What seems like a very long time ago, my pre-child self would have scoffed at the idea of a birthday party for a one-year-old. Why go to all that trouble for someone who won’t even remember? Several years later and all logic drowned by mothering hormones and a perpetual parental daze, I find myself planning my second first birthday party. So not all of my pre-mother cynicism is gone, I don’t believe in spending a small fortune or throwing an over-the-top shindig for someone who will be none the wiser. But I do understand now the importance of celebrating parents who manage to keep a human being alive and thriving for a year, and it’s quite nice to mark the milestone of your baby becoming a toddler. In fact, I get a little teary just thinking about it. And let’s be honest, there are quite a few pages in the baby book dedicated to that first birthday, so party time it is.
My ground rules for a first birthday party:
- It has to be affordable.
- It has to be easy.
- It has to be fun.
- It has to be cute
So, when I started brainstorming what to do for my Christmas baby’s first birthday, I thought of a local place that meets all of these rules—BRICS Indy in Broad Ripple. If you haven’t been to BRICS yet, I highly recommend you stop reading immediately and go get a tasty treat at BRICS. It was one of my family’s first local discoveries in Indianapolis, and it has a sweet spot in my heart (cheesy pun intended). And although we would be celebrating right in the peak of winter, BRICS offered an option that was seasonal and definitely met all of my criteria.
Affordable: BRICS allowed me to rent their space for a very reasonable fee. Although we didn’t have exclusive use of the shop, the fact that we partied in an ice cream shop in late December really minimized the foot traffic. I had about a dozen adults and half a dozen children, and the space was definitely adequate.
Easy: I did not have to clean my house before or after this party. Enough said. We brought balloons, a few choice decorations, and that was it. BRICS has really cute décor, and they provided everything else we would need. They even offer birthday cakes, but I chose to make my son’s smash cake because I wanted to exercise my Pinterest muscle.
Fun: BRICS set up an adorable s’mores bar for our guests, featuring bunson burners, graham crackers, marshmallows, and a delicious array of goodies such as bananas, Reese’s cups, and chocolate bars. It was really cute to watch the kids make their own S’mores. We also had pitchers of coffee, hot chocolate, and tea, and guests were free to order ice cream or any of the other delicious treats on the BRICS menu.
Cute: Children with chocolate smeared faces. An ice cream parlor with vintage charm. S’mores fixings. My baby boy turning one surrounded by some great friends. Cuteness overload.
All in all, we had a great day celebrating my little man. We didn’t spend a fortune. We had a lot of fun. We supported a fantastic local business, and we enjoyed some really tasty treats. Ashley Greeley, the General Manager, of BRICS was so accommodating and responsive during the party planning. She and her staff worked hard to make the party a success and were incredibly patient with the sugared up children running around their establishment. BONUS—City Moms receive a perk at BRICS Indy, which can be applied to birthday parties. BRICS is located right on the Monon and features a spacious outside patio, so it would be really perfect for this lovely Spring weather we are starting to enjoy. So, whether you are planning a birthday party or just hankering for some delicious ice cream and sweets, head on over to BRICS Indy and check out their Website for more information:
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A recent transplant to the Midwest, Megan still gets excited by the first snow flurries of the season. Although her husband’s job as a private school administrator brought them to the area, Megan feels more at home in Indy every day. While she isn’t chasing after her two children or working her day job as a social worker, Megan enjoys drinking craft beer, photography, playing soccer, and fantasizing about all of the Pinterest projects she will one day complete