When I was looking for a theme, I wanted to pick something simple that I thought would interest her, as much as you can at that age, anyway. I didn't want to pick some random character, because really she couldn't care less about them. I've never personally known a one-year-old to get super excited about an Elmo party or whatever. But hey, maybe your kid was, and that's cool too! At the time the only show she ever watched on TV was Yo Gabba Gabba, but that still didn't really mean all that much to her. I decided to just go with rainbows, I figured we could have some fun with the decor and she would like the bright colors.
For the decor I kept it rather simple. From the dollar stores I got streamers, balloons, plates, napkins, and cups in a variety of colors. I let most of the balloons just float around the floor because I knew that's where the kids would be able to enjoy them. My favorite thing was the bunting that we made out of felt and ribbon, and it was fairly easy. We decided how big we wanted the flags to be (smaller for "Happy Birthday", larger for "Ramona!") chose a font and size that would fit (basically by holding a flag up to the monitor) and traced the letters onto white felt. A little glue, a little scissor-work, add some ribbon...done! Plus, I'm planning on hanging the bunting in Ramona's room as soon as I figure out the best way to get it up on the plaster walls.
|Awkwardly cropped photo. I sacrificed the exclamation point so you wouldn't see my forehead.|
|There may or may not be a Brobee and/or leftover Halloween decor in this photo.|
|I'm still in love with the mini-bunting on here. Also, no idea how MIL got a ghost "1" on there.|
We had lots of fun, but I was glad when it was over! Just like my wedding, I had a good time getting there, but the next day - what a relief. It's totally possible that I left some of the decor up for a while afterward...I couldn't let all that work go to waste so quickly!
Ramona is almost 19 months old now...guess I better get started planning the next one!
FYI- The first two pics were taken by my BFF Brett, the rest were taken by my good friend Laura of Torn Paper Studios.