I found myself stuck when trying to come up with a theme for my youngest son’s first birthday party this past year. With my older children, as infants and toddlers, they had a favorite cartoon character that made it easy to pull off a theme that had supplies available at the party store. However, with my littlest guy…he was a bit different. He was not really partial or even interested in any particular character. So I had to stop and think generally about what he liked. The park, dogs and trucks! So I did this mish mash DIY party at the park with dog and firetruck décor theme. As far as activities for the party…we had a wide age range of guests so I wanted to be sure to have something to entertain everyone, but my #1 priority was to have stuff for my birthday boy to do that were more for his age as well. After all it was his party! Here is what I came up with…
Treat bags: All items came from home or craft store. White paper lunch sacks, Paw print and Friends Always stamp & Black Ink Pad, Firetruck Ribbon, Dog Stickers, Die-cut brown tags from craft store.
Homemade Cupcakes: Made cupcakes at home. Sprinkled frosting with colored sugar sprinkles to match theme. Toppers are blank white toothpick flags that I found at the craft store and stamped myself to match treat bags.
Decorated high chair: Wrapped legs of chair with streamers in theme colors. Made tissue pom-pom and stuck it to the back of the chair for an even more festive look that was out of baby’s reach to rip apart.
Sensory table: HUGE HIT! My lil guy loves water tables but this particular fall day I wanted him to stay dry and comfortable and still have a ton of fun. Check out the post DIY Sensory Table for more on this awesome and easy option for your little one.
Sensory ball/shape basket and Big Truck Toys: All from home and great for the littlest party guests
Puppet Theater: I had a large piece of leftover fleece fabric and made a puppet theater out of it. I strung it up between two trees and the older kids enjoyed playing with puppets in our outdoor “living room” that we had set up. I would not recommend this for an outdoor party if it is really windy unless you bring something to weigh down the bottom of the fabric. Which is what I had to do as the winds picked up out of nowhere that day. The outdoor blanket in our outdoor “living room” space was a nice addition to have a comfy spot to open gifts later in the party.
Older kids activities (not pictured): I took along a Basketball, Soccer Ball and set of cones for them to fire up a game, Frisbees and Hula Hoops.
These activities in addition to the park amenities made for a fun day for all ages!
Frozen party idea! These would even be fun as a winter activity in general or something to keep your lil Ice Princess busy! VERY inexpensive to DIY!
We made these deconstructed Olaf kits in lieu of loot bags as a take-home treat for my daughter’s party guests.
What you need:
- Free printable (link below for this cute one I found by thepurplepumpkin.co.uk)
- Sandwich size zip-lock baggies
- Regular and mini size marshmallows
- Mini chocolate chips (Target Market Pantry brand had the minis)
- Pretzel sticks
- Candy corn
How much you put in each “kit” is up to you, but I have listed below what I did for ours. After filling zip-lock baggies, staple tag to top. Add a thank you note on reverse side of tag if you wish! ⛄️
How much of each?
We added a couple of extra pieces in case the lil creator got hungry! 😋 My lil birthday girl loved helping make these for her party knowing her friends would be excited to get them! 😃
3 large marshmallows
5 mini marshmallows
5 mini chocolate chips
3 pretzel sticks
1 candy corn
Free printable for Olaf Tag: