On November 29th, 2018 our twins turned 1! It was a bitter sweet moment. We couldn’t believe it had already been a year since they had came into this world. We have made so many memories already with our little ones already, and we can’t wait to continue to make more first time memories with them.
So I’m going to be truthful about planning a 1 year olds birthday party. IT IS STRESSFUL! Or at least I made it stressful.. you’re planning a party for a child who won’t even remember it. So as my husband put it: “you’re planning this party for yourself.” But it’s an important milestone! Your kid is turning 1! You want it to be special, and if anyone remembers this party it will be you as a parent!
When it comes to planning a 1st birthday, you have to take everything into consideration. For us it started with a theme! There are so many different themes you can choose from. I also needed to find something that was gender neutral (perks of having boy/girl twins). Here are a few that we narrowed it down to:
- Donut Grow Up
- Pirates and Mermaids
- Wild & One
- Oh, The Places You’ll Go
We decided on doing the Wild & One theme. We mixed it in sort of with a lumberjack theme and did buffalo plaid and woodsy themed food. We literally DIY’d everything! We had my husband’s aunt make their onesies and t-shirts, we made Emery’s tutu, their birthday banners, I made their cakes, and we made all of the food.
For our “Hedgehog Cheeseball” my mother-in-law made her special cheeseball, we used almonds for the spines on the Hedgehogs back, and olives for the eyes and nose.
The “Birch Logs” did not turn out exactly how I wanted. We used large pretzel sticks, melted white chocolate to dip them, and then we ended up using like chocolate hardening shell, you know like the stuff you put on ice cream. If I were do make these again, I would just melt down normal chocolate and use that instead.
The “Sleeping Bags” were made with flour tortillas, Turkey lunch meat, cranberry sauce, and cream cheese.
“Don’t Feed the Bears” were Teddy Grahams, chocolate and regular.
“Rainbow Trout” were rainbow goldfish crackers.
The “Acorns” were made with mini chocolate chips, mini Nilla Wafers, Hershey’s Kisses, and chocolate frosting to glue it all together.
Our “Woodland Berries & Dip” we used strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Our dip was made with cream cheese, and marshmallow fluff.
I really wanted to have a “Hot Chocolate Bar”. It was actually a big hit! To add to your hot chocolate there was white chocolate, butterscotch, and peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows, pumpkin spice marshmallows, and a lot of candy canes.
I made their cakes out of just boxed cake mix. They are 3 layered yellow cakes with a cool whip frosting and sprinkles. Emery has an allergy to dairy, so I had to make a frosting that was dairy free! Here is the link to the frosting recipe:
What I don’t have pictures of (sadly) are the adorable party favors that I made! I put together s’mores using Graham Crackers, half a bar of Hershey’s chocolate, and four marshmallows. I tied a note to them that said “Thank you for making our party S’MORE fun!”
All in all I would say their birthday party turned out amazing! They had fun, and so many of our friends showed up to celebrate our babies! They got so many awesome gifts that they love from some beautiful people who love them! Emery and Elijah will not remember the day that I so stressfully planned for them, but they will get to see pictures, and I will always remember their first birthday party!