My dear, sweet Everly turns 11 months old tomorrow. Hard to believe, isn’t it?! It feels like just yesterday I was sharing my birth plan on the blog. Now here I am about to start planning out Everly’s first birthday.
Party planning has never been my forte. It stresses me out. I love hosting the main event, but when it comes down to planning out the decor, activities and any DIY projects I would like to do leading up the event, it just isn’t my thing.
I was beginning to stress about planning Everly’s birthday until I came across a neat little Fisher-Price 1st Birthday microsite. Fisher-Price enlisted the help of one of Toronto’s most sought after party planners, Nancy Zaretsky, to help show parents how easy it is to plan a birthday party like a pro. The Fisher-Price 1st Birthday site features creative party ideas and tools designed to help parents plan the perfect first birthday party, as well it features fun party printables, Little People videos and Little People gifts ideas.
I have spent many hours reading through every page of Nancy’s blog. She has offered up a vast array of party planning tools. Everything from theme, birthday invitations, colouring sheets, door signs… you name it… Nancy has thought of it and got you covered with all of her tips and party suggestions.
The theme that I decided to pick for Everly’s first birthday party is… The Ultimate PJ & Pancake Party. Hosting a PJ party only seemed appropriate considering how much sleep has been lost this year by Mom, and gained by Everly. Ha, ha. Plus, who doesn’t love pancakes?!?
I have done a few mock run throughs trying to figure out how I would like to set-up the decor on the big day. I can be so nit-picky when it comes to decorating.
I started off by lining my kitchen table with a pink table cloth. Upon the table cloth I added some DIY pin wheels. You can design the pinwheels by using coloured paper. Take the coloured paper and fold them into fans. You can affix the fans to one another using glue until it forms a perfect circle. Easy peasy. Alternatively, you could purchase pre-assembled pinwheels from the party store.
I am planning to get my daughter the Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home as a gift for her birthday. This will be placed at the back of the treats table, decorated using various Little People, and powdered sugar mini donuts. The donuts represent that of a pillow.
Next up… The drinks. Rather than using plastic cups. I plan to put out mason jars with fun blue and white stripped straws. The mason jars are jazzed up with a pink bow tied securely around the bottle neck.
Rather than your ordinary birthday cake, I plan to serve a Funfetti Pancake Cake. What is a Funfetti Pancake Cake, you ask? It’s none other than a stack of 8 pancakes, drizzled in an icing sugar drizzle; made from 1 cup icing sugar, 2 tbsp half & half, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Topped with rainbow sprinkles.
Last but not least, we’ve got the presents. Being that Everly is turning 1, I am skipping the cards this year and rather designing DIY Little People gift tags. A little personal touch goes a long way!
So that’s where I am at so far with the planning of Everly’s first birthday. There is still a lot more to do, but I am sure with the inspiration of the Fisher-Price Little People First Birthday site that I will have the perfect first birthday party planned for my daughter in no time!
Disclosure: I am a Fisher-Price Little People First Birthday ambassador. I have received compensation as a part of my affiliation with this group. Opinions expressed are those of my own.