What I learned about kids' birthday parties:
Babies really love EZ-ups and drink buckets and probably would be just as excited about them as a huge party.
This kind of stuff takes HOURS. (Cowboy boots by Emily at SewBananas).
That if you're stupid enough to have a bucket of sodas, the kids will make it their mission to drink every single one.
That at this age, it's not about eating the cake, but playing with it.
That all the hard work was so worth it. We had a blast.