One of my favorite things that you see at a lot of birthdays is the first year chalkboard. I used a chalkboard I had made for my wedding and chalkboard paint markers. I followed a tutorial I found online after my girlfriend and I ghettoly (is that a word?) measured Kennedy on the floor with measuring tape and weighed her by holding her on a scale. It was relatively easy and, I think, it came out cute.
I originally made a photo book of Kenendy's first year but I decided to wait to order it since I wanted her one year pictures to be in! So, instead, I made a sign out of all of Kennedy’s monthly pictures with the adorable quote “You are better than you believe, stronger than you think and loved more than you will ever know”. It came out pretty cute and I used it next to the drinks which had striped pink straws in them (not shown a bazillion champagne glasses). I also made a “ONE” banner for her high chair out of fabric leftover from her nursery and white paint. Super easy, adorable and more durable than a paper sign!
Outside of that, I order a bunch of decorations off of oriental trading… champagne pom poms, pink hanging lanterns, hanging fans, and gold silverware. I layered them over the food table, the children's play area and the stairs (the more the better in these instances). I found adorable napkins and thank you notes at Marshall’s, and ordered durable white plates from Amazon.
I went easy on the food and made mini sandwiches (with the help of my Mom and Mother-in-law) with ham, turkey, meatballs and brisket along with some guacamole, baked brie and cheese and crackers. Both the kids and adults enjoyed the food without needing much silverware. My Mother-in-law made a beautiful and delicious cake and in lieu of a smash cake, I made a cupcake for Kennedy which she was barely interested in #isthatsuccess?.
Kennedy was equally excited and terrified by the attention but I know that when she looks back at pictures she is going to love seeing so many special people that were there to share in her big day. Cheers to making it through this first year and for loving this little girl more than there are stars in the sky!