I can hardly believe my baby is turning ONE in exactly seven weeks!
It’s craziness! I have been having a lot of fun as I start to slowly get things together for his party. Usually I am a ‘big picture’ kind of person, not a detail-oriented one, but I really want his party to be special so I’m starting the planning early.
I’m also trying to find a good balance between going over-the-top and not putting a lot into this. A first birthday is the first chance you have to really celebrate your child – but on the other hand, they will have absolutely no memory of it! So I’m trying to make it special without going crazy.
I should probably mention that I’ve set a budget for myself of $100 ($25 for decorations and $75 for food), so that is an extra challenge for me! His theme is Jungle (that was the theme for his showers and his bedroom, so I figured I can drag it out one last time :). Colors are bright, summery, and happy – yellow, blue, green, and orange – inspired by this fun ribbon I found for $1 each at Michael’s:
For his invitations, I simply thought of a two-line invite, added a clip-art image of an elephant, and typed the rest of the info into a Word document.
I had a whole bunch of cardstock already, so I just used different colors to print onto. I wish I had more white cardstock, but it is what it is!
Then I just hot-glued that ribbon to the top and bottom!
I found a cute birthday lion stamp at Michael’s (also for $1) that I stamped the back of each envelope with. (I also found a four-pack of birthday-themed stamps w/ink at the Dollar Tree and I bought it since I didn’t have an ink pad already.)
As for the candles:
A long time ago I saw on The Shabby Nest how she used baby food jars as tea light holders. I loved that idea and I’m going to do the same thing. I’ve just jazzed mine up with the same ribbon from Michael’s.
These will go down the center of the food table. I love the pop of color they add!
I am having a lot of fun with this party!
Total spent so far: $4 for ribbon and $2 for stamps/ink pad = $6.
Anybody else have great kid party ideas – something that’s worked for you or you’ve seen online? Has anybody else done a jungle theme? I would love to see/hear them and get more inspiration! :)