How my son’s 1st birthday party turned out OK

Mumfidential

If Dougie, my little boy, could have told me what he wanted on the joint christening/1st birthday party we recently held for him, he would probably have said “lots of smiling faces and a few saucepan lids to play with”.

But I spent months planning the thing. List after list and weeks of finding new ways to put extra pressure upon myself – sound familiar?!

I lovingly made “baby friendly” ketchup along with lots of banana goodies

Me being me, I needed somehow to validate my existence whilst I’m not officially working and therefore came up with a  “Cheeky Monkey” theme. We sourced party bits and bobs from Party Pieces and Party Delights that were perfect for our cheeky monkey.

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I (of course) decided to prep all the food for 60 people myself. The hubby was ordered to barbecue hotdogs, for which I lovingly made “baby friendly” ketchup along with lots of banana goodies (obviously).

I spent the entire afternoon before the party making a giant monkey cake, which Dougie (being allergic to dairy) couldn’t even sample, but it was my right of passage as a mother wasn’t it?!

Unfortunately the day was a complete and utter washout. No BBQ, the bouncy castle was cancelled and I even forgot to serve the special baby ketchup.

It felt like chaos trying to manage 60 people aged 0 – 90 indoors! Did Dougie give a monkeys (ahem…_)?! No, of course he didn’t – he found a nappy sack to play with and he was delighted that he got to try (oven cooked) sausage for the first time.

Luckily, he had no idea that the party didn’t turn out quite as I had envisaged – had he been five the cancelled bouncy castle might have been a different story… However I soon realised that the most important aspect was having everybody there to celebrate the three of us surviving our first year. It didn’t matter that we couldn’t play monkey piñata. Honestly why do we mum’s set ourselves up for insane guilt and stress? It’s totally self-imposed!

Anyway, one aspect of the day I was particularly pleased with was the outfit that I sourced for Dougie. I had found it particularly tricky to find a smart outfit for a little boy.

I presume that for little girls it is relatively easy to find gorgeous dresses and shoes, but boys seem to be lumped with cheap looking mini-adult suits (and I find dressing kids as adults a bit odd).

The day-to-day brands I usually resort to look a bit baggy, which isn’t ideal for photos. Plus Dougie is definitely not a christening gown kind of guy! So, much to my husband’s despair, I resorted to the more expensive brands, as these do tend to fit better. I finally came across the perfect outfit on Melijoe – a checked Petit Bateau shirt with Ralph Lauren chinos.

I presume that for little girls it is relatively easy to find gorgeous dresses and shoes, but boys seem to be lumped with cheap looking mini-adult suits (and I find dressing kids as adults a bit odd).

I presume that for little girls it is relatively easy to find gorgeous dresses and shoes, but boys seem to be lumped with cheap looking mini-adult suits (and I find dressing kids as adults a bit odd).

If they hadn’t been in the sale I would have struggled to justify spending more on Dougie’s tiny outfit than my husband’s! I was a bit wary of ordering online as it is difficult to tell the sizing but my luck was in and they fitted perfectly. Even more of a bonus is that they are easy to clean and Dougie was comfortable.

So all in all things turned out OK! Now I’d better start getting on with the spreadsheets for his 2nd birthday party – it’s going to have
a circus theme…

PS I managed to find my Ted Baker dress at 50% off in the House of Fraser sale and LK Bennett shoes at over £100 off.

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