This is the 19th day in a series: 31 Days of Memory Keeping. Check out all the posts here.
After the party, I create a photo book with all the photos and journaling about the special moments of the day. I typically just make the book using whatever site has a deal going on. (So if you want to make a birthday book this week, I would recommend making one using the freebie deal from Paper Coterie!)
You can look at Elias's first birthday book here.
Another birthday memory keeping product that I love and use is the Blessings Unlimited Birthday Book.
These books make birthday memory keeping SO easy. Each year has a single page and large pocket page. On the single page, you glue in a photo, write about the day and birthday milestones. In the pocket you tuck a few bits about the birthday celebration (like the invitation, additional photos, etc.).
SO COOL and SO EASY.
I have a book for each of my kids and love to give it as shower or first birthday gifts. It is such a simple concept, but such a meaningful keepsake. Plus, it's also only $24, which I think is a great price for a keepsakes that will be used for so many years.
My mom had a school years book like this for my sister and me, and I still love to look at it.
When my kids are older, I hope that they will look at these books and remember the wonderful ways we celebrated them.