Deciding what to do for a first birthday party can be challenging. It’s not like your child can tell you what they want, so it’s pretty much up to you to decide. We talked about doing any number of theme parties, but ultimately went with a farm theme. My son’s two favorite toys at the time were both farm related, which greatly impacted our decision.
After several trips to Hobby Lobby, I quickly fell in love with anything and everything cow print. Table cloths, balloons–you name it. We thought the cow print placed over the red brought in the farm theme and made it a little less western.
I made several DIYs for this party. The banner hanging over the table was made with scrap paper left over from another project. I hot glued the animals/barns to the garland, and then added the corresponding animal sounds. I thought this was a really cute touch, and it fit with my son’s personality. Then, and still, he mimics animal sounds nonstop.
Another easy DIY for this party was the chalkboard. I really wanted to remember all his big firsts over the past year. Believe it or not, one day it will be hard to remember which book he liked to read and which songs I’d always sing. I made this sign with a black foam board and some metallic markers. Super cheap and easy. It now hangs in his bedroom.
Food is very important to me. I wanted to make sure that there was enough good food for everyone to enjoy. It was much easier to order the food ahead of time. The last thing I wanted to do on the day of his party was get stressed cooking a bunch of food.
Since I’m much more of a decorator at heart, I ordered some family meals from Buddy’s BBQ and added my own spin on the presentation. It was really easy to incorporate the farm theme into the buffet by using bandanas, tin serving trays, and animal food picks. It was a great meal for kids and adults.
This party will always hold a special place in my heart. It was my son’s first birthday, the first party I planned as a new mom, and a wonderful day of celebration. Everything from the decorations to the food to the outdoor play area turned out exactly as I’d envisioned. As always, it was an inexpensive party to throw.
The best part? My son had a great time. All day at the farm can really wear you out!
Let’s talk! What did you do for your child’s first birthday?