Planning the Bird-day Party.
For once in my life, I'm planning ahead. And that means I'm beginning to get very, very excited about BSparl's first birthday party.
I'm definitely not one of those moms who spends more on their kid's first birthday party than on their college education (and I'm also not the kind to hire actual circus animals to perform in my backyard, mostly because we're not made of money but also because elephant poop is surely enormous and I don't want it in my garden), but I am having fun planning out the little, fun details of the party coming up in April.
I'm trying to be the early bird when planning this bird-themed party for my little bird. (Holy too-many-bird-words-in-one-sentence!) But I could use a little help, if you have suggestions ...
I'm a (small) bit of a Do-It-Yourself'er, so there are some pieces of this party that I'm pulling together on my own. Like the invitations. After scouring the web and mocking up a few designs on TinyPrints and Zazzle, I wasn't able to find the simple invitation I was picturing in my head. I received a few offers from some very kind friends to have them take a crack at designing something, but I took a stab at it myself while the kid was napping, and I think they came out just like I pictured in my head:
I'm not sure where to print these out so that the quality is nice and there is a decent cardstock selection, and I'd love to hear some suggestions if you have them!
Etsy has been a fun excursion for reasonably-priced items that fit the simple theme. I bought a bird vector (because my Photoshop skills are limited) from an Etsy shop called Riekfa Design, and she sent out the images within 24 hours of purchase. I bought six birds in total (for $4!), but I'm partial to the purple one:
(This bird is sure to make an appearance throughout the party. It might end up printed out all big and stuck to the fridge, where it will most likely stay for two months.) In addition to invitation goodies, I'm scoping out cupcake and cake options (haven't decided which one I want to do), but I did find a badass cookie cutter that is perfect for the party. Actually, I'll probably bring bird cookies to every family gathering for the next fifteen years. (Christmas birds? St. Patricks' Day birds? Arbor Day birds? Oh hell yes.) This cute cookie cutter came from BigSillyWorld, another Etsy seller:
And now I'm on the hunt for cake ideas. Do I want to do birdie cupcakes like these? Or like these little peeping ones? Or a big bird cake (not Big Bird, which is awesome in an entirely different way). And if I decide to make a few gluten-free versions of cupcakes, does anyone have a recipe that tastes good and still hits the gluten-free mark? Also, what other simple little bird-themed things can I do to keep the party festive but without upping the lease on my brain?
I can't wait until this kid's bird-day. We're keeping it as simple as possible so we, as her parents, can actually enjoy the party instead of feeling like we missed it once everyone goes home.
(And hopefully our kid enjoys seeing her parents clad in party hats.)