I'm planning my daughter's 1 year birthday party and it is quickly escalating to a debutante ball-like occasion.
Originally there were to be a few friends and family. People Isabella has seen at least twice in her 12 months of life. Now it has grown to include people that I have maybe met twice in MY lifetime. How do I reign it in?
For example, our neighbor's husband was killed last week, he's a trucker, and we went to visit the wife and extend our condolences as well as a casserole (a first-time recipe casserole so she'll either hate us or love us for it). Upon leaving and among hugs of grievance, my husband spews "Isabella is 1 next month, you'll come to the party won't you?". There were far too many strange eyes in that room for me to shoot him The Look, so I just tried to send frantic ESP messages to his brain. No such luck. So that's at least 5 more people to the party (she has a child and a sister with two children living with her).
Now I'm having to practice a breathing technique similar to that I learned in childbirth class that never got put to use. How do I stop the madness? There's Hubby's friend who doesn't like children but has a new girlfriend we've never met and only till recently thought didn't exist. And an aunt who's one of the least nice people on earth but is hub's mom's sister.
So...who's birthday party is this for? I'm thinking it is not for my sweet one year old who just wants to dig into cake and feed it to Mommy after she's rubbed her snotty nose with it.
I guess birthday parties for babies are really for adults. So we can eat sugary treats, drink the best pink ice cream punch and open gifts for which Isabella could care less.