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Summery ONE 1st Birthday Party (50 photos)
Inspiration and Theme:
The final inspiration (because I went back andforth for months) for this party came from my son's nursery: a pale yellow-grey palette and giraffes. But last minute I decided to do something different. Since this is one of the few parties I'd have total control over, before the"character" theme demands start, I thought I'd keep the theme simple and not too baby-ish. I kept the color scheme but it was hard to decide on a theme because there were so many things I wanted to do. At the end I settle on a silhouette-stripes-polkadots "ONE" theme. How is that for simple!
Decorations and details:
We planned an outdoor party and set up a tent with some tables and chairs in our yard. I decorated the tent with balloons and crepe paper streamers and the tables were covered with yellow tablecloths and yellow flowers in pretty vases. I’d been taking weekly pictures of my son for the past year and used those pictures to create a garland background.People liked it a lot and spent time looking at how much G has grown.
I also set up a welcome table with a "guest poster" (my version of a guest book) people can sign, some pictures of G and party hats I made with some cardstock and scrapbooking paper. I used Ikea frames to display little notes among the different tables and to display my son's name in the main dessert table inside.
I’m very visual and detail-oriented so I put a lot of effort in trying to make everything look pretty. I decorated the food tables with pinwheels placed in Izzy bottles, crepe paper streamers, fabric pennants and lots of balloons. I designed and printed at home little food signs and water bottle labels. And finally, I made a cardstock birthday crown for my son. He liked it so much he kept it on all morning. He looked adorable!
I had planned so many activities for the kids, like a chair game and put the tail to the donkey, but I ran out of time and never got a chance to execute them. Luckily we have a big yard and the kids were running around, playing ball and jumping in the jungle gym. As a surprise we had an ice cream truck come and park in our driveway. The kids (and adults) loved it. They all stood in line to get their treat!.
Before cake time we also had some fun with the piñata,handmade by my sister. The little kids had a chance to hit it until my oldest son took over and in one swing send it away. It was time to let all the goodies out!
The party was in the morning so we had a brunch type menu for the adults: bagels, assorted pastries, fruit an veggie platters,cheeses, antipasti and wraps. We also had some pasta and french fries for the big kids. Cheerios and berries were the favorite for the little ones. For the dessert table my sister baked chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, cake pops and the smash cake. We also had pineapple j-ello and I put together a tiny candy table with Peruvian (I'm Peruvian) treats my sister brought, with little bags for people to take home.
We had kids in different age ranges and I wanted to give them all something they could actually use. It's Summer time so I thought beach pails will be the perfect favor. I just added a couple of books, bubble sand some beach toys for the little ones. For the big kids I found bubble ice cream bars. A lot of people thought they were real ice cream bars and were worried they would melt under the sun! ha! I attached a little tag to all the pails and ice cream bubbles to add a little personal touch.
Basically I designed and handmade everything with the help of my mom and sister. I designed and printed all things paper, the invitations, the"guest poster", signs, food and favor labels. I also made the big ONE fabric covered letters, the party hats and the pinwheels and sewed the fabric pennants. My sister made the pinata and my mom made the paper crepe streamers. It was a labor of love.