I’m working on my plans for Rowan’s first birthday party. I need some feedback on whether my ideas will work or not.
Our overall plan is to do a barbecue and serve a bunch of food. There will be a cake, of course, and it will be in the shape of a caterpillar like this: http://www.amazon.com/Taggies-35650-Colours-Toy-Caterpillar/dp/accessories/B001TGRIF4 (obviously, this is a stuffed animal, not a cake. it’s the model). Since the cake will be brightly colored, I’m working on a brightly colored mixed drink for the grownups (there will be beer too, even though I don’t like beer). Something like this, probably: http://www.drinkstreet.com/searchresults.cgi?drinkid=169&drinkname=category:31
As a party favor, we’re giving out seed packets. I ordered a bag of butterfly/hummingbird garden seed from Wildseed Farms (in Texas, DH and I visited it once, and it was just beautiful there). I downloaded a template for seed packets, so I’m going to make the actual packets with Rowan’s picture and birthdate and say something (I don’t know what yet) about planting butterfly gardens. It goes along with the caterpillar cake.
When I have parties, I like for there to be something for people to do other than just stand around and talk. That being said, I’m opposed to most party games. So this is what I thought of: I’m going to get a bunch of plain wooden blocks and a lot of paint and smocks so that no one has to worry about getting paint on their clothes, and invite people to paint blocks for Rowan. Of course, people with kids can paint blocks for their own kids, and I’m certainly not going to tell any kids that are there that they can’t have a block that they made. Good idea or bad idea?
We’re going to request no gifts, because Rowan really doesn’t need anything, but I thought maybe in the invite I would tell people that if they do want to bring a gift, books are always welcome. Is that rude? I really don’t want our friends to feel obligated to bring her anything.
Any thoughts? I’m most concerned about whether the painting blocks idea will work, and if people will think its fun.