Our little Ryan turns one this week. I can hardly believe a full year has gone past just like that!
I went down the DIY route for most of the decor – we had a colourful striped bunting, polka-dotted balloons, party hats topped with sparkly pom-poms and a little snack corner filled with old-school snacks. We also had a photo wall of Ry’s first year.
(I actually started very late on the preparations but managed to pull everything together in under a week without taking time off from work! Totally worth the sleepless nights and mild panic attacks.)
My mum and Foops prepped all the food (homemade pizzas, fried beehoon, sotong and fish balls, roasted chicken drumsticks), fresh lemonade and baked a chocolate cake. Cher also contributed a delicious watermelon feta salad.
I made all the kids personalised tote bags (with their initials sewn on the front). So cute to see them toting their bags and going around to collect treats to put inside 🙂 I ended up filling their bags with the funfair prizes (bubble solution, Snake and Ladder game, whistling candy from the 80’s, colouring pencils/oil pastels) too.
So glad they liked it coz the tote bags took the most of my time!
We also had a little facepainting session where Sean and his ‘girlfriend’ Charlene went a little wild at. I feared a little for my white walls and sofa but thankfully they were unharmed 😉
It has been an incredible year with Ryan. Big thanks to everyone who was part of his first year and all who came to celebrate his special day.
Ah, can’t believe my baby is ONE 🙂
Some notes on the party preparation
We had a vintage circus/funfair theme going. I went down the DIY route for everything. There are heaps of cool ideas and inspiration online – I only wish I had more time to implement everything!
♥ Wall bunting – Who doesn’t love bunting 🙂 I downloaded the circus font, printed out HAPPY BIRTHDAY and cut the letters out in circles with a pair of pinky scissors. Then I stuck the letters onto colourful striped glassine origami paper (from Daiso) cut into triangles. They were too thin so I backed them with white cardboard and strung them with twine. Loved how they turned out!
♥ Balloons – No party of mine is complete without helium balloons. We went with colourful polka dot ones from the party shop at Holland V. I sent Foops to pick them up with strict instructions to get only red/blue/yellow ones but he came back with every colour of the rainbow – and lost 4 balloons on the way back (flew away/burst). Think I will send someone else next time 😉
♥ Party hats – I wanted to make them from scratch but when I came across these shiny hats from Daiso, I just had to get them. Plus, I was running out of time! Topped them with sparkly pompoms (from the clearance section in Cotton On Kids) and circus cutouts downloaded from the net.
♥ Cake – My mum baked the cake – it is the same chocolate fudge cake that graces all our celebrations. I found a cute free printable of mini bunting so used that with some twine and striped straws from Beautiful Revelry. Simple and nice, just the way I like it.
I got some clown cupcake toppers with the intention of making some red velvet cupcakes. But Foops and my mum vetoed my decision saying there was too much food. I ended up randomly putting them on top of some slices of honeycomb cake my mum made. GRRR!
♥ Snack and drinks corner – Same idea I had from Sean’s 3rd birthday party. Filled small bowls with old-school snacks like pinwheels, gem biscuits, milky baby biscuits and mini Chupa Chups and Tic-Tacs. We got everything from Biscuit King. Wooden scoops are from Beautiful Revelry.
Originally wanted to make some popcorn (in a few flavours) to suit the theme but ran out of time. Thought of candy floss too but didn’t like the idea of kids eating too much colouring and sugar 😉
♥ Goodie bag for the kids – Thought a long time about what to give the kids. Finally settled on personalised tote bags made out of circus animal fabric. I made them in two colourways, red/white and green/blue/grey for the girls and boys.
Confession: I actually started on them the night before the party (to the husband’s horror) – even though we already had bought paper bags – and was still sewing hours before the party. I am a bit mad that way!
Like I said above, I filled them up with colour pencils and old school treats/games like Snake and Ladders, whistling candy and bubble solution. Got them from Popular, Daiso and Biscuit King.
Wish I had put in more thought on what to fill the babies’ bags actually – coz I couldn’t give them the games or sweets!
♥ Popcorn kits for the adults – I thought it would be nice for the adults to get a little something from the party too – since not all our friends have children. So I came up with this DIY popcorn kit. I packed unpopped corn kernels and some seasoning – I prepared cinnamon sugar and parmesan garlic herb in small containers – with instructions on how to make popcorn. I also printed popcorn bags (using white paper bags from Daiso and this free printable). Put everything into little takeaway boxes and topped them with a cute thank you note. Hope everyone goes home to try making them. (I had a lot of trouble finding plain corn kernels at the supermarket actually – Ended up using some pre-buttered/salted ones).
♥ Funfair games – We had two simple games: Fishing and Ball Toss. Got our fishing rods and ducks/fish/crabs from Daiso but they were of very poor quality and two of the rods broke at the start of the party. No one was very interested in the Ball Toss either. The kids just enjoyed playing with water and throwing the balls into the pool. Sigh. Have to admit we didn’t plan the games too well. Oh well, we will try again next party!
♥ Photobooth – My first time trying this and it was a big hit at the party. Surfed around for props online – there are tons – and printed those that I like and glued to wooden dowels (from Spotlight). I also wanted to buy a top or bowler hat and some clown noses but didn’t manage to before the party. The backdrop is two big pieces of cloth from my stash sewn together. Fun and easy party idea!
♥ Photo wall – As with all my kids’ parties, I always print and display favourite photos to celebrate the year gone by. Everyone always has a good time reminiscing the little milestones, funny moments and how tiny the boys were when they were little-r!
♥ Craft corner – One thing I didn’t do for this party was set up a craft corner for the kids. I couldn’t really find any circus-related craft that I liked so in the end, I just printed some colouring pages for them. But in the mad flurry before the party, I couldn’t find them anywhere (and our printer had run out of ink by then). Sigh, will try again next party!
Think that about wraps up everything. It was a lot of work because I left everything to so late but as you have probably figured out by now, I get a huge kick preparing for parties!
Sean is now drawing up grand plans for his birthday in August so I had better get crackin’ 😉