My friend Ashley recently guest posted with her Scarf-tastic Baby Activities, and she’s back today to showcase ideas for a fun garden party!
Who says you can’t have a garden-themed party for a December birthday?! Not me! Our daughter’s birthday falls a few days before Christmas, and I wanted her FIRST birthday to be warm and bright regardless of the cold temps outside. Below are some highlights from the planning, decorating and day of our first First Birthday Party!
Cheap thank-you notes from Wal-Mart, plus a few scrapbooking supplies and a cute picture of the Birthday Girl = INVITATIONS
Plastic flower pots (serving dishes), grass turf (table runner), real plants, thrift store silverware with spray painted handles (thank you Pinterest), various garden/flower toys, balloons = TABLESCAPE
Animal crackers, goldfish, cheese cubes, veggie spears & dip, fruit skewers, PB&J, pigs in a blanket, water, juice boxes, sodas, beer and “Birthday Bubbly” (jolly ranchers in champagne) = FAMILY-FRIENDLY MENU
Cake mix baked in a real terracotta flower pot (new and cleaned), plus mini cupcakes on kabob sticks to look like flowers growing out of the pot = CAKE
Mini spiral notepads and crayons in small zip baggies = FAVORS
Postcards with pictures from the party and a note of thank-you to guests for attending and for so many wonderful birthday gifts = THANK YOU’s
My #1 Tip For Any Event = ‘HIRE’ A PHOTOGRAPHER! As the hostess, I am usually too busy running around during a party to take photos of my guests enjoying themselves, so I have found that by appointing one person to be the event photographer I end up with so many more photos than I would be able to take by myself. Plus the photos are from a different point of view than my own, so I get to experience party moments that I may have missed. We are lucky to have an uncle with a great camera who agreed to take photos throughout this party. He captured some wonderful memories that we will be able to re-live in HD quality even in 20 years! So whether you pay a professional photographer or give a friend your camera, have someone take photos of the event for which you planned, cleaned, cooked and hopefully enjoyed!