December 28, 2017 is the day my life changed forever. It's the day I became a mommy. It's the day God granted me and my husband the sweetest gift--Alexis Danielle Dickey. I can't believe she's already one. The days are long, but the years are short... this saying is so, so true.
I'll admit that I started thinking about her first birthday party in July. I can't help it...I'm a planner. It didn't take me long to settle on "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" as the theme for her party. Whenever I sing it to her, she starts smiling and laughing.
Since her birthday is so close to Christmas, I wanted to make sure I had a game plan mapped out so I could quickly transition from Christmas-mode to party mode.
We decided to have her party at our home on the Saturday after her birthday.
Before I get into the details of the festivities, here's a pic from her "official" first birthday photo shoot.
Now, on to the good stuff. I turned to Pinterest and Etsy for a lot of my party inspiration. For the most part, I either made things myself or purchased from an Etsy shop or Target. I tried my best to keep track of everything, so I could provide you with links in case something caught your eye.
First thing's first--party invitations. I found this cute invite on Etsy and had them printed at my local Walgreen's for a steal.
A couple of days before the party, I pulled out serving ware and labeled them with their intended contents. That way, on the day of the party, I'd know where everything went. This also helps any family and friends know where everything goes without having to ask.
I wanted to set the tone of the party upon each guest's arrival. I purchased the balloons from an Etsy shop and made the "Come On In" sign myself using a chalkboard from Michael's.
My foyer served as the perfect location for gifts, party favors, and her "wish basket."
I went back and forth on what to do about party favors and settled on edible treats. Trader Joe's and World Market are a gold mine for these types of things. I topped everything off with handmade "thank you" tags.
One Is Sweet Sign (no longer available) from Your Favorite Party
I wanted our guest to leave words of inspiration, encouragement, etc. for Alexis that she'd be able to read one day. I simply put some gold star stickers on index cards and let the party guests do the rest.
Leave a Wish Sign (no longer available) from Your Favorite Party
The main event happened in our living room/kitchen/dining room. We have an open floor plan, so it was great to be able to use that space for the party.
White Pails from Target for $6 (4 pails)
The menu for the day consisted of: finger sandwiches, chicken nuggets, pimento cheese and chips, chicken wings, fruit kabobs, meatballs, and pasta salad. Yogurt melts, veggie straws, and fruit pouches and boxes were also on hand for the little ones.
Star Clothespins from Target for $2 (set of 8)
The dessert table consisted of Alexis' birthday cake and smash cake, cupcakes, and cookies. I ordered the cookies from Milk and Honey Cakery on Etsy. I was so thankful to find this little shop as most of my local bakeries were closed for the holidays. The owner was a pleasure to work with. And as always, my friend, Bridgette Johnson, provided the cakes.
I had a blast planning Alexis' first birthday party. And as you can see, the birthday girl thoroughly enjoyed herself.