I finally found time to go through all of the photos from Beckett’s 1st birthday party, so I thought I would share the details about this fun event.
While I know that he will never remember this party, it was still important to me that it be fabulous (but without breaking the bank). Also, because the party was only a couple of weeks after Christmas, I wanted to keep the prep time manageable.
I started scouring Pinterest for birthday party inspiration soon after Beckett was born, and kept coming back to the fun idea of baby faces sporting party hats from Simply Radiant and Elle Belle Creative.
We had been taking photos of Beckett on each of his “monthly birthdays” and as his first birthday neared and we looked back on those photos it was so fun to see him changing before our eyes.
That’s when I decided to embrace the “One Year in a Flash” title of Elle Belle Creative’s party by combining the party hats with each of Beckett’s monthly photos. While I loved the handmade party hat idea from Simply Radiant, I opted to make mine digitally. Since I needed to send out the invitations early, at that time I only had photos through Beckett’s ten month birthday - so the invitation featured him at months one through ten.
Carrying forward the theme of the black and white faces with the party hats, I created a banner to hang in the kitchen. By the time the actual party rolled around, about a week after his birthday, I was able to create faces using his 11 and 12 month photos as well, and so the banner was complete with an entire year worth of photos. Click here for instructions on how to create a party hat banner like this one.
I filled our large beverage dispensers full of milk and chocolate milk (I LOVE that these dispensers have an inner chamber for ice - so the milk stayed cold without getting watered down). And I filled our smaller beverage dispensers with ice water.
I found the cute striped plates and napkins in each of the coordinating party colors at Oriental Trading Company.
Oriental Trading Company also had the great coordinating striped and polka dotted pennant banners that we strung together across the kitchen and in our front entry.
Because we wanted to encourage all of the kids to play in the basement, I ended up making another party hat banner - this time with orange hats - to hang in the play area, as well as ordering a few more of the pennant banners in orange.
The party was so much fun, and Beckett was quite a good host - even sharing the icing on his smash cake with the other kids.
And my mom even made Beckett that cute shirt in the coordinating party colors. How fun is that?
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