Big or Small First Birthday Party?

Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Why do I feel like having an anxiety attack every time I think about planning Z's first birthday party? It's about to send me over the edge. Crazy, right?

Her birthday is in the middle of winter, so there's not a lot of options. Our house is too small for the number of family members we have. In my immediate family alone there are eleven people, and that doesn't include the three of us or my in-laws. If we invite aunts, uncles, and cousins (which we'll do), that adds another twenty or so (if they all come). If we invite our friends who also have kids...well, you get the picture.
First Birthday Penguin | The M House
I don't want to have it at a community center or church because Z is too small to even know what's going on and she can get rather fussy. It would be nice to have it at home where she feels comfortable. I'm not planning a huge themed party, but I do have a cake and a few decorations already ordered and bought. After this year, I won't mind having a bigger party for her. She'll want to run and play with the other kids. I guess I feel a little guilty for not throwing the party of all parties.
I'm leaning towards having it at my parents' house and only inviting family. That's still a big number, but at least she's comfortable there and the house is bigger and can accommodate the people. Next year we can have a "throw down" and invite all of her friends. I have a feeling once she's older she'll want to have her party on New Year's Eve, so I should probably enjoy the smaller family birthdays while I can. :)

What did you do? Big party or small party? Any thoughts?

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