Donut Grow Up 1st Birthday Party

Sometimes you just need a party theme that encompasses your feelings perfectly. I’ve had a hard time swallowing the first year of my baby’s life is already here, and as much as I’ve tried to slow down and enjoy every minute of it, the minutes have just seemed to evaporate.
Maybe it was all the years we waited for and prayed for this miracle baby, but we felt a big push to invite our very large families over for a themed party to celebrate our special boy and the joy he’s brought to our lives this past year. Even if his mom was in denial it was coming for about an entire month, we still embraced it eventually. What can I say, when you know your child may be your only baby if the fertility treatment cards don’t fall your way again, you just try to bottle up their littleness and hold onto it for as long as you can!
So Donut Grow Up was decided upon due to the cute factor and ease to throw this party together. I knew some balloons, cake stands, and an order to our local bakery would do the trick!


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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  1. Lovely post and such a cool idea, sounds ideal. Love the cake and the large gold foil letter, really makes a showstopper! thanks for sharing and I got more emotional at my daughters 2n birthday and all the babies were now so big and talking!!! enjoy and thanks for sharing #TwinklyTuesday – (Not Just Phoebe)

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