My daughter turned one in February and we had a medium sized get-together at our home. Immediate family and friends with children came to help celebrate. I made kid-friendly food (see Recipes) and my mom made the cakes (one for everyone and a mini cake for Lauren). Click on images to enlarge.
I took a picture of her every month of her 1st year. I liked to put her in an outfit that was extra cute or special, to also document the insane wardrobe this baby had (better than mine). I displayed them across the room during her party. It’s fun to see how a baby changes so much!
Knowing there would be numerous kids around I removed frames and other breakables from the sofa table and set up a candy bar (including suckers that said ‘Lauren’s 1st Birthday’ from Oriental Trading Company) and bags of party favors.
I think making tissue poms/flowers is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to really make a room look festive! Look in the ‘DIY & Craft Projects page’ or type in “Tissue Paper” in the ‘search this site’ tab at the top of this website for directions on how to make them.
I wanted Lauren to have a special little cake, so I found mini cake tins at the craft store (about 3-4 inches in diameter) and my mom, who makes the best cake ever, made an adorable 2 layer mini cake.
I covered the TV with some fabric and cut a ’1′ out of some pretty paper. This way Lauren was the center of attention and there wasn’t a way for anyone to turn on the tv (in my opinion the worst thing to have on during a party). The party was a great success and we have many wonderful memories of this very special day!