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Five First Year Birthday Party Ideas Worth Stealing


Last weekend we celebrated Linden’s first birthday with a “Los Colores y Los Números” themed brunch. Here are some of the fabulous birthday party ideas that worked for me, many of which I have ripped off from friends and Pinterest, and you should too.

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1. Use numbered onesies for a custom “bunting”. As many of you know, I have been documenting Linden’s developments by taking a “birthday” picture every month while she wears a numbered onesie. Not only have these provided adorable pictures, they were easily repurposed into into cool “bunting” for her party!

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2. Brighten up the party with fresh flowers. As adults, we often think to have fresh flowers at our parties. Well, why not have them at a party for kids? These brightly colored flowers worked well with our theme and provided a nice paper weight for our large pieces of coloring paper.

Happy-Birthday-Linden-53. Let the kids get creative. We set out three kid-size picnic tables so the kids had a place to sit that was just their size. Instead of table cloths, we covered them with large pieces of coloring paper and provided a large bowl of crayons as the centerpiece.

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4. Make clean up easy! Stamp these paper Ace® Yard Bags with these cool stamps to easily collect compost, recycling, and trash items.

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5. Let them eat cake! With so many kids with allergies these days, why not bake up some allergen-free cupcakes? Talk about pure joy! Top them off with a basic buttercream frosting and these cupcakes will quickly become everyone’s favorite, with or without allergies.

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Don’t you just LOVE the shirt Linden is wearing? I found them on Etsy. They are made by Watching Me Grow, a wonderful mom-owned small business. Help support them by clicking here and liking them on Facebook!

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For brunch we served pancake appetizers, egg and bacon cups, fruit salad, pasta salad, cupcakes, prosecco, orange juice and coffee. Instead of elaborate goodies bags or time consuming DIY projects, I purchased these Baby’s 1st Birthday Scribblers from Etsy.

Here is to a World with Less Cancer & More Birthdays

I feel lucky to have a large extended family. Thanks to second marriages and long lives I have had the amazing opportunity to embrace well over a dozen grandparents and great grandparents. No matter how large or small of a part they played in my childhood, ALL of them have impacted and shaped my life in some way or another.

That being said, I have always longed for my Grandma Maudell’s embrace.

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In 1962 they didn’t know much about Cancer. My grandma turned 30 that year and after spending several months in the hospital she passed away on March 28th.

My mother’s eleventh birthday was the day after. I am pretty sure she didn’t have a party that year.

I would have loved to have met my grandma. To hug her and create memories. Missing her has made me extremely grateful for the amazing relationship my daughters have with my mom. Their faces light up at the pure mention of their grandma.

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I have been accussed of going a little overboard when it comes to the girls birthday parties. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I want every birthday my daughters experience to be special. I also pray that they are all cancer free.

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The American Cancer Society is celebrating twenty five years. Thanks to their efforts 11 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year. So let’s celebrate; here is to a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Discloser: This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society.

Five Fabulous Kids Party Ideas Worth Stealing

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We recently attended an amazing Olivia the Pig themed party for our 5 year old neighbor. Here are some of the fabulous birthday party ideas her mom used that I plan on stealing borrowing and you should too.

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Forgo the disposable party supply table cloths and buy bold pieces of fabric.

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Make your own birthday banner. Not only is it reusable for multiple kids it also makes a great keepsake for the child’s memory box.

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When it comes to goody bags, skip purchasing the themed ones and decorate the bags yourself! Also, try matching the items inside the bags to the party theme and ensure they are age appropriate for each party-goer. For Example because my children are younger the hostess included Olivia board books in their goody bags.

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As adults we often think to have fresh flowers at our parties, why not have them at a party for kids? Especially when you can tie it back to the party theme.

And lastly, I LOVE these custom water bottles. The hostess even provided red and white paper straws!

So, which one of these fabulous party ideas would you like to steal? How would you make it your own?