I’m finally done throwing parties this summer— yay me!
Who am I kidding? I LOVE throwing parties.
But, I HATE the heat.
And lately, I’ve been feeling like Hansel and Gretel stuffed in the witches oven that is California.
I mean, no one in their right mind would throw an outdoor party in this disgusting weather, right? But I am not of sound mind, and so I was like:
Yeah, it’ll totally be cool to do both of the boy’s parties at home this year in the middle of summer!
Wellllllll, nobody died of heat exhaustion, so I guess I’ll call it a win. But I’m definitely looking into indoor options next year if it’s anywhere close to the same kind of weather.
Anyway, as I said in my post about How To Throw The Perfect Bachelorette Party, I’ve been super into creating my own invitations/printables.
This is what I created for B’s party, and I absolutely loved it.
For the party itself, I kept it really mellow. Since Declan and Bennett’s bedroom is already Neverland themed, I literally just pulled things from their room to use as decor. Theming your child’s birthday party to match their room theme? PURE GENIUS! Not having to really buy any decorations allowed us to save a ton of money, which was awesome.
A fallen tree branch I found up at our family cabin, some twine, and a few feathers was all it took to recreate the branch on the invitations in real life.
I also used some of those feathers and twine, along with clothespins, to make a “banner” for the food table. Again, super easy and cheap. All I did was pin the feathers and twine together and tape the clothespins to the table for added support.
We had chairs and a table set up for people to sit at (which P.S. NOBODY sat at) but since this was a one year old’s party, I really wanted a seating area that was kid friendly. Derek has oodles and oodles of pallets at his work, so I had him bring a few home and we set up a fun little table area for the little ones to eat and do crafts at.
Dollar store vases, baby’s breath, and SURPRISE! more feathers, rounded out the look.
Food was super casual as well.
Meatball sliders, salad, fruit cups, “Pixie Popcorn”, and some gold dusted Oreos— made to look like pirates booty.
And since my sweet birthday boy isn’t really into sweets, I decided to make him a macaroni and cheese “cake”.
He didn’t eat— probably because it was super hot and he just wanted to play— but I still love the fact that we have the forever memory of his first birthday cake being something that was just so totally him.
It was such a fun party, humidity and all, and it was awesome being able to throw everything together with such minimal costs.
What is your favorite party theme for a one year old? I’d love to hear from you!