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    Party Ideas

The perfect way to celebrate your baby's first year from Jennifer Sbranti, the Hostess with the Mostess. You'll find amazing party ideas, DIY projects, and inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Use simple craft elements to create your own festive birthday party decor.

  • Keep the smash cake decorations effortless and sweet - like this fondant crown and heart that can be removed in a pinch at cake time.

  • Use paper elements to give your party a coordinated look, from themed signage and cake toppers to paper patterns incorporated into the decor.

  • Themed party signs are such an easy way to dress up the table! Use freestanding, double-sided frames to display the fun all around.

  • Use large crown shaped cookie cutters to make tot-sized “crown sandwiches”, and give everyday dishes clever names like “Majestic Mac-n-Cheese”.

  • Serve the littlest guests their drinks in spill-proof containers, like mini plastic milk bottles with colorful lids and decorative straws.

  • Hang paper banners for easy, impactful decor! Personalize the banner with baby’s age or name.

  • When it comes to the little ones, activities are king, and keeping them happily entertained is the key to a good time for everyone!

  • Think like a kid! Use your child’s favorite toys as inspiration for creative party decor, like this DIY castle centerpiece featuring Rock-a-Stack® castle turrets.

  • Make your own DIY party garlands from colorful plastic balls! These festive garlands are also a great way to rope off the “Royal Play Zone” area in style.

  • For a royally creative dessert table display, use classic toys (like the Corn Popper®) as both design inspiration and accent decor.

  • “Royal” doesn’t have to mean frilly and ornate! For a first birthday celebration, opt for elements that exude a feeling of childlike whimsy.

  • Crowns are a great way to top everything, from the guests to the cake!

  • Add detail and color to the birthday cake with simple bands of fabric ribbon and fondant star cut-outs.

  • Every party needs a cake, but a first birthday actually calls for TWO; one to serve to your guests, and a smaller one for your baby to taste… and smash!

  • Bubbles are easy fun for kids of all ages! For a perfectly coordinating party activity, customize the bottles with decorative wraps.

  • For children who are a little older, set up a craft station with projects that match the theme, such as castle coloring pages and paper crown decorating.


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