Mylar balloons took center stage for easy decor. Here’s what I bought to pull the party decor off:
– Gold foil letter balloons to spell DONUT GROW UP.
– Gold foil cursive ONE balloon
– Donut Shaped laytex balloon – purchased in white
– Craft acrylic paint, I used a bright pink, green, and turquoise
– Multi-color tissue paper, but into small rectangles
– Curling ribbon for donut balloons
– Helium tank (I just discovered these one-time use tanks- they are amazing!)
For the donut balloons I followed this tutorial, but decided to sprinkle the tissue paper sprinkles on while the paint was still wet and ditch tape. That worked like a charm!
I also had Sharpies on hand in hot pink, blue, and green, and we added some lines to the balloons to look like sprinkles. It was easy, looked great, and it took hardly any time!
Since we have so many nieces and nephews we decided it would be great to buy several packs of mini-donuts for their dessert. This was a big hit! I couldn’t believe how happy they were to grab one of these favors and enjoy easy to eat smaller donuts! We also gave them out as favors at the end of the party.
My mom made the cake for the cake smash, and copied a sprinkle idea I had originally seen on Pinterest. So easy, so cute, and so perfect to go with the doughnut sprinkles!
I have to admit I have a child who doesn’t take after me and is bit of a clean freak; he likes to have food spills wiped up fast, diapers changed immediately if he doesn’t make it to the toilet with infant potty training, and he shakes excess food off his hands while eating. I knew the cake smash would likely be tame, but I enjoyed watching his awe of the cake and poking around to figure out layers and textures.
This was about as crazy as it got, taking a few bites right out of the cake. I’ll take it, and I’m secretly pretty happy I have a fairly tidy boy!
His aunts and uncles and cousins were so sweet to show up and bring him some great presents. He’s a bookworm through and through, and almost everyone brought him a book. It’s just one more thing I am loving about this perfect one-year-old and this phase- reading and bringing me books. Add this to first steps, first words, and curiosity about the entire world, and I’m standing by this theme even more. Don’t grow up little boy, I’d love to bottle you up and keep you in this darling phase forever!
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