When baby girl turned 2, I decided to make the party more about her (and a bit less about the adults) and threw a fun Noah's Ark-themed bash: “Noah's friends came 2 by 2; Charlotte wants to party with you!” We had a barbecue while the kids had their faces painted, received balloon animals made by my husband the stand-in balloon artist, and went on an “animal roundup” treasure hunt. This time, I hired a gifted friend to make a gorgeous themed cake.
So Charlotte turned 3 on Sunday, and get this: No party. We had a fun family dinner for 16, cupcakes and presents, and really, Charlotte was just as thrilled as if we'd had a real party with friends, but I'm concerned that this could be the beginning of a downward trend for me.
I've heard that subsequent kids' parties never rival the first's, but come on, I haven't even given birth yet! I know I'll love baby #2 just as much (well, I don't know that, but everyone tells me so) – I just hope he doesn't feel bad when his parties are kind of lame and I take pictures only on special occasions.
This year's pictures by Sara Dermer.