Yesterday I ordered his birthday invites through Shutterfly. Yeah, I am not crafty enough (nor do I have enough time) to do any fancy handmade invitations. Martha Stewart I am not.
We're planning on doing his party the Saturday after his birthday since his actual birthday is a Monday (damn leap year). The reason for doing it that weekend instead of two days before his birthday is the Cooper River Bridge Run is the 31st. I want to run it this year (I missed it last year for the first time in 6 years) and strollers are not allowed. We figured since the in-laws will be in town for his party they can watch him that morning for 2 hours while J and I run. Probably a little (or a lot) ambitious to plan a party for 1:00 that afternoon, but hopefully we're up for the challenge.
This isn't going to be a big fancy theme party with over the top decorations, amazing catered food, and hired entertainment. We're planning on just doing a little cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill (please please please let it be nice weather!), some balloons for him to play with and a cake for him to destroy.
We still have to figure out just who we are inviting. I don't want this to be a big thing and don't feel the need to have 30 people at a 1 year old's birthday. I particularly hope that we don't have to invite J's crazy ass aunt and awful cousin. This day is supposed to be all about Andrew and those two have a way of making everything about them (our wedding included). Ugh - I guess we'll have to sit down and work out the guest list soon.
I'm debating if I should just buy a cake for him (less work) or if I should try to get my Martha on and make one of the awesome cakes that I found online:
What do you think? Am I crazy for thinking I can make something cool like this without it ending up a complete mess? J laughed at me when I showed him these.
I guess we'll just have to see how confident I'm feeling as the big day approaches. At least I already have his birthday wardrobe picked out. I got him some 1st birthday shirts from Carter's (one for his actual birthday and one for the party). Any excuse to buy him more clothes :)
Aaaahhhhhh - I can't believe he's turning one soon!!!