Best Kids Parties: Bright & Beautiful First

My Party

Name: Elsie (1)
Location: San Diego, CA

I knew that I could easily get carried away with my baby's first birthday party so I quickly sought inspiration from this party post. Seeing that my child has no theme-worthy interests other than peek-a-boo and biting my arms and legs, I just decided to go with bright and colorful.

For the invitation, I got Kate Spade note cards and mounted a photo of Elsie on her play phone. I used gold thread and self-adhesive folder tabs to make a tiny pennant-like garland on the inside of the card, and the party information started out with the phrase, "We're calling you to join us."

To continue with the running rainbow theme, I bought stock paper from Amazon and gold yarn to make the heart garland. As for the cake, I couldn't resist the popular rainbow cake recipe from Whisk Kid and Martha Stewart. I regret not making a vanilla meringue as suggested because a quick and easy butter cream frosting that I made turned out way too sweet. Anyway, I didn't get a good picture but we also got a big bouquet of multicolored latex balloons and kept them tethered together - think of a scaled down version of the movie, Up!

Elsie wore Circo rainbow leggings to go with her Circo dress. We bought Spritz goodie bags, party hats, blowers, balloons, and plates. These were all super affordable at Target. We snacked on rainbow chip cupcakes, strawberries, pineapple, and Doritos. We ordered pizza and Elsie had her slice of cake. Good times and a very happy birthday!

Thanks "Oh My"!

(Images: Snoring Doormouse)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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