First it was the showers, now it’s the birthday parties. Dressing for a first (or second or third or really any age kids’) birthday party is not exactly like dressing for an adult birthday party in that kids are messy and their parties often involve some form of activity that doesn’t exactly mesh well with heels or cute dry-clean only dresses. Still, until they’re old enough to get that it’s their birthday and big the activity and theme, it’s really much more about the parents, and cutoff shorts and a t-shirt doesn’t exactly live up to the effort involved in an event that often involves hired kiddy entertainment, catered food, and personalized decorations. And hey, baby’s are a lot of work, so after making it a year, it really should be just as much about celebrating the parents, right? It’s finding that perf blend of comfy and casual and kid/baby-proof but still chic. Jersey dresses and skirts, tunics and nice summery tops with white jeans (yes, white and kids typically don’t mix, but regular old jeans just feel so wrong in summer that I just prefer to go with washable whites), tailored shorts with a nice tank or short-sleeve top.