i can't believe that my little butterball's first birthday is about six weeks away. after planning two parties for his older brother, i've learned a few things about kids' parties - first birthday parties are really for parents & older siblings to get together and play, no one will blink an eye or miss a beat if you don't have a theme, as long as there's good food & things to keep kids busy, people will be happy. oh and most importantly, schedule around nap time. both for your kids and theirs. otherwise, either no one will come, they'll come late, or you'll be stuck with a bunch of grumpy children, including your own.
which brings me to this year's great idea: a saturday morning birthday party. parents and kids can come, eat some brunch, let their kids run around until they're tired enough for nap, and have the rest of the day to do whatever it is they need to get done. and really, is there anything better than brunch food?!