One Smart Idea for a First Birthday Party

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(Image credit: Melanie Blodgett)

Coming up with a birthday party theme for a 1-year-old baby can be hard! At such a young age, little ones have very few favorite things, aside from maybe a truck or teddy bear. Sure, those things could work as jumping-off points for party decorations, but why not keep it simple and just go with the number one as your motif?

That’s what blogger Melanie Blodgett, founder of the (soon-to-be) party goods company Hip Hip, did for her son, Beck, and the result was pretty darn cute.

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(Image credit: Melanie Blodgett)

Melanie created a bright-yellow, oversized “1” marquee for her food table and inflated a bunch of matching cheery balloons with helium, so they’d float above the table, each dangling a paper number, which she hot-glued to the string.

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(Image credit: Melanie Blodgett)

What’s nice about yellow (and the number one, actually) is that it’s gender-neutral and plays well with all the primary colors. So you could take your accent colors in a bunch of different directions. Melanie went with a turquoise striped tablecloth, green striped plates, and poppy yellow napkins. If there are leftover paper goods, graphic motifs like these can be used again for an adult party.

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(Image credit: Melanie Blodgett)

Instead of splurging on a bunch of pricey decorations, Melanie kept it low-key. For example, she added a party hat to a framed zebra print and hung a simple “Happy Birthday” banner below it. She also personalized party hats with little numbers and added a candle to a muffin. Why a muffin? The party was in the morning, so she opted for a plain-but-filling menu: muffins, OJ, smoothies, and more.

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(Image credit: Melanie Blodgett)

Wasn’t this just a one-derful idea?

See the rest of the bash: A First Birthday Party is My Fave at You Are My Fave

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