|Homemade crown for the birthday girl.|
We're having a few friends and family come over to our apartment, if the sun is shining, we'll grill some sausages and have cake later on; if it rains, we'll have some finger food indoors and cake of course. But the most important thing is to celebrate Olivia with the people that love her. It's a day to make her feel special and a day to create a new tradition. I will bake her a cake every year. Maybe the same one, maybe one she chooses. We'll have a few friends over, decorate with balloons and garlands, have music, play games (when she gets older, for now, I guess just making her laugh is enough) and enjoy the day. Nothing fancy, just special.
Planning my daughter's first birthday takes me back to my own childhood. I remember all these parties with my cousins. Every year there was a new theme (one year Ms. Piggy, other year Snow White, my brother had Alf!) where we had a piñata, some goody bags, played games all day and went home exhausted at six o'clock. It was simple and memorable. It was pure effort from the parents to make a special day. Later on, the parties started to move to Mc Donalds or Burger King where you could hire everything from the food to the cake and the kids would play in the playground. To be honest, I might have had a good time then, but now, all I remember was a generic party with no personality whatsoever. Now things have gone to an extreme in my country that parents go overboard hiring a place, catering the food, ordering a fully decorated cake (full of colors and cartoon characters that isn't appetizing at all), clowns, music, you name it! It's too much!
I hope I can say this still in ten years, but I hope that from now on, Jonas and I can manage to celebrate birthdays in a more simple way. With friends and family, at home, with a homemade cake and lots of games. We want to create memories, and with a bit of extra effort, we can do something special for our children, not going overboard and just making them feel special and loved. Creating realistic expectations and appreciation for what they have.