I can’t believe our little pumpkin is already 1! As Andrew’s parents, Matt and I are so proud of everything he has accomplished, so we wanted to make his first birthday party extra special. Andrew’s grandma even flew out from LA for the party! As you can see, it looks like the party was a success and that he had a blast! He was all partied out by the end of the party. Here’s my party recap in hopes it inspires someone else who has a firetruck loving baby.
Plan It: Matching Firetruck-themed Invitations & Thank You Notes
To kick off the excitement for Andrew’s 1st birthday party, I mailed these festive firetruck-themed invitation to family and friends. To make the invitations, I went to Paper Source and got the paper, along with everything I needed to emboss the red firetruck stamp. We printed out the party details with a polka dot font and glued them on and added a red tie for extra flair. Get our “how-tos” on how to create your own DIY Embossed Party Invitations!
Cook It: Keep Food & Drinks Simple, but Festive
We kept the party food pretty simple since we were hosting the party in Central Park, NYC. Everyone loved the dalmatian cupcakes as well as the “Get Fired Up for Cupcakes!” homemade sign (which had the embossed red firetruck stamp, matching the invites).
The water bottles had custom “Happy 1st Birthday Andrew!” labels (from Mo and Co Parties) with a homemade sign (with the firetruck stamp) saying “Stop, Drop, and Drink Water!”
Mommies and daddies enjoyed the Strawberry Mint Lemonade cocktail. We kept the vodka on the side to give adults the option to spike it and also allowing kids to enjoy it as well. The cocktail had its own sign (also with the firetruck stamp) saying “Fire Fuel – Mommies & Daddies Only!”
Create It: Add Flair with Firetruck-Themed Banner & Favors
I found a festive, homemade and firetruck-themed “Happy Birthday Andrew!” banner (from Sweetheart Party Shop) which added fun flair to the party.
Guests received personalized “Flaming Favor Bags” from PaperNook. The cute bags had red firetrucks for the boys and bright pink firetrucks for the girls.
My mom and i had fun making these non-toxic, baby-friendly bubbles from The Honest Company. These were laid out for everyone to enjoy in the park.
Additional firetruck-themed park toys were set out for the babies to place in their personalized bags including dalmation finger puppets and “Future Firefighter” rattles – all with their own sign of course. We set out red twizzlers and yellow butterscotch candies to satisfy guests with a sweet tooth.
When we sang “Happy Birthday” each baby received their own fire hat to wear while singing to Andrew. Everyone got to keep their hats!
Style It: “Casual Chic” Picnic Attire
It was a hot, summer day in NYC so guests wore the appropriate”casual chic” sundresses and shorts attire.
Everyone seemed to have a great time! I was so thankful for everyone who came by. Here’s to a great year!