember it anyway. First birthdays are really more about celebrating the fact that we, as parents, made it through year one. And for that matter, second birthdays are kind of the same - just maybe the percentages eek a little more toward her side as far as for whom the party is thrown. It's like 70/30, me/Lila this year.
Last year, we had a little birdie theme for her birthday party and I went a little bit crazy. Evidently I was desperate for a creative outlet. And I'm a sentimental fool who loves traditions so of course, I had to implement a few traditions for celebrating Lila's birthday. Ornaments for party favors, little notes for people to write down favorite memories or things that characterize Lila for that year, etc.
I made these:
|little notes for the birthday girl|
|brownie bite toppers (did NOT make the brownie bites themselves. thank you, Costco)|
|party favors: birdie ornaments|
|happy birthday banner|
The ornaments were definitely the most time consuming and Eric had to endure finding bits of felt in our bed every night and the all-too-frequent out loud wondering, "Where did I put my needle?" In fact, despite our no-Christmas-presents-for-one-another rule, he splurged and bought me a pin cushion for my stocking. Perhaps it was more of a gift for himself to avoid the whole needle in the
So since the ornament party favors are simultaneously my favorite birthday tradition and the most time consuming project, I'm already getting started on this year's ornament. Here's a peek:
|pardon the poor quality iphone picture|
Can you guess what this year's theme is? One of Lila's favorite things these days: butterflies! Oooh...I'm excited! And Lila is, too. Or at least she thinks she is. I keep asking her if she wants a butterfly birthday party and she says, "Yes!" with great enthusiasm even though she has no idea what a birthday party is. I think she just senses my excitement and wants to be on board.
Okay, back to work. Those butterflies won't make themselves. Now...where did I put my needle?
P.S. All photos (except for my crappy iphone pic) were taken by the awesome and sweet Jewel Anderson. Check her out here.
* I made the invitations using a photo I found doing a google image search for bird drawing or something like that and then doctoring the picture a bit in photoshop. I feel bad that I can't give the artist credit, but I tried to find it again and it got lost in cyberspace, I guess.