A Beyond Adorable Kids Birthday Party (For Under $150!)

I’m giving myself a pat on the back today because I survived the first year with two kids! I’m not gonna lie, it’s been hard. But, it has also been the most rewarding year thus far. I love seeing how happy my babies are and I feel so lucky to have them every single day. Hadley is turning one tomorrow and we are heading up to Lake Tahoe today for a family weekend getaway!
I forgo the idea of throwing Hadley a big birthday bash, and am, however, having a bit of mother’s guilt. Given that her actual birthday lands on a Saturday, it would’ve made the perfect day to throw her the most unforgettable, biggest birthday party ever! But, you know what, this time around, I just didn’t want the pressure. Nor do I want to spend a whole lot of money on it. I wanted to take it easy, do a sweet little celebration, and just go with the flow.
So, last weekend, I put together a little party for Hadley and invited her cousins over for treats and cake. There were about 15 of us and that’s about how many people we can fit in our tiny apartment anyway. I am kind of proud that I put everything together under $150, and — eeek — also kind of last minute. But I thought the party turned out pretty well.
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It's pretty obvious that Jeanne Chan, curator of ShopSweetThings, has a keen eye for cool. But, when she's not searching out new, must-know shops in her native SF, the bona fide Pinterest whiz — and mother of two — plans playdates with her equally stylish mom friends. The good news? We're tagging along!

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