'One'der Woman: A First Birthday Party
Wonder Woman is in the spotlight after the movie release last year. Yay for girl power!
A few months back, a friend of mine, Meggie, was brainstorming first birthday party ideas for her little girl with me. Her little one, Attley, was a preemie and proved to be quite the little fighter this past year. If you want to learn more about Attley's journey, you can check out Meggie's blog, The Abundant Momma. Meggie wanted the party theme to reflect little A's journey over the last year, and when we came across the idea of a 'One'der Woman theme, it was a perfect fit! With Mom's approval, I was off to the races with fun ideas to make the vision come to life.
The traditional Wonder Woman colors of red, yellow, and blue are bright and fun, making them perfect for a first birthday.
DIY Building Backdrop
What You Need
Boxes of Different Sizes
Superheros always seem to be around tall buildings! To create a fun & easy backdrop, I saved some shoe boxes and Amazon boxes to turn into buildings. A variety of shapes and sizes will help create the cityscape effect. I wrapped each box with either blue or red wrapping paper that I picked up at Dollar Tree ($1 per roll). Then, I used yellow cardstock to create the windows on each building. I used red and blue cardstock to create the building roofs (and, hide the tape). For a few dollars, you can really create the star focal point of your party table
Paper Products & Printables
When using primary colors, I recommend starting your party supply search at your local dollar store. They often carry tablecloths, plates, cups, napkins, and silverware all in your color scheme. Dollar Tree has even been adding some fun patterned paper products as well. Everything is $1!
Dollar Tree also carries a fun selected of tissue pom poms and tissue garlands that make for easy decor. You might remember my DIY Under the Sea Tissue Pom Pom creatures from earlier this year.
One of my favorite graphic designers, Meghan of Elva M. Design, created all of the fun Oneder Woman printables for the party. She also recently created 1980s birthday party printables for my 30th birthday party and we did a fun glamping collaboration earlier this fall. Be sure to head over to her site and you may just fun some fun, free seasonal printables as a bonus!
One of my favorite items Meghan designs are these adorable straw flags. They are easy to add to any straw and have become a staple at many of my parties! Pair them with a drink station sign and you can cross that decor off your list in no time.
Highchair Banner & Balloons
Other than the main table, the highchair is the main attraction at a first birthday party. I mean, how can you not find it adorable watching a little one dive into a smash cake?! I crafted up a fabric banner using red, blue, and yellow fabric. I like to use a mix of solids and patterns when creating these. I cut each strip to be about 21 inches and cut two at a time by folding the fabric in half. If you are more of a serious crafter, I highly recommend investing in a rotary cutter and a larger rotary cutting mat. It really upped my fabric cutting game. However, good old fashioned scissors work just fine, too!
To add some balloon flare, again, turn to Dollar Tree. They have a great assortment of balloons that won't break the bank and they fill them up for you! I also grabbed a huge red balloon with blue and yellow accents in the fall Target dollar spot clearance and got it filled at my local grocery store. Pro party tip: your local grocery or party store will fill up your own balloons and only charge for helium. It helps save on balloon costs!
Snacks & Dessert
The party was from 3-5 PM, which is a nice time to host and keep it simple with the food. Light snacks go a long way and are easy on the budget. The menu included hummus and pretzels, chips & salsa, fruit skewers, and cheese & crackers.
There was also an assortment of mini-cupcakes from a local bakery that embraced the Oneder Woman theme with stars and red glitter sprinkles. Meggie and I just added on some cupcake toppers created with superhero stickers and toothpicks for an extra touch. The stickers also doubled up as fun party favors for the littlest guests!
No first birthday party is complete without some fun photos chronically the little one's first year. You can display photos easily on a fireplace mantel or any other wall space with a fringe banner and clothespins. I also added in some fun superhero words from Meghan's printable set to keep with the theme.
This was such a fun celebration of this little lady's first year! I was so happy to be a part of making Attley's day special for her and her family!