First Birthday Party Ideas and Inspiration

“Elliott’s Favorite Things” First Birthday Party

I have a 1-year-old … how did that even happen? It's truly mind-boggling to think that I've been at this parenting thing for a whole year now, and it's been amazing to see this tiny human grow and become her own person, with likes/dislikes. It was these likes (and Oprah), that gave me the inspiration to create her first birthday party theme: Elliott's Favorite Things.

The foundation was a custom motif created by Katie Fischer Design, featuring whimsical illustrations of her favorite things: Daniel Tiger, strawberries, keys, blocks, books and, of course, our beloved cat Scout. We then incorporated these illustrations into the invitation, cookies and cakes created with Ink Edibles‘ icing printer, cocktail napkins, and the custom tablecloth and throw pillows made by Spoonflower. And then they were represented in various forms: strawberry artisanal lollipops, a reading nook in our Minted playtent, books as decor, and even a Daniel Tiger-approved real-life trolley ride for guests! For favors, kids received their own take-n-toss sippy cups labeled with their names to use during the day, as well as bags filled with goodies and a Golden Books classic. They also had a blast decorating their own cookies with YummyArt decorating kits (now available at Walmart!).

I love details that have special meaning, and this party celebrating our sweet girl — captured by Phillip Van Nostrand Photography — was full of them. 

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Brittny Drye

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Brittny Drye
As a lover of all things wedding and a fierce cheerleader for marriage equality, I decided to marry my two passions and create a resource where all couples can be equally represented. Armed with seven years in both print and online lifestyle journalism, I dove headfirst into this passion project in 2013 and Love Inc. was born. I’m inspired every day by the couples that grace our pages, from the can’t-live-without-you grasps to the gentle sweeping away of a happy tear, the love that they so clearly have for each other is intoxicating, and drives me to create the best product possible … while enjoying every second of it.

Birthday Girl's Outfit: Tate & Adele

Cookies and Birthday Cake Frosting Sheets: Ink Edibles

Cookie Decorating Kits: Yummy Art Products

Lollipops: Etsy

Custom Tablecloth and Throw Pillows: Spoonflower

Trolley Service: North Fork Trolley

Decal: Etsy

Book Favors: Golden Books Collection

Custom Stickers: Stickermule

Automated Cocktail Maker: Barsys

Highchair: OXO

Playtent: Minted

Cocktail Napkins: