Re: s/o: You got me excited to skip the birthday party
Don't do big parties here either. I am in complete agreement w/ what you are doing because it is what you think works best for your family.
I don't see why do a party for a 1yr old because a 1yr old is too young to understand or usually appreciate it.
Don't do it @ a relatives house because it will end up a frustrating event for you.
I see how your DH thinks this is odd because most families do parties but remember you aren't getting rid of it altogether. You are just doing a small thing w/ your immediate family.
I agree w/ getting too many gifts that you want/need and I think you came up w/ a good solution.
Good for you for trying to go against the grain.