1st Birthday Party

Have you ever thrown a birthday party for your kids? How about a party for a one year old?! Oh my goodness I am exhausted! My son turned one year old on May 30th and had his Dr. Seuss themed party the same day. I didn't spend a lot of money on the party but a lot of planning went into it.
 I wanted to step away from the schedule and menu of most parties I've been to. I had the party at 12:30pm instead of 4pm so that 1) Aaron wouldn't be cranky and 2) I could keep the menu light. Most other parties are held late in the day close to bedtime. I wanted to make sure Aaron had a good time but wouldn't be super tired by the end of it. 
 I also didn't want to provide dinner for my guests. And who wants to stand over a hot grill in the summertime cooking hamburgers and hotdogs, then cut up toppings and worry about condiments? Not me! We just had "cold food". Pinterest came in handy when it was time to think about the menu. There was Macaroni salad, chicken salad, a veggie tray, fruit, green deviled eggs, ham sandwiches, and punch. I didn't buy any sodas but I did buy little bottles of water. I get so sick of going to functions and people leave half empty bottles of water and soda cans everywhere! It's just wasteful. My punch, "Pink Yink Ink", was just raspberry lemonade and sprite. The guests didn't leave a drop! For snacks I did colored Goldfish (Red fish, blue fish) and Crunch'n'Munch (Hop on Pop-corn).
I used a great site called Birthday Express for all of the decorations and favors. It was so convenient to pick from such a large inventory of items that had a Dr. Seuss theme. I checked both Amazon and eBay for the same items and no one could beat Birthday Express's prices. 
All together I spent just over $200. Is that bad? I didn't think so but this is my first party planning experience. Of course I'm sure I could've spent less but I've heard of worse. It was short and sweet and everyone had a great time. I was pleased with the turn out and Aaron was so well behaved. It was perfect. I had to pat myself on the back for that one. It was so wonderful to celebrate my baby's 1st birthday. Time just goes by so fast! He's walking and has teeth, he's becoming more and more independent everyday. It's both incredibly exciting and heartbreaking at the same time. I just stop and think sometimes, "Where did my baby go?" *sighs*
Thanks for reading. Have a great day.

Here's where I got the decorations: http://www.birthdayexpress.com


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