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!