Simple 1st Birthday Party Inspiration

Super Simple 1st Birthday Party Ideas

Our baby is one! {Insert weepy and emotional blah-di-blah about how fast time goes here….. }. Ok, on with the party stuff. Let’s do it!

To celebrate we gathered with family and friends in the last of the Aussie summer sunshine (though it’s technically Autumn) and paid tribute to the not-so-little fella. It was a gorgeous day, blue skies, bubbles floating on the breeze, splashing in the sprinkler and kids playing and stuffing their faces with sugar. You’re usual birthday party stuff! Here’s a few snaps of Rocky enjoying his day. Read on for some simple 1st birthday party planning inspiration after the gratuitous kid pics. 

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Super simple first birthday party planning

I kept things pretty simple for this party and it came together quite easily in the end (thanks to a little help from my friends and family!). Here’s how I did it:

{Decorations} Keep the theme uncomplicated – pick a colour or two. We strung up bunting in yellow and blue polka dot and placed matching tablecloths, cups and plates on the tables. Orange and blue streamers and balloons helped add more colour around the place too. I loved this simple streamer wall, it made a cute back drop for the cake photos later. Simply hang up some string and hang with your streamers in your chosen colours, twisting to keep each streamer in place. Tie some balloons at each end of the string and use a little blue tack to keep the string in place, if you like.

Super Simple 1st Birthday Party Ideas

{Cake} Choose an achievable cake design for your skills. I made a number 1 butter cake decorated with yellow, orange and blue smarties, and some lactose free cupcakes for Rocky. I used the instructions in the infamous Australian Women’s Weekly Kids Birthday Cake book, the same book that I chose my birthday cake from when I was a kid. However I also found this video tutorial with alternative instructions. For lactose free cupcakes simple replace the butter and milk in any cake recipe with lactose free margarine and lactose free milk, which are now readily available in most supermarkets. If cake making isn’t your thing, outsource this job to an eager helper, or book a local cake decorator. There ain’t no shame in that!

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{Food} Avoid main meal times to cut down on food preparation. We held the party at 2pm, afternoon tea time, and served pastries, including puff pastry wrapped cheese kransky bites, as well as tuna dip, pizza dip, fruit kebabs and fairy bread. Caramel slice and malteser slice were gobbled up quickly after the cake had been cut. People weren’t expecting lunch or dinner, and were well fed with this simple spread. I definitely recommend getting a little help from family and friends to supply the food. Thanks to Rocky’s Aunty Julie and Grandma for their scrummy platters this year, and a surprise sweet treat from my lovely lady friend, Kelly.

Super Simple 1st Birthday Party Ideas

{Party bags and Thank You notes} Don’t go over the top, you’re not impressing anyone but yourself.  Kids like a sweet treat or three (or ten), bubbles are always a big hit, and party blowers are fun for a party, right? Sorry to all the mums and dads for that last addition ;P I never get around to writing thank you notes and posting them out, so instead I wrote ‘thank you’ to each little guest on their party box. We bought our party boxes from a party supply shop, however if you’re a bit more organised that me you can get great specials in discount (dollar) shops throughout the year.

Super Simple 1st Birthday Party Ideas

Now… on to Hubby’s 40th birthday next month….. ! Give me strength!

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