My son recently turned one and I had so much fun planning his birthday party. Here is how I made it extra memorable.
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Picking a theme:
When choosing a theme, you want to think of likes, dislikes, and personality traits of your child while also trying to keep things simple for you. If you are crafty, choose a theme where you can easily make some cute decorations for the party. If you struggle to make anything that does not look like a toddler made it like I do, search on Amazon and in local to stores to see what items you can buy that go along with that theme.
I have always loved the children’s story book “Where the Wild Things Are”. It is one of my favorites and I read it to my son often. When I was trying to think of ideas for a theme, I wanted something that fit with his wild and funny personality. It worked out perfectly that it was also one of our favorite stories. The story worked well with it being his first birthday because I called it his “Wild One” Birthday Party.
Another thing that also worked in my favor with this theme is that there was a lot of ready-made party items that are “Where the Wild Things Are” themed on Amazon. If I was craftier and had a Walmart or a Hobby Lobby nearby, some cute decorations could easily be made by hand but I took the easy way out and purchased them online for less worry and stress.
The cute outfit:
Nothing makes cuter pictures than a cute birthday themed outfit! You can find birthday shirts, onesies, and outfits for both boys and girls in stores, on Amazon, and on Etsy!
I found the cutest Wild One shirt from Etsy that I loved. Paired with some cute jeans and some matching socks, it made such an adorable look for his birthday pictures. I think the red really made it stand out against the background and the Wild One on the Monster print worked perfectly with our theme.
If you are familiar with the “Where the Wild Things Are” children’s book, you also know that Max was wearing a crown when he was dubbed king of all wild things. I found a Fur Crown on Amazon that looks exactly like the one in the story book and it was just too darn cute to pass up. It also came with the cute ONE banner in the picture.
The Party Favors:
For a one year old, it can be difficult to find cute things to put in goodies bags that are suitable for small babies as well as older toddlers. When choosing what to put in your goodie bags, you want to consider the ages of the children that will be at the party.
At my son’s party, we had a range of ages from newborns to about 6. I tried to include things I thought everyone would enjoy and if the child was too young, the snacks could always be eaten by mom or an older sibling.
Amazon made it easy for me because I just bought small things along with the plastic party bags with ties pretty inexpensively and paired them with a couple of snacks from our local store. We had Bubble Wands , maracas, teddy grahams, and fruit snacks in the baggies. It worked out great because even little babies love to watch bubbles (handled by the parent of course) and the mini marracas made for great rattles.
You can keep it inexpensive and low key with decorations by simply buying balloons and streamers or you can find cute decorations to go along with your party theme.
I found some super cute decorations that were easy to blow up and hang and looked adorable. We kept it relatively simple because the party was held in a small kids cafe (all the rage here in Korea). We also ordered these Birthday plates and napkins which were an awesome deal and I can use the leftovers for another party at some point.
The main thing I made was the cake. For his pictures I made a mini smash cake with a gluten free box cake mix and the 2 medium round Pyrex glass containers filled 3/4 full and baked until golden and cooked through. I made my own buttercream frosting with powdered sugar, butter, and milk. I topped the cake with this adorable Wild One cake topper. It was perfect for the pictures and was a big hit for the party!
For food for the party I wanted snacks that were easy to carry in a tote to get up to the kids cafe and would be good for kids and adults alike. We had chips and dip, a veggie tray with ranch, sliced summer sausage, cheese with crackers, and cupcakes. For the kids I also made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into stars using a cookie cutter and goldfish. It was more than enough and we ended up with tons of leftovers.
When choosing a location, you need to consider the number of people that will attend, and the activities you want the children to be able to participate in. A party at your home can be less expensive and can be more individualized with fun party themed games and decorations. However, it can also be more work for you.
I initially was going to throw the party at my apartment but we just did not have enough space for all of the guests that sent an RSVP. Instead, I threw the party at a local kids cafe. They are everywhere here in Korea and are really neat. They have tons of toys, play areas like ball pits, sensory play, and trampoline areas for the kids to play on. It also made it a lot less stress for me with less clean-up.
Have any other tips for throwing a great birthday party? I would love to hear about it!
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