Little Guy's first birthday was so much fun! Since I'm back to work a few days a week I have a little less time for all the crafts and cooking that I would like to do in a perfect world, so I kept my homemade decorations to a minimum for his party. My favorite thing that I did make was this birthday hat baby faces banner!
Everyone loved it and it was really easy to do.
First, I went through my pictures on Shutterfly and chose about 12 that I thought would be cute. I tried to get all kinds of his expressions from his adorable grin to his crying face. Using Shutterfly, I cropped them to just include his face and changed the color to black and white and sent them to my local Walgreens. Then, I just cut out the faces. I used scrapbook paper to cut out the little triangle birthday hats and cut up tissue paper to make the fringe on the bottom. I then just used double sided tape to tape the hats onto the picture. After I had them all made, I attached them to the ribbon with the double sided tape and hung it up. That was it. Obviously, it took a little bit of time, but it was all really easy and so cute!
I decided to have a cute circus theme this year because I'm pretty sure I'm going to have trucks, trains, and Ninja Turtles in my future. I actually tried to keep it all relatively simple using my decor from Oriental Trading Company as the backbone. (Click here to see my OTC review.) The circus tent cupcake stand was the main display on the dessert table. Grammy made some super cute elephant sugar cookies to go along with our theme too.
I ordered most of the cupcakes from Publix (I LOVE Publix frosting!) and made a few with all of the left over batter from making Little Guy's smash cake. I made a funfetti smash cake with homemade icing and just decorated it with a big #1. I surrounded it with the other funfetti cupcakes on the cake stand and made it the centerpiece of the food table.
I tried to keep the food easy (meaning I could prepare most of it ahead of time) and adult and kid friendly. We grilled hotdogs and bratwurst as the main dish. We also served bean dip and buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips, pasta salad, veggie tray, rainbow fruit skewers, and some applesauce pouches for the kiddos. In the kitchen we also had a cheese and cracker tray and some homemade spinach dip with Hawaiian bread. I picked up those cute little buckets at Target in the $1 bin and thought they would perfect as utensil holders.
We had a really cute banner hung above the window in the dining room and the kitchen, along with some other cute accessories on the tables.
For party favors, we gave all the kiddos a pack of Barnum's Animal Cookies. I got a couple of glass jars at Hobby Lobby that I filled with Skittles and a 1 birthday candle to use as more colorful decorations around the house.
Luckily, we remembered to get at least one family picture during all of the festivities. :)
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