Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Baby's First Birthday - Party Check List

Monthly Baby Photos

My baby's first birthday is coming up, and I cannot believe how fast it has gone.  I know everyone says it, but I do not think you really believe those words of wisdom until it actually happens.  I really wanted to find a way to creatively display her monthly baby pictures at her birthday party.  I just found the above desktop plaque (I think Shutterfly needs a snazzier product name) and am so excited to get it in the mail.  I had also toyed with buying an antique frame and using twine and clothespins (like an old style photo processing look and feel) but perhaps got too rational and starting thinking about future storage of such a keepsake and economy of space.  Enter the above solution.

Now, I do not know about you, but I am feeling a lot of anxiety and pressure around hosting my baby's first birthday.  I know she will not remember it, and that it is really just a party for the adults.  However, maybe it is because I am a working mom and have working mom guilt, BUT I somehow feel like the execution and detail of this event somehow reflects how good of a mom I am.  I know that is not true, but it is not stopping me from really trying to make this event special.  I let her first Christmas pass in December and was very disappointed in my lack of preparation and attention to detail then, so I am going for it today.

These are some of the details on my Baby's First Birthday Party Checklist:
  • Cute Birthday Outfit and Matching Headband
  • Chosen Color Scheme (Purple and Teal)
  • Theme (Doc McStuffins)
  • Cake Topper
  • Smash Cake
  • Custom Birthday Chalkboard of her Favorite Things
  • Easel to Display Chalkboard
  • Doc McStuffins dolls and other items for decor
  • Purple Table Cloths
  • Purple and Teal Pom-poms in different shades and sizes
  • Personalized banner kit for her high chair
  • Birthday Banner
  • Balloons
  • Flower arrangements
  • Menu (hopefully in a 8x10 frame)
  • Food and Beverages
  • Bags of Ice
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Silverware
  • Napkins
  • Dessert Displays - tiered stands and platters
  • Dr. Seuss Birthday Book for guests to sign
  • Pens
  • Photo Display (mentioned above from Shutterfly)
  • Music
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • High Chair
  • Basket??? - Would love to recreate this photo if I find the time ;)
Baby in Hot Air Balloon

Most of my shopping has been done through Etsy and Amazon.  Thank goodness for Amazon Prime free shipping.  Did I miss anything?  If so, please let me know.  I also have a Pinterest page for inspiration:

Feel free to check it out or leave me some of your favorite ideas in the comments below.

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