It’s not the shortest birthday party theme in history, but it’s cute, right?
I found this canvas art at Home Goods a few months ago and bought it to go in my boys’ playroom. As I was deciding what to do for my one year old’s party, I saw the art propped up against the wall (that’s how I throw hints to my husband that I want something hung) and thought it would be great decor for the party.
I used the colors from the art: red, blue and yellow. I cut out simple monkeys using my Silhouetted SD and hung them on the wall with a simple pennant banner. I was focused on keeping it simple, because we have only been living in this house 3 weeks, so my birthday party crafting time was limited.
We have a huge family and it costs a bundle to do a full meal, so we went with just cake and ice cream.
I made my standby Double Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (from Our Family Favorites), but iced them with a banana cream cheese frosting. My tip for this kind of frosting – it won’t be pretty. The banana turns the frosting into a kind of goopy, ugliness, but it tastes delicious. Stick with real bananas, not some weird artificial banana flavoring…grody. Add a little yellow gel coloring and it looks and tastes great.
We also had a banana split bar (get it…bananas?). I pre-dished vanilla ice cream into plastic cups before the party and kept them in the freezer. Then I just let everyone go wild making their banana splits – bananas, hot fudge, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, pineapple, nuts, whipped cream and cherries. It was a big hit and took very little work. To doll it up, I covered up the commercial labels with scrapbooking paper and labels I designed so that everything would match the theme.
For drinks, I just made up my own punch out of blue hawaiian punch, lemonade and club soda – it makes a pretty blue color and tastes yummy.
Since it was just a one-year-old’s party, I didn’t plan any games. The only activity we really had was a board for voting if Pax looks more like me or his daddy (inspired by Pinterest).
I got a photo of each of us at the age of one and put them on a white board for everyone to mark their vote. My hubby won by a landslide…and seeing the pics next to each other I had to agree. He looks like his Daddy!
Happy Birthday to our lil’ monkey – Pax!
Enjoy these Banana Split Bar printables you can use for your next party -
As evidence of how far behind I am on blogging…this party happened in November and I am just getting to blogging about it!
First of all, I love planning Zander’s birthday parties. You can see his first birthday (a Dr. Seuss party) and his second birthday (a car-themed party) in my previous posts.
As I picked the theme for this year’s party, I tried to find something I knew Zander would love. He loves the movie “Peter Pan,” but I’m not the hugest fan of doing a cartoon-themed party, so we went with a general pirate theme.
I didn’t want it to get too dark or scary, so we stuck with really fun colors and cute pirate decorations.We had also just moved back to the States two weeks before his birthday, so I had plan quick and cheap.
We did a mid-morning party because that is when Zander is at his happiest. Because of this, we didn’t need to serve a full meal, so we did brunch-y snacks.
Salty Sea Water (blue punch)
Orange Slice Pirate ships (found this awesome idea here)
Cupcakes – Pumpkin w/Cream Cheese Frosting and Chocolate Chocolate Chip (Nothing Bundt Cake knockoff – a.k.a. the best cake recipe ever…found here)
The treasure hunt was definitely the highlight of the party – the kids had a blast swinging on the rope, walking the plank and searching for the treasure chest. Luckily, my parents have 4 acres of land for the kids to run around on.
I got the hanging banner and cupcake wrappers/toppers from Meri Meri using a 50% off deal – the quality was awesome and everything was super cute.
I had a whole pinterest board for his party, but with the lack of time, I had to pick and choose what I wanted to do – to check out my inspiration board – click here.
I’m Paige – a graphic designer and eternal do-it-yourselfer. I love to find ways to make things myself for cheap and make them look good. There is no better feeling in the world than telling someone how much something cost me and seeing the shock on their face. I love coffee, traveling, cooking shows, thrift stores & reading.