So, my son just turned 2 – and I am just now posting about his 1st birthday, how bad is that? With two little ones, I don’t get around to posting as often, or ever. My littlest is only 3 weeks old. Life has been hectic to say the least. But that is no excuse for the long lapse in posts. Well, come to think of it…that is a great excuse. Anyone who has little ones understands. I have even more excuses too. You can add a move across the country too. I would like to say that I am going to jump back into blogging full time – and sure, I can “say it”. But doing it, is another thing. Making a commitment to do anything on a regular basis is difficult for me. Heck, washing my hair on a regular basis can be difficult. Oh yes, I said it and you other mothers know it.
OK, on to the birthday party details…
Jackson was getting ready to turn 1, and like any first time mom, I was ready to pull out all the stops. I wanted something really cute, and original. So I decided on an alphabet themed party. I found a few resources that helped me with ideas. These were alphabet / flashcard themed parties and you will find all of the details to these resources listed below.
In addition to buying items off of etsy.com I also created several of the decorations using my Cricut. If you are not familiar with a Cricut – you have got to check out their website. It is a crafters dream device for cutting out paper. I made an alphabet garland that I hung on the front of the food table.
I adore the sweets tables that Amy Atlas creates, they are just breathtaking. I wanted to do something similar, but on a much smaller scale. So I decided to create my own candy buffet table. I used alphabet flash cards I found on etsy.com as decorations. My candy buffet table included gum balls, rock candy, candy canes, sugar cookies and little containers of M&Ms.
I found a website, BlondeDesigns, they had done a very cute abc flashcard themed birthday party. This is where I “borrowed” the idea for the invitation. I found a designer on etsy.com to help me create the image of Jackson’s face for the invitation. You can find details on all of the resources that I noted below. I also found other sellers on etsy that provided the party hat and 1st birthday bib that Jackson wore.
I found the paper mache letters at Hobby Lobby. I then used acrylic paints to paint them in the party’s colors. They were a great visual addition that made a lot of impact for a reasonable price.
As you can see, everything was in bright oranges, blues and greens. These cake balls were a hit. I created the first birthday toppers on my Cricut.
I used the custom drawing I had done of Jackson’s face that I used for the invitation as decoration. I blew it up and cut it out. Jackson’s face was everywhere.
Now onto the 1st birthday party favors. Since it was an alphabet flashcard themed party…I decided to give our guests crayons in the shape of letters. I packaged them up in cellophane bags and added a label that I created on my computer.
Jumpin Jax! We call Jackson “Jax” for short. So, how fitting to give out “Jumpin Jax”. I bought little bags of Jacks at the local craft store…removed the label…and then reattached my own label. Again, I used the drawing of his face – they turned out great.
The food table was colorful and fun…which is what I wanted. Nothing too fancy – all things kids liked to eat. A bucket full of colorful sodas that the kids could help themselves to sat on the floor.
And yes, I know, the tissue paper pom poms are played out, but they are so easy to make. This will probably be the last time I make them – I swear.
Check out the following websites for more Alphabet Flashcard Party ideas:
This Nest Is Best’s ABC School Birthday Party (funny, I just found this resource. I did not see it while planning my party – but we had several of the same ideas – how odd is that?)
Alphabet Flashcard Themed Birthday Party Resources
OneOfAKindOnesie – Party Hat and 1st Birthday Bib
HighlandHouseGifts – Alphabet Crayon Party Favors
sugarandflour – Alphabet Sugar Cookies Party Favors
LittleSugarBean – Birthday Party Invitations
5sizes2small – Custom Drawing – this is the line drawing of my son’s face used for invitation
PopHeartPress – Alphabet Flash Cards – I used these for alphabet flashcards for decorations at the party