Ok, I'm going to temporarily lift the ban on talking about Henry turning a year old. Temporarily, people, temporarily.
More specifically, I'm going to talk about his birthday party. I've mentioned a lot how much I love Pinterest, but some of you might not be aware there is a dark side to it. And, no I'm not talking about it's addictive nature (is that really a problem?!). I'm talking about the pressure it (and certain internet mom groups) create to throw huge, elaborate, beautiful 1st birthday parties.
I don't know, maybe this pressure existed before Pinterest, or the internet, but I'm sure the access to the information was much more limited. Now, I'm constantly confronted with beautiful images of grand parties, beautiful handmade banners, and buffet tables of organic homemade culinary delights. And I want that for Hen, and, honestly for this blog. Who doesn't want their stuff to be pinned?
But I have a problem. I have a rational side. Hen won't remember this party. Pictures of the buffet table aren't going to make it into the baby book. Also, I don't have a ton of friends here with kids. And, I don't want to seem gift-grabby by inviting all of my kidless friends. I know most of them have no interest in coming to a baby's birthday. Do you invite them anyway?
And then there is the venue problem. If I do invite a bunch of people, where do they go? Our house is small. Do we rent a venue? Where is the money coming from for that? Let's not even talk about the food! I'm trying really hard to learn to be a better cook, but I'm pretty sure Morgan suffers a lot in this department. Now I'm supposed to make delicious, pretty food for a large group? Specialty cake? Cupcakes? Dairy-free ice cream alternative?
See what I mean? Pressure. Dark side.
I am caving to the pressure some. We are going to have a small party and I'm going to make it as pretty as possible. I've decided on the theme of Robots. I'm going to make a couple of banners, and some other decorations. Also some food. Maybe a cake. Ahhh. We'll see. But here's a preview of the paper I bought for the decorations!!
Anyone else feeling the pressure? Anyone seduced by the dark side of Pinterest?