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Friday, July 15, 2011

The Big O-N-E

While still a few months away, I have been wasting spending time collecting ideas on Pinterest for C's first birthday party. Having been born on Halloween, we automatically assumed that C's birthday would be Halloween themed. We were able to pull of a tasteful Halloween theme for our wedding, so why not be able to do something fun and non-tacky for his birthday, right? Then (thank you, Pinterest) I started seeing the most adorable 1st birthday themes in bright, bold colors with amazing cakes, favors, and decorations. And bunting. Don't even get me started on the bunting.

Cute, but is it cute enough?
Now, Halloween is certainly a strong enough theme to carry a party, but at what point is enough enough? Is it really fair to C that just because he was born on a certain day that it takes over his party? Or is it just expected since well, it IS Halloween? Why am I thinking about this so much?!

In reconsidering the theme, we asked ourselves this: If C was born a week earlier or a week later, would we still make it Halloween themed? The answer was: Probably not. While we absolutely love Halloween, we didn't love it for a 1st birthday party theme. Even doing something like, "Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" would be incredibly hard and still just be pumpkins and orange/black decorations. Plus, he could wear a cute birthday outfit instead of a Halloween costume, making pictures nicer in hindsight.

The new theme we are considering is Eric Carle. You know Eric Carle - Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed Up Chameleon, etc.? Its bright, its cute, its easy - plus, Charlie has a bright green cloth diaper with the Very Hungry Caterpillar embroidered on the butt. C'mon - its fate! These are some of the inspiration that is changing my mind.

What do you think? Does a kid born on Halloween just need to buck up and enjoy celebrating one of the funnest holidays of the year every year? Is it fair to strap him with that theme and nothing else? If it were a different holiday, like Valentine's Day or Christmas, would you feel the same?

Am I crazy neurotic for seriously worrying about this?


  1. I think a Halloween birthday party could be fun, but would you do that EVERY year? And I must say I LOVE Eric Carle so I am all in favor of that theme.

  2. I love the Eric Carle idea! Cute and very age-appropriate (not that it really matters for this first one)... I've been thinking about first bday party ideas too! :o)

  3. I love the Eric Carle idea, too!!!
    Those cupcakes are adorable. The attendees could still dress up.