Thinking Ahead: Spawnie’s 1st Bday Party Themes

I know it’s crazy, but I’m already day dreaming about Spawnie’s first birthday party. No, she’s not born yet and I’m already debating between ladybug theme or butterfly theme, and picturing the cake and what she’ll wear. I’m THAT CRAZY.

I’m big into princesses, but I think those parties are best served, and more enjoyed by older girls. I love looking at adorable invites, coordinating napkin holders and cupcake flags, party banners, it’s just too much! And moms throwing parties these days seem so much more coordinated. Back when I was young pinatas, party hats, and kazoos weren’t uncommon. Now, from photos I’ve seen from friend’s parties, moms have got it together and got it looking cute!
Luckily I know people, people like Jen who design party goodies and decor to use to create a fun party theme. I think I’ll be chatting with her when it’s time for me to narrow down a theme.
I’m not crafty, I’m good at pretending like I am but really, it’s all an act.

Jen, however, fell into my craft when she was planning her August 2008 wedding. She’s been involved with art her entire life, starting with drawing and painting when she was 5 years old. After she graduated college, she got a freelance job with a local rape crisis clinic and started designing all of their marketing materials, including their annual report. She designed these gorgeous monograms.

After she got engaged, it was a “no-brainer” to her that she could DIY a lot of their stationery items. Other brides started asking her to design wedding stationery for them, and it blossomed from there. She designed monograms, wedding programs, invitations… you name it, she did it! From there, she grew into designing baby stationery, and then party decor. Blush Printables was literally a three year work in progress!
Jen is 26, she had a Norwegian Forest cat named Bella for about five years, but she sadly passed away from cancer this past February. They adopted Maya in March 2009 so Bella would have a friend, and they just loved each other so very much so in March 2010, they welcomed Bailey!

Human kids are on their radar too! “We have babies on the brain and have planned to start a family within the next six months — so your blog is absolutely incredible and such a wonderful resource of information for me. I just love it!”

{New Mama Advice}
1. “This is probably a no-brainer, but always make sure that you make time for your family! Sometimes it’s easy to get overextended and have anxiety over trying to balance time between work and play. My fondest childhood memories are my dad teaching me how to play softball, going on California vacations with just my mom, and my grandparents pushing me on the swing. Both of my parents are entrepreneurs and even though they were both busy running their own businesses, neither of them ever missed an art show, a softball game, taking pictures at homecoming or prom, or being there for any other milestone in my life. My mother is an excellent example of balancing work and home life, and so is my father. I am forever grateful for the life they gave me and the sacrifices that they made.”

2. “Be assertive for what you need. Don’t be afraid to tell friends and family what you really need — let them know how helpful it would be to take on household chores [maybe someone can unload that dishwasher for you!] or help out with grocery shopping. Even help with laundry would be fantastic! Have a list of to-do items so that you don’t have to remember what you need.”

3. “Celebrate, and make new traditions! I bet if you look back to your own childhood, you have a slew of warm memories of being surrounded by your friends and family during birthdays and holidays. Carry on those same traditions, but start new ones that are unique to your new family.”

If you have Twitter be sure to check Jen out at @ohsoglam and Blush Printables on Facebook. Her new adorable behind-the-scenes blog is Blush Printables and of course here’s her Etsy Shop.

My Mini Virtual Baby Shower Week is coming to a close but Jen has offered one of my party-goers a $75 gift certificate to her shop! Anyone can enter and put it towards buying something that is ready-made or to contact her with a fully customized order.! Just visit her shop and let me know what you like in the comments! Leave a comment with new mommy advice for another entry! Or a birthday party theme idea!

You have until June 3rd 11:59pm to enter!
Random.org will choose the winner! Good luck!

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64 Comments

  1. Wow . . . a $75 gift certificate is really generous. That was really nice of her.

    I have no idea what a zazoo is, so I googled it, and the search results were condoms. What kinda children’s parties were you going to??? LOL.

  2. I totally LOVE the Blush Printables – Custom Modern Matchbook Favors. These would be great for party favors for my new business. πŸ™‚

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  3. My mommy advice is to NAP when your little girl naps! I didn’t, tried to be super woman and all it got me was almost on my way to see someone cause I thought was loosing my mind. Once I started to get more than 2-4 hours of sleep on a consistent basis life started looking so much better. Sleep when ya can mama!

    dropcqueen at yahoo dot com

  4. I love the creativity and variety of products in her shop- I never would have thought of personalizing the napkin rings or “petal tossing cones”

  5. I love the monograms and votive wraps.

    First birthday party ideas…hmmm…maybe taking the party to a children’s science musuem (I’m a nerd) and letting her and her friends play around.

  6. Maybe, you could combine the butterfly and ladybug themes some how. They’re both nature related. So, I’m sure it can be done.

  7. We are planning a rainbow polka dot party! My little miss will be 2! Her outfit is rainbow shorts with a halter top with a cupcake on it. The party table will have containers of candy in rainbow colors! I can’t wait! Have fun planning your little ones’ party! It is never too early!!

  8. another piece of advice? Involve Daddy in taking care of the baby as much as you can (w/out forcing it obviously) i was so in love w/ my first son that I created a little “mommy’s boy”, which was great until he got older and very clingy. Not healthy for the mom, or the child. Now that he’s older, it’s not an issue, though.
    sarah
    smatti78@yahoo.com

  9. I love the birthday kits…the banners are also a cute touch!!

    froggy_luver at hotmail dot com

    (It’s never too early to think about birthday parties…my baby is due on the 31st and I have been thinking about her 1st b-day party for awhile now too :D!)

  10. I really liked the polka dot and stripe suite that was in light blue. It was for a wedding but I really think that I could use it for a baby shower that I am planning.

  11. If you like Dr. Seuss, I saw a really fun Dr. Seuss bday party- of course the hat, then lots of stripes and polka dots and red, white, and blue.

  12. I did a polka dot theme for my little girl’s 1st birthday and it was so fun. From the food to the decor to the party favors, all polka dots. Simple yet way adorable.

  13. Mama advice: I may be little but I love to eat and I can eat a lot. At the hospital I was dying for more food but I didnt want to be a bother. Then I was like, you know, I just had a baby dang it! So I totally asked the nurse to bring like endless amount of food and she loved it that I wasn’t shy about it! haha You’re the boss lady so have fun!

  14. I really like the Momogram suites… My sister is getting married soon and it would be perfect. Thanks!

    Aliya D.
    aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

  15. Don’t sweat the small stuff… Take every moment and cherish it; they grow so quickly and time passes so fast in the first two years. If you’re too worried about the small things, you won’t enjoy this beautiful period in their lives. Blink and you will literally miss some amazing memories.

    Aliya D.
    aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

  16. I love the pirate themed party pack! My son is turning 3 in July and this is the theme he asked for. Love it!

    katrinasevin(at)aol.com

  17. New Mommy Advice: Setup a “baby duty” schedule with your husband. We do this and it helps me keep my sanity. Everyone needs some personal time to do non-baby related things and this will let you plan things in advance.

  18. I was reading a copy of Parent’s magazine and they had a really cute “Twister” theme party with accessories and favors that were dotted just like the game. I liked that it was non-traditional.

  19. I just recently introduced a new offering to my tea party catering business~ CANDY BUFFETS. I have spent quite a bit of time researching candy buffet labels and happily stumbled upon Blush Printables. I adore her products and find them classy yet hip…. I will be contacting her with or without a gift certificate win. Many Thanks and good luck to both of you in baby and business endeavors!!
    Britta of http://www.brittasteaparties.com

  20. I love the printable banner! That would be perfect for a project I have in my for my little girl’s nursery!
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  21. I just had a space party theme for my son and it was a “blast”. I have a little graphic designer/artist in me so I made the invitations, the cupcake toppers, and the banner.
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  22. New mommy advice, my second child just had his first birthday, and I think the one thing I have enjoyed looking back at for both my kids is the daily journal I kept for the first three months of their life. I would write ten minutes at night about the day and I also used it to keep track of feedings, poops and pees, and also my meds for the first couple of weeks. I had C-sections.
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  25. I love the printable banner! That would be perfect for a project I have in my for my little girl’s nursery!
    worldofdennifer(at)gmail(dot)com

  26. I just recently introduced a new offering to my tea party catering business~ CANDY BUFFETS. I have spent quite a bit of time researching candy buffet labels and happily stumbled upon Blush Printables. I adore her products and find them classy yet hip…. I will be contacting her with or without a gift certificate win. Many Thanks and good luck to both of you in baby and business endeavors!!
    Britta of http://www.brittasteaparties.com

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