Our son turned one on Dec. 6th. It blows my mind just how fast a year can go when you measure and celebrate it by one month increments ! A few months before his birthday I began thinking about his first birthday party. I only had a few ideas then:
- I wanted a small family gathering at our house (our family is big enough as is, 24 is the number of close family members lol)
- I wanted it to have a theme
Here is the invitation I saw that sealed the deal for me on the theme:
Ting creates makes them. She was amazing to work with too, very professional, great response time and the invitations were amazing. Card stock thickness and a shimmer tone to them. Beautiful Ting Creates
Next up I wanted to find a label that would be used to seal our invitations. I found a great seller on Etsy who created a very cute label for us. purpleberryink
Of course ours, had our personal information on it, this was just the example.
Then the decorations began. It's great that Lil B's birthday is the same month as Christmas because our home would already be decorated for Christmas. And of course, any new items that were purchased could tie in for a later date too. Here is a view of my hutch and the full view of the dining room/kitchen.
|I made this label on Zazzle for the "Melted Snowflakes" water|
Here is the hot cocoa bar.
The chili bar was nuts. I had three crock pots full of chili. The stove had rice or macaroni and then there were fixings. (wish I had more pics !) Everyone loved it !
Dessert bar was up next. So many ideas. Here are a ton of some shots of it. Pretty fun to put together.I used a table cloth to place on our counter, lots of dishes, cakes stands I already had and some green glass that my Uncle had recently given to us.
|I used a sled from Michael's to put the cupcakes on too. The small trees I also bought at Michael's to place on the cupcakes|
|"snow mat hats" aka Oreo cookie bites|
|"polar icecaps" aka vanilla meringues|
|"snowballs" aka powdered donuts|
|"snow covered pretzels" aka chocolate covered pretzels|
Lil B's gifts were going to be set up in one corner of our dining room. I figured I would place a sign and a balloon to make it easier for everyone to know where to place his gifts. Here are some pictures :
I wanted to share the monthly pictures I had taken of Noah through out his first year with everyone and found a very cute way to display it. I found the idea of course on Pinterest. I already had an old window frame that I added some stick on snowflakes and ribbon. The pictures are hung by clothespins and I added the sign, "Oh what a year !" to the top of the window pane. The "Sledding" book worked well with the theme too. I purchased it off of Etsy and asked everyone to sign it for Lil B to look back on.
And of course our birthday boy !!
Here is a link to my secret Pinterest board that I now have opened for everyone to see. Enjoy it ! Lil B's party idea