Let’s be real for a moment, a child’s first birthday party is mainly a time for the parents to celebrate that they’ve made it through the first year and came out the other side alive! And since these little humans can’t talk yet we get to choose their theme for the first party whether they like it or not. For my daughter’s first birthday, I decided to go with a Dr. Seuss Oh the Places You’ll Go birthday party for two reasons. One, because it talks about how great her future would be, and two, because there are a lot of Etsy printouts that you can order (with the latter point probably being the most important). So with the help of Etsy let me show you what I did!
For the entry table I printed off a sign-in sheet and had everyone sign. I thought it would be a fun keepsake. The sign-in sheet was included in a birthday pdf I bought off of Etsy from Meghilys.
I also had the gift bags for party favors with these cute little tags (from the Etsy package) on them.
I tried to pick easier prep food options so I didn’t feel stressed cooking at the last minute, so we did a sandwich bar with fruit, veggies and chips.
We also took a white table cloth and layered 2 yards of pink silk fabric from Hobby Lobby as a table runner. The pink pompoms I got on sale at Target in their discount section. The balloons were also from my Etsy birthday party package along with the tent cards.
My amazing sister made the smash cake and cupcakes. They were as yummy as they look!
The cupcake toppers were also from the Etsy birthday package.
Finally we did a picture backdrop for the smash cake picture with the Happy Birthday banner from my Etsy package.
My sister-in-law and I found this vintage high chair on one of our junking days. It cleaned up really well, and I loved taking her picture in it.
I had some extra tulle from when I made her tutu so I used the leftovers make this little chair skirt. I cut the letters out of foam board, painted them pink and taped them all together.
For the centerpieces we got some flowers from Sam’s at $8 for two bunches. I split them into three vases.
We loved celebrating with this little girl. Even though she won’t remember her first birthday, I will, and that’s all that matters anyway, right? I’ll remember her having fun, eating her cake and celebrating with family and friends, and those memories will last a lifetime.
Originally published June 29, 2016