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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wordful Wednesday

One of the milestones in every family is the first birthday of a new baby. As Mekhi's birthday approached I asked my friends with children how they celebrated this milestone. The answers varied from a full party for thirty to small intimate gatherings. I also read articles on several parenting sites for suggestions. From the "professional" perspective you should double a child's age and invite that number of children to the party.

I was caught somewhere in the middle. I wanted to honor this day-my husband and I made it through the first year and a celebration was called for. I also recognized that spending a great deal of money on something my son would not remember was not the most practical thing to do. I settled on a very small party - attend by my mother, husband and Mekhi.

And I planned as if a cast of thousands would attend - okay, I am exaggerating butI did run around buying party goods and gifts. And the day was wonderful. The evidence is right here.
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51 comments:

Dawn said...

I think that was the perfect party for Mekhi! Congratulations on being a contributing writer! I will go check it out!

Caity said...

happy birthday Mekhi! :)

angie said...

Wow, Renee. You are all over the bloggosphere. Congrats. Sounds like Mekhi's party was perfect. I did big parties for my oldest and my youngest, and they were all for me....My babies that had just a family party liked them better. :)

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

Yeah for your little man!

Weeksie50 said...

What a cutie.

mannequin said...

Well you posh little mama you!
I'll go check it out; if YOU'RE there, it's gotta be happenin"!

I agree that a small intimate party is best at this age. They get overwhelmed with big ta do's and stress is not what they need on their special day. What a cute little outfit he's wearing. I'm glad it was special and your mom could be there.

ali said...

My oldest is 6 and we still do the small get together with immediate relatives. I'm not looking forward to the invite-everyone-from-school shindigs that are soon approaching!

mrsbear said...

I think small is the way to go for a first birthday too. He looks like he had a ball. :-)

Maternal Mirth said...

That party was perfect! My kids have always wanted small parties, even as they got older.

CONGRATS :)

MomMega said...

What perfect timing, as my son's first birthday is next weekend! What a sweet little party, mine will be chaos!

And I am going over to Posh Parent NOW! Cute boy clothes are ALWAYS so hard to find!

Kelly said...

he's so stinkin' cute! happy ww!

Ms. Bar B: said...

Congrats on the new gig and it looks like Mekhi had a great 1st birthday. I think it means a lot to small children to be surrounded by their favorite people who are fussing all over them on their special day =)

Keep It Classy, Jen said...

He is just SO cute! I stress about Bostons B-day and he's only 8 months!!! Thanks for the shout out! We are very lucky to have you as a contributing writer!

Threeboys1mommy said...

I went big on all 3 first b-days. I made a small clip (30 secs.) of the latest 1st party, it's a pretty good summary of how most 1st birthdays go.

http://www.vimeo.com/1421322

Sage and Savvy said...

How cute! Everyone is different--I know some parents do go all out and spend hundreds, even thousands, whereas others like just close family and friends around. For DS we had a rather party for about 200 (typical in Hawaii), but for the next baby I know I want it a lot smaller. Too much work =)

And that was the perfect party you threw--just the three of you. What matters is not how many people were there or how much you spent, just that he was with people who love him!

Elizabeth said...

Happy birthday to Mekhi! Congrats on the new venture. I'll pop on over and check it out.

RookieMom Whitney said...

I think that however you want to celebrate it makes sense. It's really your milestone!

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

Great pic! He is just sooooo cute. I loved your article on the Posh Parent. How fun!

Have a great day!

jyl

Birthday in a Box said...

Happy Birthday to adorable little Mekhi! We have a First Birthday Party section on our website where we give tips, and we’ve always said that first birthdays are definitely for the parents – a celebration for making it through the first wonderful year! So, congrats to you as well!

Heather
Birthday in a Box
www.birthdayinabox.com

Solei said...

he looks so happy and cute!!!
and i *luv* your diaper cakes too.
=0D

Kacey Randolph said...

Aaaah! I love 1st birthdays - its such a time to celebrate for the baby(ies) and the parents. Its a great milestone and it looks like you celebrated it perfectly. Mekhi looks so happy and that is all that matters! Happy Birthday!

Mamasphere said...

If you don't have a ton of money to blow, then small parties are PERFECT. We had a big family BBQ, and even that was overdoing it, and we havne't repeated our mistake. Your son is going to love seeing those pictures when he gets older!

mommaof4wife2r said...

happy bday little guy! and he is more than happy...good work momma!

Ruthie said...

Happy Birthday little Mekhi!! Totally presh!

I totally agree, and glad I found someone that shares the same ideas that I have about birthdays. We did something small for ours to this year, because honestly we just couldn't afford much more. Sounds like his day was perfect!

And thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! :)

Lisa said...

Hope he had a wonderful day. Happy Birthday Baby boy!!!

By the way, how do you show the drop down menu for the button? I would love to post the links that I love and/or have a link love area.

Thanks in advance...

Melissa said...

Awe, Happy Birthday Mekhi! There is nothing like the 1st birthday!!

I hope y'all enjoyed.

fly tie said...

i love that it was such an intimate celebration. happy bearthday to the baby! :-)

Tammy W said...

YAY! I always loved those first Birthdays!!!! You are a beautiful Mommy!

Connie said...

Enjoy your baby's birthday the way you want! He's yours to spoil :)

Congrats on your new writing gig too. Awesome news!

Ronda's Rants said...

Happy Birthday to such a sweet little one!!! Congrats on your contributing writer...I shall check it out!

ImitationAngel said...

He's very cute. Looks like he enjoyed all the fun and attention. Congrats on the new writing gig.

Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

Awwww! We've got a first birthday coming up but we've also got a 5th birthday 1 week later so we're doing them together...but small.

Congrats on the contributing writer gig, they are lucky to have you!

Carol said...

That right there is one cute kid!

And I love seeing your bootie cakes as I drop by. Diaperly Divine!

shimumsy said...

aw! happy birthday to your sweet little girl.

~Trish~ said...

Very sweet! Thanks for stopping by my blog when it was featured last week! I'm still trying to catch up with all the comments I got!!

CaraBee said...

That sounds like the perfect party to me! As we approach our daughter's first birthday, we're torn between a big get together with all of our friends and just a small party with family. I think we're leaning towards the latter, for exactly the reasons you mentioned. He is SUCH a cutie!

AVT Coach said...

Cognrats on the guest post! That's a new one for me. I have enjoyed your posts about Peace day and also your comments led me to NieNie Recovery. What an amazing story, I am praying for her as well. Thanks for all you do on your blog!

Petula said...

Congratulations on the writing gig and the one-year milestone.

Sara said...

The first bday was a hard decision for us too. We went with just family and one 1 year old friend. I was perfect!

Susan said...

I am a fan of the small family party for one year birthdays. I actually think that gives THEM more attention whereas when there is a big party with lots of other kids, it is less about them and more about socializing.
Happy Birthday to adorable Mekhi!

Zip n Tizzy said...

Happy Birthday to your little guy!
And I think on the 1st b-day, you could and should invite more than 2!

Good N Crazy said...

Cute pic. Love that you kept it small but how did you say...planned as if a cast of thousands...

He's sweet.

Babette said...

Happy Birthday to Mekhi! :) I love kids' birthdays, it's so special.

Kristen Andrews said...

Happy Birthday Mekhi! I know I spent so much time trying to plan the perfect party and I even made an organic frog cake that nobody would eat. Looks like you had fun! Congrats on writing for The Posh Parent!

Joanie said...

Happy Birthday, Mekhi!

I think you did a great job with the party. I've never been much of a "let's invite the world and spend all our money on a party" person. I think birthdays are meant to be celebrated by those who are most involved in your life, those who appreciate your growth and development. We live in a place where every Spendy McSpenderson has some over-the-top party that simply can't be beat and my son has actually started to decline those invitations...on his own! "Mom, they don't even seem to like any of their presents or have time to talk to anyone there."

Family, when they're around, is best. Otherwise, a couple of close friends, love, and a little cake is all you need.

Da Goddess

Zen Ventures said...

Hey belated!(better late than never:) You did an awesome job! I don't think I made that much success during my baby's 1st! lol! I'm sure Mekhi had soooo much fun!!!! He looks dashing! And you look good yourself! Did you just have a haircut? your hair look short in that photo.

Staci said...

I looks like ya'll had a wonderful party!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Days like These! said...

so cute! Happy Birthday to your blessing ;)

Mom on the Rise said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and CONGRATS to both you and your hubby for making it through your first year.

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