Name: Max & Molly, 1
Location: Stamford, CT
For my twin's first birthday party I decided on a Milk & Cookies theme. Since I have a twin girl and boy, I wanted to stick with a gender-neutral theme. I had seen some cute parties with this theme on Pinterest and liked it because at one they could finally have milk and who doesn't love cookies! Our colors were brown white and green.
I made just about everything for the party myself — from the invitations to party decor, hand-sewn milk and cookies onesies for favors, lots of food and cookies.
On the front door we had balloons attached to ONE letters on the landing and a welcome sign that was a printed paper attached inside a cookie frame which I made by hot-gluing cookie crisp to cardboard. In the front living room I made 2 banners out of felt that said "Happy 1st Birthday." and "Molly & Max." I used whole coffee beans to fill up glass hurricanes to add some brown and had handmade cookie dough truffles on the mantel for the lucky few who found them.
On a large blank wall I set up a photo timeline of their first year with monthly pictures from newborn to 12 months. I attached photos to 12x12 brown cardstock and stickers showing their age, then connected the pieces with brown grosgrain ribbon. This was one of my favorite decor items at the party.
In the dining room I set up a milk & cookies bar. As a background I hung brown and green paint chip garlands, which I made from circles cut out of paint swatches. I also hung tissue paper pom poms at varying heights in front of the garlands.
On the milk and cookies bar there was a galvanized tub with chocolate, strawberry and 1% milk, white chocolate milk mustaches, milk glasses with green striped straws, a 14-layer chocolate cake with cookies and white chocolate milk bottles around the sides, white chocolate covered oreo cookie pops, and tons of different cookies. We also served vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting and tiny cookies on top, and banana pudding. Also on the dining room table were water bottles that said "Got Water?" on the labels which I designed and printed using Microsoft Word.
I sewed felt milk cups with green straws or cookies on to onesies for our little guests to take home. I made milk cups for the boys and cookies for the girls. I made tags that said "Thanks for making our party so sweet" and attached them to the onesies. I also made treat bags with the same tags for guests to bring home cookies.
As an activity for some of the older kids at the party, we had squeeze tubs of icing and sprinkles for them to decorate plain sugar cookies.
We had a wonderful day celebrating our twin's first year.
(Images: Ashley Garan)