Friday, September 10, 2010

The Big Day Approaches

Pin It Now! I can't believe Avery is going to turn 1 in less than 2 weeks and her birthday party is just 1 week and 1 day away!  Ahhhh!!  We are having the party the week before her birthday because there is a Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Walk here in town on the 19th, so my sister and her husband will be in town for that and we didn't want to make them come over 2 weekends in a row.  Plus my mom is watching one of the neighbors kids the weekends after her birthday.  So the 18th seemed to be the best day for it.  The past few weeks I have been busily getting ready and now I have shifted into high gear.  I am not the super creative type but I am trying to make a couple of the things myself.  Here is my to do list for the party:

- decide on theme, polka dots

- decide on food, we will be serving a small lunch with sandwiches, veggies and a couple other sides plus of course the birthday goodies, cupcakes and ice cream

- decide on cupcake/smashcake recipe, Colorburst Cupcakes made with the colors from the polka dots

- buy some of the polka dot decorations, bought the front door sign, birthday banner, high chair banner, birthday hat and cupcake toppers, I ordered them from Stylish Celebrations on Etsy and LOVE them

- make and send out invitations, my mom made them (they turned out great) and I mailed them a couple weeks ago

- buy tableware, each item is a different color, the big plates are blue, the little plates are red, the silverware is orange, the napkins are green, and the cups are yellow

- buy the birthday cake candle, got a cute one that is a 1 with polka dots on it

- make photo banner, I have started this but haven't finished quite yet, so far I have picked out the pictures, printed them and cut them, cut out the cardstock to go mount them on, and glued the pictures on the cardstock, all I have left is to string them on the ribbon

- make cupcake stand, started this one too but not finished, covered the cardboard cake rectangle with paper and trimmed with ribbon, now I just have to make the pieces that the layers stands on, here are the directions I followed

- make polka dots from the leftover cardstock (these will be used for confetti on the tablecloth and to make the next item on the list), I have started this but not done yet

- make paper chains to hang, working on the polka dots but haven't started otherwise (this one might get nixed if I run out of time)

My goal is to have all the craft/DIY stuff made by the end of this weekend so that next week I can focus on getting the house deep cleaned and the cupcakes and smash cake made.

Things to Do Next Week:
- order the food trays (sandwich lunchmeat and cheese, condiments, and veggies)
- buy the rest of the food
- get balloons
- pick-up flowers
- clean
- make smash cake and cupcakes

I'm sure there are some things that I'm forgetting but it's a pretty good list.  I'm so excited and hope that it all comes together the way I envision!  Gotta go get some work done!


  1. So exciting! I love planning birthday parties!! She will have so much fun! 1 is a big deal. :-) Can't wait to see pictures.

    Have a great weekend!


  2. Oh...first birthdays are so much fun!!
    The cake, the excitement, you all are going to have so much fun. I love the polka dot theme!:)
    Enjoy every minute

  3. Thanks ladies! I am so excited, I can't believe she's about to turn one. I'll be sure to get some pictures up too!

  4. have a list. My son's party is on Saturday and I ordered the invites too late and sent out an e-vite instead. I have his special birthday shirt ordered and on its way...but that is about it.

    I have SOOO much to do!! I guess perhaps tonight would be a good time to do a list like you!!

    You are doing great mama!

  5. Oh girl. Now I am all freaked out. Avery's party and my boy's dual party is on the same day and you have done SO MUCH MORE to get ready than me! lol. I have the place and the cake. That is it. Panic!

    Good luck with the rest of your "to do" list, I am off to make mine!

  6. Terrific list! I'm sure you'll get it all done and it will be fantastic! Good luck, and happy early birthday to Avery!

    Jenn of

  7. So fun! Sounds like a great plan to me and 1st birthday parties are a great mile stone. We will soon be celebrating our last 1st bday and so its a little sad. Good luck you can do it and remember if there are a few things you can't get done it okay and you can also use help when offered! :) Have a great week!

  8. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. My little guy just turned a year old on the 8th. Isn't it a crazy feeling?

    I hope you have a great party!


  9. Thanks so much everyone! I'm having fun putting everything together but can't believe I only have 5 days left. What can I say about the list, I always have to do lists, so it seemed only fitting to have one for this. I know a couple of you all are also planning and preparing for birthdays, can't wait to see how they turn out. I know they'll be great! Birthdays are so much fun!!! Thanks again for all your sweet comments!

  10. Hi, found you on Nater Tot. I'm looking forward to reading more. My little guy will turn 1 next month and I can't believe how fast the time has gone. It's bittersweet because I don't want him to get older, but I'm so incredibly excited to plan his first b-day party.

    My blog is Come stop by any time :)

  11. first birthdays are always fun and exciting. remember to step back and enjoy after all the planning