I love celebrating my girls birthdays! I always say that the next birthday will be more simple and less crazy on my end, but I truly do love it. We do everything ourselves, so I try being creative when I’m putting the party together. We did celebrate Anna’s 1st birthday twice by doing a shared family party for her and my great nephew (there are 35 people in mine and my husband’s family) and a friend party. Here are some of the fun things I did to make Anna and my guests enjoy the time.
FOOD FOOD FOOD!
Remember, people eat with their eyes.
Even the kids, make sure you make things that they will enjoy. I just used a bunny cookie cutter for this since it was close to Easter. I’ve seen people also use cookie cutter letters that spell out things.
CAKE CAKE CAKE!
For the family party, I did the smash cake (my mother in-law iced it because I was running out of time). I love the big cupcake cake for smash cakes.
I also did a cute smash cake for my other daughter’s 2nd birthday. Check it out here.
I made cupcakes for her friend party.
FUN FUN FUN!
The parties were so fun! Even if it is a 1st birthday, remember all of the kids that are there too! We did an Easter Egg Hunt at both parties because it was close to Easter, but heck, kids like hunts any time of the year. You could even just throw candy in the grass and send the kids out to find it (in wrappers of course).
We also invested in a bounce house last year for my daughter’s 2nd birthday that we bring outside for parties. They are kind of pricey, but we keep it in our basement when we don’t have guests over. The girls jump in it down there almost every night.
I cannot believe it’s been a year! Happy Birthday, sweet Anna Belle!
Happy Birthday Party Planning!
About Dana Patterson
I'm an energetic SAHM of two fun little girls! It's never a dull moment with kids 21 months apart. I love life and enjoy cooking, working out and just hanging with my family.