Carly’s 1st Birthday Party! (Part 1)
Last month we celebrated our sweet girl’s first birthday not once, but twice! We had a small bonfire/party here in Georgia, and another party for family and friends in Indiana.
I kept the parties simple with an outdoorsy theme (think moss and tree stumps) with a pink and turquoise color scheme and chalkboard accents. Here are the details from our Georgia party!
On the gift table, I hung a fabric banner (from Carly’s bedroom), and displayed the monthly photos where I’m holding Carly, and moss covered letters.
Love how the letters turned out! They’re so simple, yet make a huge impact.
I also strung Carly’s monthly balloon photos along the kitchen window. Babies grow so quickly their first year that it’s fun to compare the changes from month to month!
Since we were having a bonfire, the food table consisted of s’more and hot dog fixings. We also had a variety of chips, pretzels, and goldfish crackers.
Most people love the traditional s’more, but I wanted to give plenty of options. We had a variety of chocolate (Hershey’s Special Dark, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème, Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Squares with Sea Salt Caramel, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups), marshmallows (Original, Swirl, Strawberry, and Toasted Coconut), and crackers (honey and chocolate graham crackers and Ritz crackers). I also found several s’more combination ideas online and printed out a list for inspiration.
We also provided lots of topping options for the s’mores (salted caramel hazelnut spread, Biscoff spread, strawberries, bananas, lemon curd, and Nutella) and hot dogs (ketcup, mustard, relish, and cheddar cheese). All of these were displayed in mason jars with chalkboard labels. Drink options consisted of pop, beer, juice and water.
Now for the dessert table, always my favorite! I made mini sugar cookies, Rice Krispie treats, Golden Graham S’mores, butterfly-shaped cake pops, and chocolate cupcakes. Andy made the dessert stands (out of wood slices and a wooden dowel I bought at Hobby Lobby) and I absolutely love them!
I also made Carly’s smash cake!
And finally, the last food option, a popcorn bar. I bought popcorn from Target, made kettle corn, and had a few topping options (M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, peanuts, and gummy bears).
As favors, I filled little boxes with graham crackers, marshmallows, and milk chocolate so everyone could make some s’mores at home.
Since we were having a bonfire, I had planned on everything being outside, but it rained all.day.long, and we had to improvise and move everything inside. I made the “carly is 1” and butterfly banners.
I also printed out a bunch of my favorite Instagram photos to display, and made hair bows and bowties for the kids to wear and take home.
As soon as I saw this wreath, I knew it would be perfect for the woodsy theme! I ended up liking it so much that it’s actually still hanging on our door.
And now to the birthday girl…how cute is she?!? Using one of Carly’s other dresses as a pattern, I made this dress (to match the fabric used in her bedroom). Surprisingly, it’s the first dress I’ve sewn for her and I envision making her many more (once I get a new sewing machine)!
It’s party time, and it finally quit raining!
Luke loved his s’more!
My favorite s’more combination – Ritz cracker, marshmallow, and Reese’s cup. Yum!
And then it was time for the smash cake! It had gotten dark outside by this point, so the pictures aren’t great, but you can tell Carly wasn’t quite sure what to think. I don’t think much cake actually ended up in her mouth, but she enjoyed herself!
Such a great day celebrating our baby girl!