Whew! We made it through our very first birthday party. I guess I didn’t realize just how exhausting these were? We had about 20 friends and family here to celebrate our little monkey. She wore the new shoes her daddy bought her and a very appropriate “Happy” ice cream shirt and rainbow skirt. The “theme” was pretty loose. Summery and bright, I wanted to use happy colors like lime and pink and orange and purple. Here’s the invitation I made to use for our Facebook event invite (yes, I used Facebook to invite guests! It may be crazy, but it saved wasting paper and cash on something people throw away anyway).
Cute and simple. I decorated the window behind our coffee table so it would double as a backdrop for the cake smash.
I kept it super simple. The green fabric is an old shower curtain. I used some scrap 1/2″ plywood to cut some triangles, drilled two holes in the top and covered them with chalkboard paint. Bam! A super easy and simple bunting banner that can be reused for any holiday. I strung them together with orange ribbon and stapled them to the wall.
For the “streamers” I got even more recycle happy! I used my 1″ scalloped hole punch on magazine ads. Then I punched two holes with a single hole punch, and strung them together on lime green yarn I had on hand from old yarn wreath projects. I added in some 4×6 snapshots Jacob had printed out when he was headed to a family reunion.
It’s a lot cuter than you’d expect some magazine clippings, photos and string to look right? It took about two hours to punch out all the pieces and string 4 strands together. I did it after Charlie went to bed while I had some veg out time in front of the tv.
As far as the spread, I wanted to keep it simple with appetizers and dessert options. I joked with Jacob that I outsourced our party. I’m not sure if having generous guests is common everywhere, but people kept asking, “What can I bring?” So I’d ask for something simple, like a small appetizer or some drinks. Our in-laws brought mini weenies, deviled eggs, ranch dip and chips as well as a jug of sweet tea. A friend of mine made the chicken salad sandwiches (which were to die for and I stuffed my face with them) and “crack pretzels”. We bought some sugar cookies, a meat and cheese plate, and I baked the cupcakes and Charlie’s smash cake.
I used the Pinterest trick to spice up my box strawberry cake mix to bake