Saturday, May 21, 2011

DIY Decor: Kolton's First Birthday Party

Kolt wearing his birthday onesie
Food & drink area
If you're anything like me, I love my kiddos, but can't stand most of the overly kiddy themed party and room decor. Can we tone it down with the Elmos, the trains, the Dora's...oh my!! My baby youngest just turned one and finding cute decorations for his first birthday party was nearly impossible.

What I decided to do was to coordiate the party decor with his birthday outfit-an adorable "1" onesie from Target. I love the simple pattern (stars are great for boys & girls) and colors (browns, greens & blues).
As always, his party was on a tight $100 budget.

DECOR:  We kept things simple by heading to Target & the Dollar Store to pick up plates, napkins & cups ($5).
Also found some cute "1" cupcake toppers at Hobby Lobby ($2) and the perfect fabric birthday banner at Target ($3).

We ordered a dozen lime, blue & frosted blue balloons from Party City ($10) and I created water bottle labels using a template I found online and full sheet labels that were cut to size. I'm all about using Avery labels and their Design on line website to personalize party decor.

Another fun decor idea was wrapping a cork board in wrapping paper & posting a few pics of our birthday boy on it. Guests were asked to write a special wish for him which I'll put in his scrapbook. Kanon still loves looking at his baby scrapbooks & reading all of the special memories and wishes our friends and family wrote to him.
Total Decor Cost: approx $20
Birthday banner & dessert area

FOOD: Ordered the cupcakes ($12 for 20), chicken fingers ($20 for a tray) & wedges (2lbs for $4) and Sparkling lemonade from Wal-Mart ($2). Also grabbed a bag of Animal cookies & a few bags of candy from DollarTree ($5).
Total Food Cost: approx $45

FAVORS: I had two sets of favors (for adults & kids).Wal-mart had these great lime colored treat boxes (8ct for $1.50) that were great for adult parting gifts. I jazzed them up with personalized labels I made with Microsoft Publisher & filled them with candy & party horns.

I bought adorable  lime & blue water bottles with crazy straws for the kids ($1 each). I filled clear treat bags (from my stash) with Dollar Store candy, created a simple tag to match the decor and tied them to the bottles. The kids loved them!!
Total Favor Cost: approx $20

So that's Kolton's first birthday party in a snapshot! We had a blast and were so appreciative that we were able to share it with our closest friends & family!

Thanks for popping by!



Anonymous said...

Great job and I'm sure Kolton enjoyed and appreciates all of the effort and hard work that you put into making his day very special.

Amanda said...

What handsome boys! Great job on the party for Kolton! :)

Jacqueline Lubin said...

Waw great party on a great budget. In my country that would cost me around $500 to do a simple party at home.
One cupcake will cost me around $2.50 and plates prizes starts at $2-3 for small ones. I bag of 50 cups of 10 onz will cost me $3-4. One cake $55.