My first post of the year is always about the best ‘first’ there is, the First Birthday. A simple activity, fun food and a great smash cake are usually enough to make a birthday enjoyable for young party guests. Set the tone with a fun invite, and then seal the deal by sending your guests home with an equally appropriate party favor.
I Dig Being One
What fun to have guests come dig and play with the birthday kid! Notice I said kid, who says this can’t be for a girl?
Hello! These tape measure cards from FamilyFun would make so-cute invites, just write the party info on the ‘tape’ instead.
Goodbye! Several options from a plastic hard hat from Oriental Trading and a canvas smock from Home Depot to toy constructions trucks and plastic hammers. We had these at our own party and were a hit!.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This classic is perfect for the age group!
Hello! These adorable invitations from Pottery Barn Kids have a easy tutorial.
Goodbye!Alpha Mom’s fun fruit tags make favors healthy and fun.
Maybe you don’t have a specific theme in mind, so how about all things bright and colorful!
Hello! I love the candle on this invitation featured on Kara’s Party Ideas; get your guests excited to attend by asking them to dress in their favorite color.
Goodbye!Loralee Lewis sends her guests home with a pail full of animal crackers; simple yet playful.
Yellow and black is such a fun color combo and it works for both genders!
Hello! A sweet-as-honey invite from Paper & Pigtails.
Goodbye! Package up a few pretty cookies like these featured on The Hostess Blog.
Want a zoo blowout at your local spot? Both Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma have party packages inside the carousel house.
Hello! It’s a roarin’ good time with this invite from Tiny Prints.
Goodbye! Add a thank you tag to these plush animals from Oriental Trading.
How about a garden party where the ladybug is the star?
Hello! Tiny Prints’ ladybug invite
Goodbye! Have guests catch chocolate bugs you’ve hidden around the house/backyard with butterfly nets, the perfect double duty party activity and favor at Hey Bubbles.
Under The Sea
Got a water baby? Head to out to your local pool and splash the day away. Seattle has oodles of pools; further north, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood have awesome indoor pools with lazy rivers and plumbed-in spray toys. If you are planning a summer birthday, head to a free splash pad like these in Tacoma.
Hello! Write the party info on a beach ball and mail in a padded envelope; Mix Mingle Glow did this and you know their guests couldn’t wait to attend.
Goodbye! Besides their beach ball, purchase noodles for the party and send guests home with them.