The (Pregnant) Procrastinator's Guide to Throwing Your Child's First Birthday Party

I am a recovering Pinterest addict. When I first joined the site, I went on pinning rampages (winter in Utah w/ a 6 month old-- what else was I to do?). I ended up with over 3000 pins within a few months, which is maybe, kind-of, I concede, a little excessive. Now I have cut back to 20-30 pins and max 30 minutes a week, I swear, husband. But one of those lovely time-wasting afternoons was spend on Isla's first birthday party. It has to be big! It has to be cute! It has to be whimsical! It has to be vintage! Balloon backdrops! Gorgeous banners! Paper Pinwheels! Cupcake displays! Food platters w/ corresponding chalkboard labels! Perfect Photo ops! After mulling it over for a few days, I decided an owl theme fit perfectly, and the Great Pinning Binge of 2012 began.

Look whoooooooooo's turning one!! I mean, really, the invitations practically wrote themselves. After finding many decorations and many owl cupcakes, it was set. Isla was going to turn one in style. At least, that was the plan back in February and March.

This did not happen. Professional Procrastinator Tracie at your service. Add in a pregnancy, and the procrastination more than triples. Need to throw a party last minute? You can do it too, in 11 steps or less.
The (Pregnant) Procrastinator's Guide to Throwing Your Child's First Birthday Party

Step 1: Get pregnant and have your child's first birthday fall right when you're having the worst morning sickness. Daily ab exercises in bathroom provided generously by baby-alien a definite plus to helping you feel your worst. (Can skip this step if you want to just procrastinate planning the party.)

Step 2: Procrastinate. Don't think or do anything for a party until three days before your babe turns one. Plan on not having a party because you are feeling so sick. Presents and cake are good enough, right?

Step 3: Wrong. Mother guilt. This is one of the most important steps, as guilt is one of the best motivators. Feel extreme guilt for not planning a party. Guilt for obviously not caring for your child enough to spend countless hours on Pinterest-inspired decorations & food with 100 guests present to prove to world your love for birthday child.

Step 4: Stress. Stress stress stress. This is another excellent motivating tool. Stress sometimes gives me an adrenaline rush which helps give me the energy I need to accomplish things I have procrastinated. Try to use stress for good and not to freak out unnecessarily on husband or self or end up crashing on couch doing nothing.

Step 5: Take sis-in-law's generous offer to use backyard w/ pool for party. Roll yourself off the couch that you've been occupying since Pregnancy Week 4 and peruse internet for easy theme for party. Bees are cute. Isla's favorite book is Peek-a-who? by Nina Garcia. I used another book by Nina for inspiration. What best describes a hyper, fiesty, sassy, stubborn, giggling girl that never stops running? Busy Bee? Ok, sounds good.

Step 6: Find easy & delicious-looking recipe for cupcakes & smash cake.


Step 7: Make cupcake toppers on Photoshop & print.

Step 8: Rush around to stores day before to get balloons, baking supplies, toys & books for presents, food for barbeque, outfit for birthday girl, decoration supplies from Hobby Lobby, all while toting the soon-to-be birthday girl and trying to keep that handful of Cheerios down. Silently freak out that those balloons you picked up on the first stop (dumb dumb dumb) might be deflated by the time you get home because it's a hot day, and hot in the car. Running errands on an hour's time limit makes life fun, right?

Step 9: Stay up until midnight stressing yourself out while making birthday banner, high chair banner & imperfect cupcake toppers because you don't have this.

Step 10: Delegate all BBQ food responsibilities to husband so you don't lose it.

Step 11: Have party go off without a hitch, minus the fact that you might be an hour late to party. If baby loves at least one toy and falls asleep from exhaustion while swinging at the end of the party, it's been a success.

THE RESULTS:
Happy Birthday, sweet baby girl. We love you so much.

 Even though she did not want to eat the cake (the singing scared her too much), she ended up with a cute but simple birthday party, with pictures to prove it when she's older. Well done, mother-guilt & stress. I shall see you another day, I'm sure.

16 comments :

  1. It's funny you post this today as Tanners birthday is tomorrow and his party is Saturday! I have bought decorations and ordered the cake but will be rushing around tomorrow trying to get BBQ food and Saturday morning trying to find a good spot at contra Loma! Ugh it is stressful! I couldn't imagine being prego on top of that lol

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    1. Ah, Megan, you got the cutest pictures of Tanner for his birthday! He did such a good job on his cake, unlike Isla, ha. You did great! But I bet you're glad the stress is over :)

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  2. Tracie... you are not alone! You are blessed with a beautiful family too. Happy Birthday sweet baby girl!!
    Thank you so much for joining us in Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop! With His grace, wishing you peace and many blessings to you and yours… Carla

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  3. So cute! Even though I am not pregnant, I procrastinate everything anyways. These are some great tips! Stopping by from MBC. Hope to see you at True Aim!

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  4. Before I was a parent I thought throwing birthday parties for babies and toddlers was ridiculous. They'll never remember I would say. Now, I'm a parent and stressing about who I'll invite to Carter's birthday in November--4 months away. What happens to us when we become parents? I think pinterest and other things, while a great inspiration, can make us feel like we have to go above and beyond. When, in fact, our children will be happy if we just don't have a mental break down planning said birthday. Way to still pull it off. Looked cute and now I'm craving those cupcakes. Hope I can pull it off as well :)

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    1. I know... I used to mock it, too. What happened to me?? You are ultimate baker, I already know your party will be fabulous!

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  5. This sounds so much like our 1st bithday party last year - except I wasn't preggers. I enjoy your blog. If you're interested in following back, I'm at raisedinraleigh.com

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  6. You go girl!!! Her party turned out beautiful. I loved your post though!!! I can't wait to read more from you. I'm your newest follower by the way, Hi. Please feel free to check out my blog totally_rachel and follow along

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  7. The party looked like it turned out to be a hit!! Love the decorations! Happy Birthday to a super cute little girl!! Love the pictures of her falling asleep in the swing. So cute !!

    Stopping by via the 99% Weekday Exposure Hop...

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  8. happy birthday cute pie!lovely photos!Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. Wishing you a wonderful weekend xo

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  9. Miss Isla is one year old! Amazing! It looks like you're doing a great job, Mom Tracie. She's a happy girl. That's the most important thing. I've added you to my blog list. We're at bmrtmr.blogspot.com if you wanna see cute Dillon pictures.

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  10. What an awesome b-day party! LOVE IT!!!
    Cheers,
    Char :)

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  11. Oh my heck! This turned out SO cute!! Did you ever think of becoming a party planner on the side! Seriously! Geez! I love it! Once again, you never cease to amaze me! Love the pic on Isla on the chair! Darling!

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    1. Thanks, Tiff! You need to let me design Baby Z's cupcake or cake toppers for her birthday!

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  12. She is so cute! I wish her a very happy (late) birthday. I hope she had the best day ever!

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