I can’t believe that our little bee is almost two years old! I was hoping to get her 2nd birthday party planned before the holidays are over, but we are still trying to decide our location, since we don’t have a home of our own. Should we have a small dinner with close family? Party at the Little Gym with her best buds? Or maybe a destination birthday party?
While I sit around and ponder those life-changing questions, I thought I would share Aida’s first birthday party, since I wasn’t blogging that much when it actually happened. We (and by “we,” I mean I told Matt what we were doing and he said “sounds great!) chose a Winter Onederland theme. I wish I could say I came up with this all on my own, but in reality I did a quick search on Pinterest for 1st birthday parties, and that theme was the clear winner because:
- She was a winter baby, and..
- Her party would be in February, which meant I could find plenty of winter decorations on clearance after the new year.
I decided to go with a pink and gold theme for the colors, instead of something like blue and white. I found the most adorable invites on Etsy, and even got a few coordinating printables to go along. I had plenty of winter decor that I had collected over the years, plus my mom let me borrow a few of her snowman pieces. I found a lot of great things on clearance after the holidays at Michael’s, like the little gold tree that is on the bar cart (pictured below), the snowflakes, and the glittery branches that flanked our table. I also found a few cute pieces in the Target dollar spot. Our color theme was pink and gold, and since it was almost Valentine’s Day, the dollar spot was a gold mine.
We also decorated with lots of pictures of little one, including all of her monthly photos.
We kept things simple and easy for the menu–I know I could have gotten a little more creative with the winter theme, but I didn’t want to get too complicated. The menu consisted of…
- Chik Fil A chicken nuggets (must have, duh)
- Cheese slices
- Spinach dip
We set up a hot chocolate bar with fun toppings, and of course we had the bar cart all decked out.
For favors, I made “snowballs,” which were basically my oreo truffles that I love to make for friends and family. We put them in little bags with a sticker that said “Thank You Snow Much.” We printed the stickers ourselves, but we ordered the design from the same Etsy shop where we got the invites.
I also threw in some rock candy to go with the winter theme, plus it makes for a great table decoration!
Our cakes and cupcake were made by a local favorite of ours, Fabulous Fetes! She always makes amazing treats for parties.
I found the perfect pink and gold Smiling Button dress at Ashby Mae Boutique! It was a little bit big on her, but she has grown into it, and she even still fits in the dress right now.
I am looking at all these pictures and just can’t get over how much has changed in a year. I wish that I had snapped more pictures of her party, but the day flew by, and we were having too much fun celebrating with almost 30 family members and friends!
What do you all think of our Winter Onederland party? I’ll have to do a separate post sharing her formal birthday pictures, because those are precious and hilarious all at once. This sweet little girl has grown so much in the past year, I just can’t wait to see what the next year brings!
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