So, now that we’ve had some time to recover from Elem turning 1…I can talk about her party. It took a while for us to finally take the decorations down, but with Katie’s shower coming up at my house I wasn’t sure she would appreciate a “tropical” baby shower theme (you’re welcome, Katie!)
We knew from the start we didn’t want to have an over-the-top 1st Birthday party, but we also knew that that DOES NOT mean we couldn’t still decorate like we were having one! We just had family and a few close friends come hang out for a while. We love any excuse for tropical decor (hello…we already have a tiki bar in our 50’s split-level basement!) so this was a great excuse to pull out some decorations we already had and add some new ones. We went with a loose “Gilligan’s Island” theme since we love all things 50’s-60’s and because we have one of the cutest ginger we’ve ever seen! I acquired some gold lame leggings (for Elem, of course) and made her a little “S.S. Minnow” shirt to wear with them. My favorite part was the tiny photo booth with an S.S. Minnow for the littles to stand in! I also put some bowls of cheerios out for the littles…I had some rubber footed bowls which helped them not slide around everywhere and the kids loved this. A real toddler ice-breaker! We also had lots of delicious food, including Chinese style ribs (if you’ve been to Trader Vic’s you-know-what-I’m-talking-about). They were delicious, as usual with anything my husband Jeff cooks! The kids drank from tiny hibiscus print straw cups and adults got their choice of a coconut mug with fun silly straws! You’re never too old for a silly straw, am I right?!
We didn’t spend much on the party since we already had a good start on decor and I was able to make a lot of the decorations. We were able to find most of our party goods online on the cheap.
Things I made for the party:
-pinata style ‘e’ with streamers and cardboard
-“fish floats” with big balloons and decorative fish nets
-lots of small balloon “coconuts” for the fish netting and palm trees!
-up-cycled “palm trees” with packing material, green poster board, and balloon coconuts
Things we bought for the party:
-blow up palm tree (we couldn’t resist!)
-blow up fruit
-plastic coconut cups and hibiscus sippy cups for the kids
-paper fan decorations
-plates, napkins, etc.
Total Amount Spent: give or take $120 (we spent about $80 on decor and $40 on food)
I still can’t believe my girl is ONE! What a fun year!