Dear Crissy

Kara’s simple 1st birthday party

Simple 1st Birthday Party

Kara had a very simple 1st birthday party.

Actually, I’m not sure the word party is even fitting, because we basically just had cake and presents at my mom and dad’s house.

I felt somewhat guilty doing a simple 1st birthday party after for Kara, when I had a proper birthday party for Evan, but you know… it was still perfectly sweet, and I have to admit that skipping the fuss felt kind of nice.

Simple 1st Birthday Party Cake

Again, Mommy took the relatively-easy route. I made Kara her own special cake with pretty pink frosting. I mixed a can of store-bought pink frosting with a container of Cool Whip. My thinking was that a lighter, fluffier frosting would be easier for her to manage — and eat.

I added sprinkles, of course. A little girl’s birthday cake must have sprinkles, right?

Simple 1st Birthday Party

Of course, in true Kara fashion, she did things her way. Her way, in this case, meant she pretty much didn’t want anything to do with this ridiculous cake.

Simple 1st Birthday Party

We waited her out for a few minutes to make sure she wasn’t going to have a breakthrough and begin devouring her cake, but it was not happening.

I knew what she WOULD love and go wild for, though, because Moms know these things. I mentioned her favorite word — banana — and the girl lit up like a Christmas tree.

So, in lieu of cake, Kara enjoyed some banana chunks.

Simple 1st Birthday Party

When the time to open gifts rolled around, once again, Kara was not impressed.

Evan, on the other hand, was more than happy to help Kara open her presents. He was pretty excited about opening this one, right up until he realized it was a baby doll.

Simple 1st Birthday Party

Notice Kara’s narrow butt crawling out of the room in the background. I can just hear her saying, “whatevs”, in her little baby thoughts.

Simple 1st Birthday Party

I can’t believe this little girl is already a 1-year-old.

I guess I really wrote the birthday post in my heart last week, and this is just a re-cap of Kara’s simple birthday party.

Simple 1st Birthday Party

I love this sweet, beautiful and ornery little girl. She’s been a firecracker from day one, and I am really looking forward to finding out how her little personality will develop as she matures.

Simple 1st Birthday Party

I still relive the memories of the day I gave birth to Kara in my mind. It was such a beautiful experience, and I am keenly aware of how blessed I am to have this sweet little angel.

Simple 1st Birthday Party

Happy Birthday to my little girl!

Have you ever thrown an intimate, simple birthday party for your child? Did you regret not having the BIG 1st birthday party?

Crissy Page

Crissy Page is the founder and CEO of Dear Crissy and Parent Pretty. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two spirited and super-cool kids.

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  1. Aly Mashrah — December 18, 2012 @ 5:18 am (#)

    Zach turned one on May 12th and we were getting ready to pack up for our trip overseas to visit my husband on the 14th, so Zach didn’t even get a proper birthday party. I didn’t even make or buy him a cake or presents because we were so busy packing. I did dress him him and put a birthday hat on him but the entire day I just felt so sad and guilty that I couldn’t give him a proper first birthday.

    This year I’m going to do my best to make his second birthday rock out loud. I’m hoping his dad will be able to finally get his Visa so he can come to the US and we can finally be an actual family.

    Kara looked like she was in her own little world but I’m sure deep down she appreciated it (:


  2. Anastasia @ eco-babyz — December 18, 2012 @ 9:14 am (#)

    We do simple birthdays for both our kids and have never regretted it :) Much to the dismay of extended family who want big feasts (I’m not interested, thank you)


  3. Peggy — December 18, 2012 @ 9:19 am (#)

    Happy Birthday to her. She is beautiful, and your pictures say more than 1000 words!!!


  4. Brittany — December 18, 2012 @ 9:39 am (#)

    Happy birthday to Kara! The pictures are gorgeous and she sounds like so much fun!


  5. Allyson Bossie — December 18, 2012 @ 9:42 am (#)

    With my first, we did elaborate. However, now that I have four, we only do simple. It’s so better, relaxing, enjoyable, no stress, and they don’t know to miss all the frills!


  6. grace at {Gabbing with Grace} — December 18, 2012 @ 9:58 am (#)

    We’ve went “big” for all of them except the oldest’s 4th party which happened to be 1 day after we brough his newest little brother home from the hospital. We had just one set of grandparents over & kept it simple since I could still barely walk properly from pushing out the newest big headed baby. Every other year though I have loved big parties. And especially because my boys’ birthdays are 10/19 & 10/21. It’s really the only big party we do, since I don’t host Thanksgiving or Christmas. I LOVE doing simple for Christmas though & my hubby’s birthday is 12.24! =)


  7. Maria — December 18, 2012 @ 10:38 am (#)

    Happy Birthday Kara!
    She is beautiful enjoy her they grow up too fast!
    I have three girls and my oldest is 25 and she is a nurse..
    God bless your Family :)


  8. Ellen Christian — December 18, 2012 @ 10:44 am (#)

    Those are absolutely gorgeous photos & wonderful memories. They grow up so quickly!


  9. tanyetta — December 18, 2012 @ 10:49 am (#)

    small and intimate is ALWAYS the way to go. immediate family with grandparents if they are local and that’s IT! :)


  10. Christine Mayfield — December 18, 2012 @ 10:54 am (#)

    Every first birthday for my first 4 children has been extremely simple with just a few friends, a cake, spaghetti, chicken tenders and salad. It is so much fun and I cherish those first birthdays. For my 5th baby I still have 11 months to have a birthday party for him. I don’t believe in the big fuss for a 1 yr old it is too much time, money and headache.


  11. janet Blum — December 18, 2012 @ 10:55 am (#)

    I love what you did for Kara. The big 1 year old birthday bashes are certainly not for the child at all, but for the parents. As you noted, a one year old is oblivious to the miracle of the first year of life. It is a time for YOU to marvel over the miracle of giving birth and the changes that occur throughout the first year. I liked that you made the cake and had the candle. She will look at the pictures in the future and appreciate. Save the birthday bashes for when they are old enough to actually WANT it. (that is IF they want it, my daughters never wanted it)


  12. Karen Ziemkowski — December 18, 2012 @ 11:04 am (#)

    happy birthday to Kara! I love these photos! she’s such a doll!


  13. Cindy Orley — December 18, 2012 @ 11:05 am (#)

    Such a sweetie!


  14. Lisa Brown — December 18, 2012 @ 11:26 am (#)

    Now THAT’S the way birthdays were meant to be. Simple & beautiful! :)


  15. Jennifer — December 18, 2012 @ 11:47 am (#)

    We’re debating on a kind of modified “big” birthday. After a little investigation into one of our little one’s favorite movies, “Bailey: The Lost Puppy,” I discovered that the wildlife refuge where the movie takes place is only a 3-4 hour drive from our home. So, instead of a big, blow-out party with family and friends, we’re tentatively planning her first big trip for her birthday.


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