28 June 2006

Simple birthday party theme for young 'uns

I'm allergic to overly elaborate birthday parties. So I love Sara's idea:

I didn't want to go overboard for J.'s first birthday, but I did want to make it special, so I decided on a very simple theme: Red. (Her favorite color.) We all wore red, ate strawberry shortcake off of red placemats, and played with 3 red balloons. Very cheap. Very easy. I think a simple approach like this might be an easy idea other people could adopt, at least before the kid gets strong opinions about Dora or Barney or the Wiggles...

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We did a Red themed Baby Shower - had red tablecloths offset with yellow daffodils as center pieces; gorgeous! We had the baby's name put on M&M's.

The custom M & M website is:


There was a good Martha Stewart Kids issue not to long back that had a bunch of simple party decor ideas like this. They had one for color, one for season, and one that was just polka dots or something.

It is a good idea, and tons cheaper than having to get all the coordinating character stuff, which I hate anyhow.

We just celebrated our daughter Audrey's first birthday, and the theme of the party was "Audrey's favorite things." We decorated with balloons and curly straws; served bananas, watermelon, goldfish crackers, etc; and had legos, balls and bubbles to play with. The party really suited her and everyone had fun.

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