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Anne Hathaway Is Every Mom Overwhelmed by the Pinterest Pressure of Planning a First Birthday Party

The actress admits she made the mistake of checking out other people's first birthday parties online while planning her own son's #neveragain.

I threw my daughter's first birthday party at the local Gymboree where I took her to class once a week. And because it made me feel like a sell-out, I decided to pimp the place out with about 500 photos from her first year of life that I had spent all night printing out. I also had custom water bottle labels made, hired a dude dressed up as Elmo to show up at cake-cutting time, and splurged on matching outfits from Oilily which I still have saved in a drawer today, 14 years later, and I have no idea why.

And this was before Pinterest even existed! So I can only imagine the pressure new moms face today when it comes to prepping for their kid's first birthday party. Take Anne Hathaway, for example. The Devil Wears Prada actress stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show this afternoon, where she fessed up to the fact that she was totally intimidated by all the perfect Pinterest moms when she was planning her son Jonathan's big rainbow-themed celebration.

"We tried to keep it pretty low-key," she told the host. "But I made the mistake—I went on Pinterest and looked at other people's 1-year-old parties. It's not fair what some people do. You know, party planners have children, which is definitely not fair. Think about it. They blow it out!"

She's SO right. Party planners should totally be banned from having kids.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.