Picking a first birthday theme can be hard, but luckily with both of my boys I knew exactly what I wanted. When K turned one we chose a caterpillar themed party as a play off of his nickname of squishapillar. While I toyed with doing a nickname themed party for Baby D as well (his nickname is Bacon Bit), I finally decided to use his elephant nursery theme as his first birthday theme.
I would love to say I made everything myself, but I not only don’t have that kind of time, I am just not that crafty. I did make a few things myself, but by ordering a party pack from Jumping Jax Designs, and utilizing a few shops on etsy I was able to put together his party on a budget and save time.
Once I knew we were going to do an Elephant party I reached out to my favorite designer Becca from Jumping Jax Designs (she has done all our our birthday party invites, holiday cards, and baby D’s birth announcements), to help me bring my vision to life.
I love working with Becca because as a mom she understands my desire to have even the smallest details present. For example when picking which elephant to use for the party we both agreed on the one below because his hair looks just like Baby D’s! Once we had the colors and basic theme picked I asked her to add in a few fun touches to make less baby and more party. We decided on elephants, mustaches, and top hats. I was so thrilled with how the invites turned out!
Once we had the invitations I asked Becca to create a custom printed party pack for me. I wanted a banner, some cupcake toppers, some photo booth props, activity signs, and water bottle labels. Everything turned out so wonderfully!
The banner came to me cut up, all l had to do was punch holes and string it as I wanted to.
I found a little etsy shop called You Make Do that had really affordable DIY printable party supplies. I ordered chevron orange and aqua birthday hats(below), pinwheels(anchoring banner above), and another banner that I didn’t end up using, but will save for another occasion.
I made some of the decorations myself too. I made his birthday hat, as well as a fun 1st birthday wreath that hung on the door welcoming guests.
I also wrapped a big letter D in the same chevron fabric I used for the party hat, wreath, and table runner. I plan on adding the letter and the wreath into his elephant nursery décor some how.
We loved the photo booth that I did for K’s 4th Monster Truck birthday party so much I decided to do another one for Baby D’s party. I simply taped streamers to the wall and purchased some stick on mustaches and top hats for our guests to use. Most enjoyed it more than Baby D!
Instead of goodie bags (which tend to be filled with things that just get thrown away anyways, I planned a fun craft that both babies and the kids would enjoy. Everyone got to take their craft home with them.
I also purchased Baby D’s shirt from an etsy shop called Butuza Baby Designs.
I was so pleased with the customer service, how fast the shirt came, and also how nicely it was made. I will be using them again and highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a personalized shirt.
Once the party was over, Becca created custom thank you notes for me to send out our appreciation.
I was so happy with how the party turned out – even if we did have to cancel the first one and reschedule for the following month due to illness.
Looking for Birthday Resources?
- Invitation, Party Package (Labels, Water Bottles, Banner, Cupcake Toppers, Thank You Cards) – Jumping Jax Designs
- Chevron Birthday Hats & Pinwheels – You Make Do
- Custom Birthday Shirt – Butuza Baby Designs
This post was not sponsored in any way. I purchased all these items, but am sharing the companies because they are wonderful to work with.
Happy First Birthday Baby D!!
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