Let’s Plan a 1st Birthday Party!

It’s totally mind-numbing that my daugher is turning 1 in a month. I guess we as parents all have that feeling that the days are long, but the years fly by. So on top of the emotions that surround this milestone, it’s time to plan a party. Fortunately, I just did this story for the March issue of Parents magazine (on stands now)!

First-birthday-photo-craftsOne certainty of becoming a parent is the enormous amount of photographs that you take of your baby—from the first sneeze to the first time he stares at a toy. Riveting material. Here’s an easy decor solution: use your baby’s precious face to decorate the party! Find the how-to’s on Parents.com. {Edit note: baby-in-hat garland is my little Sommer Alice!}

I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time throwing away baby food jars. Here are 3 cool ways to resuse them—favors, vases, and votive holders—for your baby’s first birthday party.

Running 72 errands and buying 34 different craft materials is the last thing you want to do when DIYing your baby’s first birthday party. I have such a crush on the crepe paper from Cartefini.com that I designed an entire party using that solo material!

The handprint is such an icon of babyhood. Make a stamp of your baby’s hand and use it to decorate napkins. Click here to learn which ink pads are best for napkins. Plus you can watch a video too!

(Gorgeous photos by Tara Donne and genius styling by Martha Bernabe)

February 26, 2013| Baby, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Food, Gifts, Parties, Upcycled