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Subtlety isn't a word most people would associate with Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. After all, the musical duo named one of their twins Moroccan because Nick proposed to Mimi on the top floor of her Moroccan-themed apartment -- and who does that?!? So it's not exactly a shock that the super couple are dropping serious hints that the first birthday party for their twins, who turn one on April 30th, is going to be an over-the-top affair.
"We're going away," Cannon recently told People.com. "We're taking a break. It's going to be exciting. We're doing something special and something unique."
Rumor has it the family plans to jet off to Paris, where they will celebrate the twins' first birthday and renew their wedding vows in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. (The twins were sweetly born on the couple's third wedding anniversary, and the pair has so far made good on a promise to renew their vows every year.)
Cannon did recently tell E!'s Marc Malkin that the celebration for the twins is "probably not going to be in the States...we are going to take it overseas." And when Malkin pressed him on the Paris rumors Cannon coyly replied, "You’re good. You’re very good."
My husband and I were going to fly to Paris to celebrate my son's first birthday (not really), but then we realized a simple family party at home would be a heck of a lot easier -- and cheaper. Instead of a fancy French fete, we just gathered together a few of my son's favorite people, made a collage of our favorite photos from the past year, and had lots of fun hanging monkey-themed decorations all over the house (to coincide with his monkey-themed nursery, of course).
If flying to Paris for your kiddo's first birthday isn't part of your game plan, then here are a few ideas from iVillage for an equally special party, a lot closer to home:
Provide two cakes. Snapping a photo of your precious one-year-old messily diving into her birthday cake is a must, so do a special cake (or cupcake) just for her, and a bigger cake for your guests. (Click here for adorable birthday cake ideas.)
Keep the budget under control. Whether you're keeping the guest list limited to family and friends or inviting everyone you know to celebrate the amazing first year of your child's life, try to keep your budget in check. After all, your babe isn't even going to remember this party! (Get 17 great money-saving birthday ideas here.)
Decorate with photos. Let's face it, no décor can compete with adorable photos of your little one's first fabulous year. Print out your favorite family pics and put them in frames around the party space. Your guests will love it -- especially if the photos include them with the baby, too.
Don't go overboard on gifts. Of course you want to spoil your 1-year-old, but the truth is, a couple of small gifts (and the boxes and wrapping paper they come with!) will keep him happily occupied. (Click here for great first birthday gift ideas.) If you -- or grandma -- absolutely must splurge, give him something that will last: a contribution to the college fund.