Owen’s First Birthday Party

All of my pregnancies had the same basic due date.

Which means that I now have four kids with birthdays within days of each other.

Trying to squeeze in parties gets tricky, complicated by the busy-ness of summer.

So although Owen doesn’t actually turn one until July 11th, we threw his birthday party on June 22nd.

Which also happened to be our 11th anniversary.

Not that we celebrated or anything.  Although Andy did buy me some cards and a 5 pound bag of gummi bears.  And I had nothing for him.  Nada.  Zilch.  In fact, I may or may not have forgotten entirely.  Because I’ve gotten progressively dumber with each baby.  I’m pretty sure my IQ is somewhere approaching that of a grapefruit.  I swear I used to be smart.  Back in the day.

So all of that to say that we were BUSY.  Like, throwing a first birthday party was about the last thing I had time for.  Those Pinterest boards I have of great party ideas?  Digital dust is growing on them.

It was a low key event, with mostly just family.


There were no games or organized events.

Just hanging out.  Passing babies around.  Sitting with great grandmas.


And of course trampoline jumping.

The party was on a Saturday, and I started thinking about it/planning it on…Thursday?  Yeah.

I usually start party planning months in advance.  Like, for real.  Because I like throwing parties.


I knew I had ZERO time (or energy) to put together a ton of details, but I still wanted to do SOMETHING.  I mean, you only get a first birthday party once, right?

So I started searching etsy and came across Busy Chickadees.  I had never ordered party printables before, but I thought I’d give it a try since I knew that custom making things myself was NOT going to happen this time.

I got a ton of compliments on the water bottle labels.  People were amazed.  Little did they know I taped them on minutes before they showed up.


Salted caramel cupcakes and plain vanilla.

The little flags took me 5 minutes to cut out and glue to a toothpick and made it look like I was put together and organized.


A birthday banner (that I’m saving for future use), a door poster, and napkin “rings”.

Boom.  It’s like I’m a DIY blogger.

Only totally not.

Bonus: the invitations mailed out earlier in the week matched too.

Dang.  Watch out.

I am a GIANT fan of this party printable business.  It was seriously so easy and quick and made everything cute with minimal effort.

This is my love language, people.

I think I might be addicted.  And I’m obsessed with this one.


The weather was seriously perfect.

Not hot.  Not cold.  Sunny and blue.

The birthday boy was creeped out by all us weirdos singing.



He seemed a little weary that he was actually allowed to eat the cupcake.



But look…the mom isn’t running over…


No sudden movements…



Now, QUICK!  Shove it all in your mouth before she notices!!!!

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And then we ruined it by subjecting him to the injustices that is the Party Hat.

He has such a hard baby life.


And you know what you do when you have a disgusting, sticky, sugary, frosting covered baby and the weather is perfect?


Owen, it’s super annoying that you’re (almost) one already.

I’m hanging onto these next two weeks ferociously.

You’re still 11 months.

Because there is NO WAY it’s been a year already.



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  1. 1

    Even your thrown together parties are way better then anything I’ve done…
    Also – are you trying to tell us something when you say “keeping the birthday banner for future use” :)
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    • 2

      Yes. I’m telling you that I’m cheap. But you know that.

      Also, that’s the beauty of this printable business…pick something out, they email you a file, you print it out…done. And it looks fancy and like you are organized. When you’re totally not.

      I’m never looking back. Ever.

  2. 3

    I love it! I have a 6 year old birthday party in a week that I have done nothing for, you may have saved me with this post!
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    Carrie R. says:

    I totally get the stress of close birthdays. All 4 of my family’s birthdays are within a month of each other. Like from May 27th to June 27th is my husband, mine, my youngest, and my oldest birthday. My husband being in May, he gets his own little thing (usually a date night). But mine and my boys are within a week of each other. Three birthdays in one week and a party on top of that. We do a combo party for the boys, but usually try to do something special for them on birthdays as well. What is really going to stink is when they get older and no longer want a combo party. Tough cookies toots.

    Oh and $20.00 for party printables? Why did I not know about this a week ago? That could have saved me so much time and energy. Will definitely look into that next year.