Best Kids Parties: Pink & Red

My Party: Violet (Central PA)

Pretty in pink. And red! Lauren tells us about her daughter's party: For Violet's first birthday party I was really just hoping for a festive and fun celebration and didn't have a real 'theme' per say, so I tied the party decor together by sticking to a color theme of pinks and reds.

We went with traditional streamers and balloons to create a festive atmosphere along with some fresh flowers from the grocery store. I also made a tissue paper banner, which was very easy and inexpensive.

To entertain the kiddos we set up a play tee pee outside and I made a headdress for each little party guest. We also had a pull string pinata (the kids were too little to handle the kind that you bash with a stick), which was a huge hit.

We tried to keep the food as portable as possible - I always hate toting around a plate at a party. Cupcakes, veggie sticks in paper cones, poppy cookies, and cups of fresh berries and vegetables were a few of the munchies that we served. Cute cupcake toppers can make even the worst baker (AKA me) look like a world class cake artist, and paper cupcake wrappers are easy to DIY. To save time on the cookies, buy the dough - it will save time and taste just as good.

When presents start to be unwrapped the kids are always just yearning for a toy of their own, so I think that is the perfect time to give out the favor bags. We chose personalized muslin bags that the kids could use again in the future, and they were a huge hit with the kids and parents alike.

Although Violet is probably too young to remember her first party, I hope she enjoys looking back at these photos of her big day - we love you sweetheart, happy first birthday!

Sources:
Play Tee Pee:Great Kid Gifts
Pull String Pinanta: 1st Wishes
Stripey Straws and Paper Cones:Shop Sweet Lulu
Marimekko Napkins: Crate & Barrel
Custom Favor Bags: Papernook
Cupcake Toppers: Millalove

Thanks Lauren! Readers, visit Lauren on her blog With Two Cats (and see Violet's nursery; it's a real treat!)

(Image: Images: Lauren Hufnagl/With Two Cats)

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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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