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I love planning and preparing for parties. Actually having the party gives me a little social anxiety, but I’m getting over that!
For big brother’s first birthday, we just did a small family party with pizza and cake. Now that he has little friends and I have mom friends to invite, I wanted to go all out!
When I got started planning, I found a lot of cute coordinated party packs that come with everything. However, these can be expensive, and I am a DIY-er at heart so I decided to make mostly everything myself! This was pretty ambitious since I had a newborn. But I tend to fill my plate pretty full.

 DIY Party Invitations

I designed the invitations myself then ordered the prints at vistaprint.com. Designing them was so easy. I searched for inspiration on Pinterest. That’s where I found the wording. Then I googled and found the clip art to use for the animals. Finally, I arranged it all in power point. It was so easy! I also made a matching cover photo for the Facebook event.

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 DIY Party Decorations

Like most toddlers, my son loves animals! So I decided on a jungle animal theme for the party. I couldn’t find a banner or sign I liked so I decided to make one. These animal print bags were super inexpensive so I bought them from Amazon and cut out the letters for the sign. I glued them on using some spray Elmer’s glue. I had some I hadn’t tried yet and this was a great reason to try it! I also used sticker printer paper to print stickers using the clipart animals from the invitations. I placed these stickers all over the sign.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find any animal print streamers, so I went with animal print and green balloons instead. I didn’t want to waste money filling a billion balloons up with helium so I pumped them all with a hand pump. Then I tied them to the fence. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I also bought some huge animal head mylar balloons. He had been begging for them at the grocery store for months. I found them for way less on Amazon though so I was able to get all five of them! I did fill these with helium.

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I was expecting a ton of kids of all ages so I wanted to make sure there was plenty for them to do. We had temporary animal tattoos, DIY animal stickers (see above!), bubbles, a kiddie pool filled with ball pit balls, and punch balloons. I couldn’t find an animal theme favor I liked, so I did pop fireworks and little sports balls instead. The wording for the sign just came to me one night and I was really proud! I thought the ball pit would be mainly enjoyed by the little toddlers and babies but even the older kids had a blast throwing the balls around. (I didn’t have a blast picking up the balls after, but it was worth it.) I cut up some inexpensive sponges so the tattoos could be applied quickly to wiggly toddlers! I’m personally not a fan of the little bags of trinkets and style candy often given as party favors. I wavered a lot on what I wanted to give to all the kids and I settled on these little sports balls and the “pop it” fireworks since his birthday is between two firework holidays here in Utah.

Activities & Favors

Food & Cake

I had just had a baby two months earlier, so I wanted to do the food really easy. We had watermelon, chips, catered subway sandwiches and blue punch. I ordered the cake from a local mom who makes the cutest cakes. The cake was adorable and the food was so easy, but I think this year I’ll try cooking and baking myself since I won’t have a newborn.

I’m so happy with how this party turned out. It was easy, inexpensive, and stress free other than the normal party throwing anxiety. All of the kids had so much fun and my son felt very loved. That’s what really counts! This year I have a 3rd birthday and a 1st birthday to throw parties for and I’ll be happy if they turn out half as good as this one!

What is your best tip for a successful and fun birthday party?

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