We had the party at a local community clubhouse which really worked out as far as space was concerned. Our tiny house just wouldn't have held that many people for a first birthday party. The downside is I had to make everything and then transport it and set up the day before whereas having it at our house I could have set up a week in advance and saved the cooking/baking for later.
Decorations. I made a lot of decorations via ideas from Pinterest. I started all of this weeks before her party because it was something simple I could accomplish and forget about until the party.
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Cheese & crackers
Hot dog bar
Buffalo chicken dip
Drinks. You can't eat without washing it all down right? So I wanted to have something pretty simple as far as drinks went. I originally was going to do pop however I knew if I did that we'd have a lot leftover and we don't drink pop so we'd be stuck with all of it. Instead I found a great punch recipe from my girl Paula Deen. It was fabulous, but be prepared it's full of sugar. You'll notice the gray and white striped straws that go with the original color scheme, gray with pink/teal. I found those here.
I also really wanted the hot chocolate bar. I mean we are in the middle of winter in Ohio so it was perfect for the party. I found the recipe here. It was tasty!
|Marshmallows, whipped cream and Bailey's to compliment.|
|Notice the gray straws - multipurpose|
|She looks like a princess in this chair|
|I guess she'd rather lay on the chair then open gifts.|
Cake. Then we all watched her with the cake.
We sang Happy Birthday.
She wasn't really sure of the cake. The icing was a buttercream icing which I iced the night before so it wasn't soft and fluffy.
This is her, eww I don't think I want to touch this face.
I attempted to feed her a piece thinking if she had a taste she'd like it. This was her avoiding me.
We gave her a spoon to play with the cake thinking she might try it once she started breaking it down.
She'd rather feed her momma :)
I finally snuck a taste to her.
At this point, she realized she likes it.
So I may as well eat it now.
She was really breaking it up and pulverized the cake.
I love this picture of her smiling.
And this is our only family picture we captured. Please ignore my awful look. I've been instructed to wear glasses 100% of the time and I need a tan.
It turned out to be such a wonderful day and even with a cold she hung in there and enjoyed herself so much. I can't believe how much she's changed and cannot imagine how different she'll be a year from now.