After years of small family gatherings, we finally took the plunge and threw an actual birthday party for Littleman. And you know what? My four-year-old’s first birthday party was a major success!
The day started out well with Bo giving me his own little gift…sleeping through the night! And not the six-hours-is-considered-through-the-night bullshit, but 11 whole hours! Straight! (Don’t get me wrong. Most nights I’d give my left arm for even six hours of straight sleep!)
Anyway, back to the party…
My sister and I are both coming to the end of maternity leave, so she decided to come visit with her daughter for the week. It was good timing because she was able to help me with some of the party prep in advance of the big day. She’s super crafty and even took an amateur cake decorating course in the past, so I’m always happy to have her help with these sorts of things.
I decided to go with a construction theme for the party because Littleman and his buddies are pretty into anything construction-related (also firetrucks and super heroes, obviously, but we had to narrow it down!) I’m really happy with how everything turned out, considering my main goal was to keep it all VERY simple and inexpensive.
The venue was great. We rented a play gym not far from our home. It had a large playroom that was filled with padded things for the kids to climb and jump on, plus a second room with a kid-sized table and chairs for the meal. The staff organized a few activities for the kids and then let them run around like maniacs for a while. Then we moved to the second room where the kids sat down for pizza and cake. We had pizza for the parents too.
I kept the decor low-key, with yellow plates, napkins and table cloth to match our construction vehicles. The morning of his party, Littleman and I were talking about what would be there and after I mentioned cake and pizza, he said, “and I think there will be party hats.” Shit. I said, “no, I don’t think so.” And he said, “yes, I think there will.” Thank god for mothers. My mom ran out and found yellow ones to save the day.
The cake was an idea I found on Pinterest and it turned out great. I made two 9×13 cakes and put them together. We iced them with chocolate icing (a super easy and yummy recipe) and then decorated it with mini construction vehicles, chocolate covered raisins and Oreo cookie crumbs.
The party favours were rice krispie squares wrapped up with a little construction vehicle for each kid. Not too expensive and the kids loved them.
Littleman had an absolute ball playing with his friends. Bo was a bit overwhelmed by the whole event, however we did discover that he loves pizza (of course he does, who doesn’t??)
All in all, things went very well. I’m so glad that we decided not to try hosting the party at our house. There is nothing better than walking out at the end of the night and not having to clean up!