In planning Baby G's first birthday, we decided to
rent an outdoor pavilion to celebrate with our family and friends. It's at a beautiful park in our town, on a lake. We have 5 picnic tables in a small, open building to enjoy the nice weather. Our party theme was "Dr. Seuss." I probably should have called in Cat in the Hat, but whatever. You get the idea.
- Red and white streamers
- Red and white tablecloths to go over the picnic tables. We taped them to the table so that they wouldn't blow away.
- Cat in the Hat Birthday Banner
- Red and white balloons, threaded together to hang upside down. No helium... better for the environment. I found that idea here.
- Drinks: I saw an idea of jello with a fish in it, but I decided this would be a better look for drinks (figured the cupcakes would be enough dessert). I didn't want to force everyone to drink the same exact beverage so we just got a variety of drinks, added a Swedish Fish on a Frill Toothpick, and plopped them into the cup. I used clear cups so they'd be like a fish bowl.
- Cupcakes: I loved this idea with the cupcakes that looked like Thing 1 and Thing 2. I decided to do this instead of a cake because it's within my skill to make them and I didn't really want to have Baby G do a full cake smash... it just seems wasteful to have all that food go to waste. I was going to make them all, but I decided to get them from the grocery bakery so I had more time to visit with family that came into town for his party. I made these labels to go on each cupcake.
- Goldfish crackers inside a fish bowl with a fish net as a scoop. I found this idea here.
- Hot dogs and hamburgers, buns, and an assorted of other less "themey" type foods.
I covered how I made Baby G's birthday outfit in a few blog posts prior.
- Cat in the Hat Romper
- Cat in the Hat Applique T-shirt
- Cat in the Hat Pants
- Cat in the Hat... well, Hat
Here's a picture of him all dressed up in his romper!
- Baby Book: I brought Baby G's baby book for the party. I took an envelope and some slips of paper, glueing the envelope to the 1st Birthday page in the baby book. I made a small sign to let people know that they can write their favorite memories, thoughts, advice, etc for Baby G on the slip of paper to put it in the envelope.
One of my concerns was having an eco friendly, yet affordable party. I hate lots of garbage. I knew I wouldn't likely to be able to solve the problem completely, but cutting down on the amount of garbage was important to me. I don't mind a little extra work, like laundry or dishes.
- Happy Birthday Banner: I made this out of cloth so it could be reusable.
- Filling balloons without the use of helium
- Sticking with finger foods. For cooking and dispersing, we brought big spoons from home.
- Invitations: We used evite for our invitations, instead of sending out invitations.
- Thank You Cards: We would've liked to go green with these, but alas... I feel like handwritten thank you cards are important. As an alternative to a card that people would just throw away, we decided to print one big picture of Baby G on card stock and leave the back blank to write a thank you note.
Here's a link to someone's list of other links with Dr. Seuss birthday ideas.