So, Olivia and Evie turned one back in February. We ended up not having their 1st birthday party until March and I’m just now getting it up to share with you. Life of a busy Mom of 3, huh? All 3 of my kids were born in February, so I started planning their parties a few months in advance. Hayden decided to make it easy on me and wanted his party at Chuck E. Cheese. For the girls, I wanted something really fun. There are so many cute twin themes out there for 1st birthdays, but when I saw all of the cute cupcake products you can order from Oriental Trading, I knew that would be our theme! After all, they are my little cupcakes!
I hired Michelle Evans Photography to photograph the party. I’m not sure why I never thought of this before! I didn’t have to worry about taking pictures myself and a huge bonus – I was actually IN the photos! I will definitely be doing this with parties going forward! Below are just some of my favorite photos from the party.
Each month, I took a picture of Olivia and Evie. I never was sure what I would do with those pictures until I came across on Pinterest to make a 1st Birthday banner. This was super easy. I printed up the photos and with some string and a hole punch, I had this fun banner.
A friend over on Etsy makes these adorable customized banners and I knew I had to order one for the party. I chose the colors of pink and purple since that was the theme we were going for! You can check out all of her banners on Growing Up Sprout!
Something else that I wanted to get as a personalized keepsake were these custom colored chalkboard posters from MJNDoodles over on Etsy. These were a huge hit with the guests as they looked at them and I love having this as a memory. I was sent these in a digital file and then printed them on foam board at Costco.
I picked up some balloons from Party City for the highchairs and that was pretty much the extent of decorations. I loved all of the simple touches.
Again, I was going for easy when I thought of food for the party. Walmart sells a 6-foot Sub Sandwich for only $28 and it feeds 28-30 people. You can totally customize it with what meat and cheese you want. It was pretty good and fed our entire crowd! I also served up some fruit kabobs and chips.
My good friend Beth is a cake genius. For dessert, she made Cherry Chip, Chocolate and Orange Creme Cupcakes. These were delicious and you can bet there were none leftover.
How cute is that cupcake stand? I actually ordered a plain styrofoam cupcake stand from Oriental Trading and then headed to Jo-Ann’s for fabric. I hot glued it to the stand and it was ready for cupcakes! It was probably one of my easiest DIY projects I have done.
I also ordered the bright purple swirl pops from Oriental Trading. Only $10.99 for 24 and they are a perfect favor – you can even get them personalized!
Beth also made adorable cupcake smash cakes for the girls. They were huge and the girls loved them!
We loved our plates and napkins that we ordered from Oriental Trading also. We got an assortment of pink and purple plates in addition to the 1st Birthday Cupcake dessert plates! It’s so much easier ordering everything and having it delivered right to your door!
We had a bounce house set up outside for my son and some other older kids. I was so glad that we had Michelle there to capture everyone at the party.
We had such a fantastic time at Olivia and Evie’s 1st birthday party! A huge thanks to Oriental Trading for providing adorable party supplies for the party.
What was the theme of your child’s 1st birthday party?