A blog I read is doing a look back at family birthdays and I thought it would be fun to pull some of our pre-blogging parties from the archives.
Luke and Lila’s first birthday was colorful and fun. Rather than choosing a theme, I chose pink, green, and blue as the colors and planned everything around that. For the centerpiece, I wrapped boxes and stuck bright lollipops into them (an idea I found in Real Simple).
Little jars of baby snacks sat on the table with labels that said “Luke and Lila are 1”.
The table was wrapped in white paper and each place setting had the guest name spelled out in colorful (and mismatched) stickers. Each guest also had a take-out box (in varying colors) filled with crayons and stickers for decorating the paper table covering.
I made time capsule boxes for Luke and Lila and family members and guests contributed items – coins and stamps from the year they were born, special messages, fun pictures – and the boxes will be opened in a few years (although I sneak peeks with regularity).
Activities were limited since the babies were just turning one but we had a bubble machine outside and the highlight was a balloon drop. You can see that even my big kids loved it. Tate’s copying this idea at her first birthday party.
The cake was very homemade looking but it was gobbled right up so it must have been yummy. The candles were made from candy but Luke and Lila had the real thing to blow out when they had their cake.
A friend made special hats and bibs (that are now in their time capsule boxes).
I loved their party. It was so simple but so fun and I always like looking back at the photos and remembering those little faces.
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