First Birthday Party

I know it is LONG overdue, but here is a post about her first birthday party that we planned.

Theme: DJ has a cute polka dot back pack that a good friend gave us.  The bag was lime green with white polka dots and has a pink button with her initial “D” on it.  We use it to pack up toys for longer outings.  It was the perfect inspiration for her birthday party!


I designed these invitations using my favorite design program of choice, PowerPoint.  Its actually what I used to design my wedding invitations too!

I just put them in some white envelopes and passed them out to about 25 of our close friends.  We also invited our neighbors!


J planned on cooking burgers and hot dogs on the grill to serve everyone lunch.  We stuck to a pretty simple menu that we could prep ahead of time.

  • Hot Dogs
  • Hamburgers/Cheese Burgers
  • Veggie Tray
  • Fruit Salad
  • Chips
  • Watermelon


The back porch was all decorated with pink and green.  Again, our good friend made us a wonderful banner that decorated the wall above the food.  To cover the tables I used a roll of plastic table cover and little green bows on the corners.  It was a great way to add tons of color to the room for little cost!

We had two tables set up for people to sit at and eat lunch.  Of course the guys were all hungry and were more than willing to sit down.  On each table I put 6 pictures for each month of her life.  Again, it was a nice cheap centerpiece that was meaningful to us!

We love our Uncle Chuck!


After lunch, we had some activities for the kids including some homemade coloring books (her favorite activity!) and playing outside.  Luckily we had great weather!

Coloring with Mom

Yes, she woke up from her nap and wanted to wear her bear slippers!

She would ride a bike all day with someone pushing her! Bubbles and Four Square kept the other kids happy!


After play time, it was time to gather everyone back up and eat some cup cakes!  We ordered the cupcakes from a new bakery in town called Lucy and Leo’s.  We ordered strawberry shortcake (with whipped cream instead of frosting), vanilla with green frosting, and chocolate with pink frosting.  DJ got a large vanilla cupcake to eat with a big polka dot number one candle!

More cake smash pictures can be seen in this post, where she really got messy!

It was a wonderful birthday party celebrating our sweet little girl with some amazing friends and family that also love her.  It is really so amazing that the year has gone by SO fast!