Last weekend we had about 30 people at our home for Beau’s first birthday celebration. I started planning it a couple of months ago, knowing that the theme had to be carefree, happy and something with food because this boy loves to eat. Here’s how I planned for his first birthday party, trying to keep it as simple, but special, as possible.
Beau’s First Birthday Party in Columbus
1 / Send out the invitations. I ended up sending out a PaperlessPost instead of a paper invite, and not only did this save money, but it made finding the total number of guests much easier. It also will be my double check for thank-yous.
2 / Vendor & supply companies. Yes, I know I’m still writing about a first birthday but this is pretty important to work with the right baker, food company (or your own recipes) and decorations. I reached out to a few local companies and decided it would be best to partner with Amy’s Donuts, whose Instagram feed is filled with the most beautiful, creative donuts I’ve ever seen. They specialize in offering field trips for kids, so when I asked if they could help create a decorating station for the older kids to make their own donuts, they were thrilled to help. If you want to learn more about Amy’s Donuts, check out Eat Play Cbus’s post, one of my favorite local bloggers!
Next, I had to find a local bakery for the cake, because can you ever have too much sugar? We found Resch’s Bakery, and I’m not kidding you, everyone at the party told me it was one of their favorite cakes. The head baker Kelly called me and emailed me multiple times throughout the week to make sure we got the cake right, and I’m so thankful we got it there.
3 / Order a first birthday announcement (if you want one). Typically vendors on Etsy can take anywhere from one to two weeks to make these, and nobody wants to pay a rush fee. I picked a designer who made it, then I printed it myself.
4 / Create an itinerary for the day. I made a morning-of plan that outlined who would fill up balloons, pick up the cake and donuts (since they were not really close by), set up the food and drinks as well as make sure the house was clean and furniture was where it needed to be. This helped me a ton because I saw where I needed to recruit some help (my parents picked up the cake, Clint got the balloons and donuts, etc.)
5 / Find areas to simplify. With Shep’s party I catered a brunch and had a photographer day-of. I realized that just wasn’t necessary so I streamlined the food. I picked one item and activity (donuts, donut decorating) and planned the party around that. Everything else at the party was picked up from Kroger or Target ahead of time, so I didn’t worry about cooking or dishes the morning of.
6 / Have fun. This goes without saying, but if you worry about your child’s first birthday being perfect, you’ll miss out on this wonderful day of memories with them. Once everything was set, I tried to let myself enjoy the party with my family and friends. It was great seeing people we don’t get to see often, and most of all, seeing all the love for our sweet little Beau.
Cake: Resch’s Bakery
Donuts: Amy’s Donuts
My Dress: Charles Henry
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