A Lemon Affair: Adding zest to a 1st birthday party

You did it!  You successfully survived your first year of parenting with most things still intact (aside from your sanity and social calendar).  I know millions of people have done it before you and millions will do it after you, but you still deserve an award, or at least a stiff drink.

When the time comes to celebrate that first birthday, it can be a bit overwhelming.  It’s not just a birthday party, after all, it’s a we-survived-and-so-did-this-tiny-human-we-made-but-how-did-the-time-go-by-so-fast-and-i-need-a-drink-because-everyone-is-asking-me-when-I’m-having-another-baby-and-my-boobs-haven’t-even-recovered-from-this-one-yet, kind of party.

If you’re wondering just what to do to celebrate that momentous occasion, check out this first birthday bash that my talented friend and her husband threw for their main “squeeze.”  I have to mention, she is a professional event manager so every last drop of this party is perfection!

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Dream it, scheme it, don’t forget to THEME it!

Coming up with a theme is just fun.  This is probably one of the few birthdays where you will get the final decision, so choose wisely.  Before you know it you’ll be planning an obscure “Rango” party and wondering how in the world you’re going to create and explain an armadillo cake for your guests. Continue reading

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Some gifts you just don’t forget

When I was a little kid, I got a real, working, mini laminator machine one year for Christmas.

You read that correctly.

A laminator.

As you can probably imagine my reaction was one of complete shock and utter…. ELATION!!!!  Oh yeah baby!  I got right to work, laminating anything and everything I could get my hands on (there’s nothing like the smell of burnt plastic in the morning).  Continue reading

Skip the toy, build a library

In honor of my little November baby, this month I want to highlight all things surrounding birthdays.  With that said I will be showing a brief clip from my birthing process that truly captures the beauty of childbirth….No you crazies! I will NOT be showing that.  I do, however, feel comfortable showing you pictures of her first birthday, as there was less screaming and minimal nipple exposure. Continue reading