First Birthday Party Planning Part I: Theme, Supplies and Invites

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I can hardly believe that my baby is about to turn one. I know every Mom says it but, where has the time gone? It’s been a fun ride and although I miss those precious newborn days, I can’t wait to throw her a birthday bash to celebrate her amazing first year!

My initial goal was not to throw a Pinterest-inspired birthday party. It happened, and I’m kind of rolling my eyes at myself, but whatever! All of the planning, shopping, Saturday mornings spent rolling tissue-paper garlands (more on that later) has been a creative outlet for me and I know the DIY decor will be appreciated by our party of mostly family (read: adults). I know Evie will appreciate it, too, because the theme is kitties and she LOVES kitties. OK, vintage kitties. I mean come on, it’s Pinterest, of course it’s vintage kitties.

il_570xn-651782438_fkyz.jpgAll joking aside, I found the perfect invite at the Sequins & Spaceships shop on Etsy. Shop owner and designer Amanda nailed it with the glamorous font, the unique color palette of peach, soft pink and forest green — perfect for a September party — and the cutest kitten reminiscent of a Little Golden Book. The full rosy cheeks on the kitten and bright blue eyes reminded me so much of my daughter’s features, it was love at first sight. At $13 the price was right too, and the print-at-home format meant I could print as many as I needed to mail out and use to decorate.

After pinning a couple of craft projects for tissue paper tassels and pom-poms, kitty-ear headbands and paper plates, and with printed invite in hand, well, in iPhone, it was time to hit up Party City and Michael’s. I figured I would run into a little trouble color-matching the hues in the invite since they weren’t “rainbow” colors, so I anticipated a multi-store trip. To my surprise, I was able to pull together a nice collection of paper party supplies (some of which were returned later) at Party City, Michael’s and Target. By the way, here’s a party-planning tip: A family member suggested I download the free SnipSnap app and I got coupons that saved me $10 at Party City and 20 percent at Michael’s.

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The first step was to get the invites printed and off in the mail. I bought 5×7 card stock and envelopes and printed off the amount I needed. I already had a paw print stamp so I decorated the envelopes and added some whiskers and ears to the address block with a pen. Easy, quick and cute.

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In my next posts in this series, I’ll talk about getting my craft on, and I’ll share tips and techniques, breakdown of costs and the final verdict on “was it worth it.”

Oh yeah, I did run the invitation by the party girl and she approved. Whew.

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Lauren Isaacs, mom of one and digital media specialist for Carolina Parent and CarolinaParent.com, writes about everything that’s popular in modern motherhood. She also writes the Carolina Parent “Your Style” column. You can read all about the party planning here, here and here.

This post was not sponsored. All opinions and selections are purely mine.

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