I cannot believe I am about to say this, but I am planning Madison's birthday party! Her birthday is in April, and well, that’s not very far away! We will be starting to build our deck soon, and plan to have it finished by her birthday. We can’t (and don’t really want to) afford to rent a place for her party, so we are just going to have it at our house! I haven’t totally decided on a theme yet, but I know I don’t want characters. And I def don’t want owls. Don’t get me wrong – I love owls, so, so much – but I just want to do something different. Since it is April and everything will (hopefully) be blooming and pretty, I’d love to go with a garden theme! Flowers and cute butterflies and such! We have tilled up a pretty good spot in our back yard for a garden, and it will hopefully add to the theme! I am looking forward to printing out all of Madison’s month to month pictures and displaying them somehow – maybe like this:
I have also found a ton of cakes that I like as inspiration, too!
I know it's not "first birthday-ish" but I really love that last one!
Of course, these are just ideas for the theme.
We will do a smash cake for Madison, but I’d either like to make it myself or get someone to follow a nice “baby-friendly” recipe. I’m not really a fan of letting her eat as much sugar as she wants (I know, it’s just my quirk as a mommy- ingredients). Has anyone made their own smash cake before? I really want cup cakes for all of Madison’s guests. That way I don’t have to cut a ton of cake :)
My sister in law had fruit skewers at my niece's birthday party, and I thought that was a fabulous idea! Hopefully we will have lots of fruits and veggies! Maybe a few cookies and such!
Husband and I also discussed a new trend for gifts...
The recipient doesn't open gifts while the guests are there. It of course has its pros and cons, and I've been on the very sad end of gift opening gone bad with grandparents and family trying beat out one another's gifts. What do you think? Hopefully all Madison will get is diapers, but I can only dream ;)
This is way out of my price range, but how's this for a party favor, huh?