Here's what I have planned for L's first birthday, which is exactly three weeks from today:
Am I excited that she's turning one? Of course! Have I been keeping track of gift ideas for her on Pinterest? Absolutely. Will I be inviting anyone over for cake-smashing, gift-wrap-ripping, and general merry-making? Nope. I even made my husband promise that we would make sure neither of our parents were in town for the big day (granted, this was in part to avoid having too many houseguests and/or having to choose which grandparents got special treatment) so it would be just our little family of three.
When she's old enough to remember birthdays, I will throw her any kind of party she wants and will gladly handle the stress of cooking for a ton of people, coming up with cute favor ideas, and cleaning up the giant mess afterwards. But the first birthday is really for the