Pinterest often gets a bad rap for setting unrealistic expectations for picture-perfect lives. There seems to even be a growing trend of backlash against Pinterest-inspired gender reveal parties, decorated nurseries, and, of course, themed first birthday parties. While I completely agree there should not be pressure on moms that they have to do these things, I do not feel there is anything wrong if you want to do them. I am about to throw my son a first birthday party that I started pinning ideas for months ago. I’ve worked a lot on his party, but here’s why:
Creativity is my Love Language
I grew up in a creative household. My mom spent hours making decorations for her classroom. My sister and I planned themed dinners complete with homemade decorations and menus. Sadly, my creative pursuits took a back burner as I got older, but I still look for ways to flex my creative muscle. I love when I can make something that I share with my son or family!
Pinterest Projects Can Be Therapeutic
During a scary pregnancy, working on DIY projects and designing my son’s nursery was a good distraction. Now, as a stay-at-home mom, working on projects is a way for me to feel a bit like my old self again. I’m learning to accept that I need to take some time occasionally to do things that I used to love to do!
He May Not Remember, But I Will
Obviously my son will not remember this party, but I will. Early in my pregnancy, I began pinning and planning for our gender reveal party. Our anatomy scan revealed some complications and kicked off a scary few months for us. While the work we put into the party might seem frivolous to some, it was a celebration of hope and a special memory I will never forget.
It Does Not Have to Be Expensive
One of the complaints about Pinterest projects and events is how expensive it all can be. After deciding to take a few years off work, I tend to be a bit thrifty when it comes to spending money. Instead of spending a ton on the party, I’m doing DIY projects. Of course, DIY is not always cheap, but by planning ahead and watching sales, I am doing it on the cheap.
Life is Precious and Worth Celebrating
If I learned anything from a tumultuous past year, it is that life is fragile, precious, and worth celebrating! Obviously, you do not have to make a themed cake or Pinterest projects in order to celebrate life, but if you want to do it that way – that’s ok!
In the end, I think moms have to just do what is right for their family. For some, themed celebrations and Pinterest projects may not be the way they want to spend their time or money (no matter how cheap you can do it). But, others enjoy these types of parties and projects. As long as you aren’t doing it just because you feel like you have to or for other’s approval, feel free to pin and party plan away!