We've never done it like that, though, at our house. I tried (really, I tried!) to keep it low-key for Jaina's first birthday. But once I invited one family from the neighborhood, I realized that it would be nice to invite another family from the neighborhood, and then I couldn't leave out the other family from the neighborhood, too. Then there were friends from MOMS Club and from the library storytime. And close friends of the family. And of course, family!
We ended up having so many people that some guests had to sit on our stairs and on our front porch to eat cake.
With Jayce's first birthday party, pretty much the exact same thing happened.
The only difference with Jocelyn's party is that Brian put his foot down about NOT having it at the house.
Where on earth are we going to find a place to have a one year old's birthday party in January?
Too cold for parks, too young for pretty much anything else.
I finally had the great idea to call the Gymboree Play and Music gym in a neighboring town. Perfect!
(well, except for the fact that ages 5 and older can't play. I had some pretty bored big kids that had to occupy themselves with a game of Bingo and some crafts).
Despite the big kids not being involved, the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers had a ball! (10 little ones in all!)
Her cake was another wonderful creation by Cakes by Dodi...
You know how much Jocelyn loves her monkey :)
All in all, it was a great birthday!
I couldn't take pictures of her with her cake (she was hilarious and wouldn't really touch it without using a fork!) but as soon as I get some, I'll upload them in another post!