Our little guy, Townes, celebrated his 1st birthday a couple of weekends ago. Given our other two children are also celebrating birthdays and we are vacationing in July, we decided to keep his party small with just a few family and friends.
My two (now three) year old suggested the Curious George theme and it seemed perfect for our little monkey that is curious and climbs everything. I created a Curious George mood board with birthday party ideas a few weeks ago and it was fun seeing it all come into play. As always, I made several changes along the way but I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.
I kept the decorations simple for his party. I used red, yellow, light blue and light green colors so it would have been really easy to reuse the decorations from Lily’s Sesame Street party but I wanted a few fresh items just for him.
Curious George Party Decorations
The one item I reused was the balloon wreath. I couldn’t resist. It was cute and fit the color scheme.
I made a few paper pinwheels that I used in the centerpiece decorations. They were a cute and fun addition.
I also added a Curious George stuffed animal because it just seemed necessary
I like to include photos of the guest of honor as a center attraction so this party was no different. I had a sepia tone infant photo to show how much my little munchkin has grown. The photo frame was $0.99 from Ikea!
But I didn’t stop with just one photo. Babies grow and change so much during the first year so I wanted to celebrate the monthly milestones! This would have been a great time to display all my monthly photos with the blocks I made but unfortunately, I wasn’t as diligent about taking monthly photos with the blocks beyond month 6. I used foam board to make the #1 because I had it on hand but poster board would have been a much better and lighter option. To avoid trimming the photos too much I cut a number one to fit 4×6 photos (i.e. the center is 6 inches wide and the base is 4 inches high).
We also kept the menu simple. Because the party was from 3-5 we decided against serving a full meal and opted for appetizers and a banana split bar.
Banana Split Bar
I put the ice cream on ice in a metal cold drink tin. It just happened to be that our local grocery store had ice cream on sale buy 2 get 3 free so I stocked up on vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and cookie dough (which was the favorite).
I found these inexpensive banana split boats online. (No, it’s not Lily’s birthday but she is going to get as much wear out of her new birthday shirt as possible!)
This is good – want some?
You can’t have your first birthday cake (or cupcake) without getting it in your hair – right?