I wanted my daughter’s first birthday party to be very special but not too extravagant and especially not expensive. I picked the theme of vintage ice cream shop and reserved the party area at the Sugar Bowl in Old Town Scottsdale, which was free. Hosting it at a public place gives you the luxury of not having to worry about too many decorations. I took it upon myself to make it all. Everything was so simple, easy, and cheap. It was great practice for the many birthdays to come. I came up with a birthday banner for her high chair, a timeline of photos, a crown for her to wear, and I put together some simple party favors.
I printed out a triangle that I had found on Google, cut it out, then traced the outline on some cute card stock. I can free hand my own ‘bubble’ letters pretty well so first I practiced on regular paper then drew them on the card stock and cut them out.
After gluing the letters and numbers, I then outlined them with permanent marker to make them stand out. I hole punched the corner of every triangle then fed yarn through each one to connect them.
Timeline of 1st Year
I fished through Facebook pictures and albums on my phone and put together 13 pictures: one newborn and the rest for every month in her first year. I used Photoshop to make them all the same exact size and also added little captions for each month. I sent them into Walgreen’s to have them printed. You can find cute little clothespins at places like Hobby Lobby and Joann’s to clip each picture onto either a string of yarn or ribbon, I chose to use the same yarn from the birthday banner.
Since the theme was ice cream shop I took left over card stock and made little ice cream cones with ’1′ stickers for each end of the timeline.
This was my favorite project out of them all. It is something special that she can keep throughout her life. I had so much fun with it that I am planning on making them for family member’s and friend’s children as their birthday present. First, I started with a plain white spool of lace, measured her head, cut the exact amount I needed, then cut the bottom trimming off along with about an inch of lace. I cut the trimming off the inch of lace and set it to the side to use for later.
I used a hot glue gun to glue each end of the lace together. Next, I coated the entire crown in fabric stiffener that I found at Hobby Lobby. It doesn’t take too long to dry and was easy to wash off my hands.
After it dried into a perfect round crown shape I took it outside to spray with glitter spray paint, which I also found at Hobby Lobby. This takes longer to dry and the smell is very strong so you want to leave it outside for as long as possible.
When it was time to bring it inside I took the trimming I had set to the side and hot glued it back to the bottom of the crown. This helped keep the bottom comfortable for when it sat on her head and was a nice little accent since the rest of the crown was a different color now. Then, I hot glued a few cute little flowers, pearls, and rhinestones.
I was so happy with the outcome!
For party favors I knew I wasn’t going to put together little goody bags. There were going to be more adults than children attending and I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. I saw ideas of people tying little ‘Thank You’ cards to big lollipops and loved the idea. But, the lollipops (big and small) were actually more expensive than the big bundles of Blow Pops. So, I went with bundles of Blow Pops and the little bags of chocolate coins so people had more than on option.
I used the card stock again and cut out tiny little rectangles from a variety of different patterns. I was going to write Thank You on each one, which I dreaded, but was lucky enough to find little stickers at Target! I hole punched each rectangle and used the yarn, once again, to tie around each bundle and bag of coins.
I finished within about 30 minutes, and that was by myself. It was so simple and easy!