First birthday parties

I went to a first birthday party on Sunday. It was a bit weird.

I didn’t go with my family, just me, and it did feel odd going to a baby’s party without a… well… baby.

I was out of that space.

It made me wonder about how the people I invited to my first born’s first birthday felt because we had quite a big party and a lot of the guests didn’t have kids.  I even had nametags.

That’s my dad holding up his one-year-old grandson.

Of course for your first child you want to have what’s really an adults party.  To thank your support group and to celebrate surviving the first year.  

It’s more about you than your child – and really – now I wish I’d bought Miss Lithuania and Smartrider a present rather than their son – who, let’s face it – is highly unlikely to hold it against me!

Yeah.  That’s a great idea.

Next first birthday party I go to – the present will be a “well done, you survived the first year” gift.

Miss L looks happy she survived huh?

I learned a new tradition – not sure if it’s Lithuanian or not – but at this party the birthday child was allowed to grab his first birthday cake.  Apparently his mum and sister got to do the same.

Have you heard of that tradition?

I think it’s kind of cute… if a bit sticky.

7 Replies to “First birthday parties”

  1. We’re inviting some childless adults to Graham’s 2nd bday in a few weeks. We’re having it at a bouncy place so they’ll probably end up having fun.
    Yes, around here, they give a separate “smash cake” for the first birthday. Graham tore into his and was covered from head to foot. I’ll have to post pictures of it sometime since I wasn’t blogging back then and never put up pictures.
    Glad you had fun at the party!

  2. We do that in the United States. Well, the baby grabs the cake…not the parents.

    For Jack’s birthday, there was some kind of deal at the grocery store. Like two cakes for the price of one? Or something like we got a small cake for free. So the kid had a whole cake to stick his hand into.

    Now that I think of it….pretty wasteful.

    Although that cake was probably better off being wasted than going into any bodies. I mean he consumed a little bit of it….but most went into the trash.

  3. I got a present for my son’s first birthday – a massage gift voucher. Surely a happy parent makes for a better parent. I now get regular massages that I have to pay for myself. I agree, first birthday parties are more for the parents surviving the first year. It’s a biggie, especially if it’s a first baby.

  4. Now – did I do that (above) or was that you CB? I’m not sure how that works – still!

    As to the little hand in the birthday cake – well, they ARE quick little hands, aren’t they?! Yep – you guessed it – right in there… blue and green icing all over him – just like his big bro… and here’s me thinking it was an accident – maybe this tradition of ‘yours’ has rubbed off on others eh???

    😉

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