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!