Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama

The Love of a Bohemian Mama: Birthday Party

Ever since I became a Mama I have a fascination with time, and how quickly time seems to go by; hours turn into days and days turn into weeks and weeks turn into years.

It seems like just yesterday Oliver was born. I cannot believe that the time has come for me to begin planning his 1st birthday party. And for those of you who have known me for years, you truly understand just how much I love to plan and throw a party; and especially one that is in celebration of our son's first year of life.

Recently I started writing notes in one of my Ex Libris Anonymous journals entitled, "Better Homes and Gardens: Birthdays and Family Celebrations." (If you missed my post on these amazing journals, you can read it here.) Not only do these journals have amazing covers, they have some of the actual pages of the book placed throughout the pages of the journal. They are incredibly fun to read; so when I  came to a page in my journal entitled: "Parties for the kids!" I couldn't wait to be inspired!

"Birthday parties are fun! They needn't be elaborate. Any time three children get together with paper hats, balloons, and cookies, it's a party! Just a little preparation will make it a party to remember." 

But after this first paragraph, I knew I was more in for a great laugh; because 'we' clearly are not on the same page. "Needn't be elaborate" and "Just a little preparation" are not phrases in my party planning dictionary.

But I have to admit, I Love the simplicity of the 1960s combined with the idea of homemade. From the invitations to the decorations to the entertainment, a vintage style birthday party is becoming more amazing  by the minute.

Here are a few of my favorite ideas from the page above, (sorry you cannot read it yourself):

- "On plain envelope print this jingle: "A birthday party there will be - Blow up the balloon and you will see." Inflate small balloons and write with a ball point pen the necessary information. Deflate balloons, seal in the envelopes and deliver to guests.

- "For place-markers, write each guest's name on his glass with bright red nail polish."

Marie Claire

- "Allow 15 or 20 minutes for the arrival of stragglers and the opening of gifts. If the children are very young, read a lively story or play an appropriate record."


Overall, I envision Oliver's 1st birthday party to be a memorable day shared with friends and family. 

What is your favorite birthday memory?



  1. I feel as though Ramos House brunch in celebration of your expected Oliver was just yesterday. That really did go too fast...

  2. I have that very exact parties and celebrations cookbook. I think it was a shower gift when I got married. Oh man.....I am really dating myself. How clever that someone used them in the making of journals. :)

  3. How exciting! Time does fly, I just asked my 89 year old grandfather if life went fast and he said YES so we better enjoy and whoop it up. I can't wait to make it to one of your parties....xo


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