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Balloons, Bubbles, Balls, Bouncing Birthday Party
For Julian’s first birthday party we had a fun, low-key party at our house. One year old’s aren’t usually into anything too specific so instead we focused on activities that we knew the kids would enjoy – bubbles, balloons, balls, & bouncing 🙂
Car, Truck, Motorcycle Birthday Party
For Teo’s first birthday party, we did a vehicle theme. I made cupcakes that looked like wheels (that was wayyy more work than it was worth), but I loved the motorcycle track cake (simply made out of 3 circle cakes on top of each other). We had this party at the park with friends with simple BBQ type foods & toys for the kids to play with. One of my favorite parts was lining up all of the little baby friends to watch them eat their cupcakes 🙂
Kid Activities at the Park Birthday Party
Unfortunately, there was a heat wave the day of this party, but we still had fun! There were a lot of kid activities – pin wheels, kites, paper crowns to decorate, water table, & more. We did soft pretzels with topping options – sour cream & onion powder, cinnamon sugar, cheese, mustard, etc. And the dessert was a lot of work, but it turned out really cute! Little teddy grahams driving their brownie cars 🙂
Under the Sea Birthday Party
I learned my lesson from the year before & threw a water themed party to beat the heat, but… of course… it was an unseasonably chilly day & nobody wanted to get wet. Luckily we had plenty of other fun, dry activities like the DIY water blob, fishing for stuffed animals (sticks with ribbon with velcro on the end & fish stuffed animals from the dollar store), & giant things of bubble solution!
With a couple years of planning birthday parties under my belt, this one turned out awesome! It was such a fun theme & allowed for so much creativity 🙂 I set up activities throughout our backyard where the kids could collect their take-home prizes. They could follow the treasure map, or just go around in any order they wanted to!
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