Last month, my little boy reached 1 year old. You can imagine that I wanted to celebrate it in style. I had a look at my party supply stack when came the time to select a party theme. I often buy party supplies online as extra items when I need to reach a limit to get free shipping. This time, my past purchases paid off. In fact, I mostly used items that I already owned to decorate the savoury and sweet table.
The jumping point of my party decor was when I realized that the alphabet garland from Petit Collage shared the same color palette as my Meri Meri Birthday Party hats. To sweeten the deal, a tablecloth that I bought for my husband’s birthday a few years ago has the same color tones. I also keep a collection of tablecloths. Keeping a party supply reserve is not only handy for impromptu parties!
After I decided which tiles I would use for my son’s birthday wish garland, I designed the invite by first scanning two of the tiles. I converted them into balloons on the card. From that, it was clear that he was having a Jungle birthday party.
I keep everything in the same palette, even the snacks that I served. The party was from 2 to 5 PM. I opted for crowd-pleasing, simple food.
Entertaining the Kids
It was important to me that the kids feel welcome and have fun. Since I had a huge age gap between the youngest (my son) and the oldest kid, I planned for two main activities: a colouring/drawing station and a play area with toys. I opted for activities that would be safe for my son and the 2 years olds who were attending while keeping fun for everyone.
The big hits were definitely drawing and constructing structures with his Mega Bloks collection. Towards the end of the party, the girls built him a castle with a huge entrance and a courtyard where Zack could sit.
For the activities, I only bought fingertip crayons (mostly for him), 2 packs of Crayola triangular crayons and a pack of thicker drawing paper. My splurge was a MAMMUT play table with a few stools and chairs at IKEA. I cannot stress enough how it is a great purchase. Even at his age, my son plays on it every day.
Blowing Out the Candle
I have a lot of fun memories of Zack’s first birthday. Next week, I will tell you about the food, the cakes and the party favor. In the meantime, I am leaving you with cute photos about eating his birthday cake.
Click here to read part 2 of my son’s jungle theme birthday party.
Aimee @ Simple BitesApril 6, 2012 at 09:00
Adorable, Kim! Looks like a fantastic party. I love the cake and look forward to your next post.
Happy birthday, Zack!
KimApril 6, 2012 at 11:06
Thanks, Aimee. Have a great weekend!
Line AtallahApril 6, 2012 at 11:25
Happy Birthday Zack!!!
IsabelleApril 6, 2012 at 11:39
Great photos Kim, thank you for sharing. Too bad I missed it because of work but glad Laurent and Marie were there to celebrate with you… Cheers
KimApril 6, 2012 at 11:50
Isabelle, I have nice pictures of Laurent and Marie at the birthday. I will show you the next time you come home.
Charlotte de Ma vie en rose bonbonApril 7, 2012 at 21:06
Joyeux anniversaire à ton petit bonhomme.