One of my favorite parties to date is the Dr.Suess “Oh the Places You’ll Go” birthday party I planned for my son Jake’s 1st birthday. I had so many different themes I wanted to use, but I ended up going with Dr.Suess because I loved all the bright colors and fun rhymes. Now I realize that the first birthday party is pretty much for the parents, but I think a party is always in order because every parent deserves a celebration after making it through their first year of parenting! We invited close family and friends and had an afternoon filled with fun, food and cake/cupcakes. I kept the food pretty simple; we served mini ham & cheese sandwiches, “Hop on Pop” popcorn, “one fish two fish” swedish fish, pretzels, GoGo Squeeze applesauce and cupcakes. For first birthday parties I love doing a “first years banner” including one picture from each month (12 pictures total). It’s such a fun thing for your guests to look at and its a neat keepsake to put in your baby book!
The primary colors used were red and blue, with accents of green and lots of stripes and polka dots. We used balloons and streamers throughout the house and placed Dr.Suess books throughout the house on display. All of the food, drinks and cupcakes were gone by the end of the party and the kids had a wonderful time running all around the house!
All of the cupcake toppers, water bottle labels and decorations were done by Splendid Celebrations.
One of my favorite details from this party was Dr.Suess’ “The Birthday Book”. When people arrived at the party, there was a poem asking them to sign Jake’s book and it will serve as a keepsake for many years to come of our dear friends and family that helped him celebrate his first year of life. When you do this though, make sure to have several of the same type/color of pen so that its the same throughout the book; and preferably, use a non-gel pen as they tend to smudge when people rub against them!
As people left the party, the kids were given goodie buckets with bath/pool toys, silly straws, bubbles, chalk, and a bag of snacks (puffs, goldfish, crackers) and the adults were given a bag of whoopie pies. This is always an extra step to provide your guests, but I always think its a nice idea to give a little token of appreciation for the people who are sharing in your life experiences! So while your baby may have no idea what is going on during their first birthday party, I know I will have fun showing them pictures from their birthdays earlier in their lives. Everyone loves a party, especially when it involves a baby smashing a cake! I hope everyone is having a good week and getting excited for Thanksgiving next week!!!! Make sure to get out to get your turkey sooner rather than later.