Happy Monday! Party ideas for kids. There are SO many, but somehow not enough! March is a HUGE birthday month for our little fam, so I thought it would be fun to share one of our faves – our little ladies “Twinkle Twinkle Chic” first birthday throwdown.
As a warning, I’ll be sobbing my way through this post because this was my daughter’s FIRST birthday party and in a few weeks she’s going to be FOUR, guys. FOUR. We’re planning a “dragon party” for four. Oh, how times have changed!
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TWINKLE TWINKLE DECOR
My goal with this party was to make it super cute on the cheap. We live out of state and decided to have the party where I grew up, so I knew there would be a lot of guests. This required renting a space to accommodate, so, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on decorations and I wanted the prep and clean up to be fairly simple.
In hindsight, it was a lot of waste, but paper products were my lifeline for this Twinkle Twinkle affair. I planned the theme a few months in advance, so every time I was out I’d scour the clearance sections at Target and other craft stores. If I saw something that might work and it was dirt cheap, I grabbed it. Somehow it all came together!
Believe it or not, those little cake stand looking things in the center of the tables (the elevated ones) were a DIY like this. I glued a large paper cup to a paper plate and then set a doily and another decorative paper plate on top to elevate the look (litra-ly).
To give the tables dimension I used a sheet of Kraft scrapbook paper, a doily and a bunch of little treat cups like these to serve the chips, crackers and cheese and other snacky foods (in lieu of big bowls).
It’s ridiculous how wonderfully everything pulled together. I mean… it was a bunch of paper party supplies and pink string.
I got four huge black poster boards at the craft store and used a chalk marker to display the “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” theme at the main focal table. I was inspired by this and improvved. I stuck some gold foam star stickers on the poster boards because I like sticking things on stuff 🙂
All of the tables were covered with disposable tablecloths – black. On focal tables, I added a 2nd black and white disposable tablecloth to make it look fancy.
I took a few tricks from my old scrapbooking days and pasted a black and white photo of each month in my little loves first year on black cardstock. Then I hung them from a pink string and these itty bitty clothespins.
For the highchair, I purchased this first birthday bunting from this shop on Etsy. The little first birthday crown, bib and bloomers were from Mud Pie. I got them 75% off because I’m a pitbull when it comes to a good sale! Pause for a pic of the star…and a mini melt down because she’s going to be FOUR in a couple of weeks!
FINGER FOODS + TREATS
The food. This was a process. I wanted the food to be easy, but had so much of it (and so many varieties) it was a JOB for me and my Mama the night before (and the day of) I wouldn’t change it though. It really made the party and almost everything was eaten (including the 2 sheet pizzas we ordered!
I found the idea for little treat cup servings here and LOVED the idea (clearly). I don’t even care that I went overboard. We made a huge quadruple batch of Italian Pasta Salad and labeled it so. I don’t know about you, but I feel like a party needs labels or it just isn’t a party.
We made a bunch of mini sammies and cut a few of them into stars because..I’m all about the experience.
We made mini Spinach, Strawberry and Goat Cheese salads (this was a huge hit and I’ve done it again and again for grown-up parties too!), and made single-serve veggie dip cups. We did the same for fruit and when we ran out of treat cups, used empty cupcake liners in a pinch. It worked!
For sweets, we went ALL out, because that’s what big huge Italian families do. We dipped wafers in melted chocolate and smothered them in rainbow sprinkles. We did the same for this “birthday popcorn” and both were a giant hit!
My mother, the magical baking cupcakestress she is, made ALL of the cupcakes (she did the same for our DIY wedding!) and they were glorious.
We took a couple of boxes, wrapped them in wrapping paper and used that as the cupcake display (along with signs and labels because…well, we covered I’m a crazy person).
They were a hit.
The cake. I made it. I saw the idea for an ombre’ smash cake here and had to make it mine. So, I literally made it mine. I started with a from-scratch “healthy” cake because for some reason I thought turning one was the wrong time for sugar. But, it was a total flop (like it, was bad) so I went with your regular ol’ Pillsbury Strawberry cake mix.
I made the “topper” myself with two paper straws, some string and washi tape (thanks, Pinterest!).
I made a cream cheese frosting and died it a few shades of pink and worked my magic. It came out super cute despite looking nothing like my original inspiration! And, the pink cake matched the decor, so WIN!
All in all, it was the most magical day and as I go through these pics, I’m ugly crying my ugliest cry – not because the moment is gone, but because of all the magical moments we’ve been so lucky to have since.
MORE KIDS PARTY IDEAS
Pinterest was my BFF as I planned this lil’ shindig and has a ton of party ideas for kids (you can see some party stuff I’ve saved on this board including some stuff for our upcoming Dragon soiree). If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below! Happy Party Planning!
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