SnowcONE first birthday party
My absolute favorite role is Mom. I LOVE being Momma to our little dude. And my husband LOVES being his daddy. Together, we love celebrating our dude all day, everyday. He is the silliest, wildest, no-napping little guy. Our whole world made sense the second we laid eyes on him.
(This is NOT going to be a Mommy-blog. No mommy shaming + no real tips because I have no clue how we are even doing on the parenting front. As long as he’s happy & healthy and we are all surviving at the end of the day, it’s a win in our book!)
My entire pregnancy, we ate snow cones probably every other day. Needless to say, once he was old enough to try, our little dude loved snow cones too. We knew way before his actual birthday in July that we wanted to do snow cones at the pool since our summers are so hot & they were his favorite.
When coming up with party themes, I’m just going to come right out and admit that I am OBSESSED with puns. My grandmother always tells me ‘Sarah, puns are the lowest form of humor’ – well, call me low form because I love a silly effortless pun. After nailing down that we would be doing snow cones, I realized the word ‘ONE’ is in snowcONE so it all came together from there.
We were originally going to buy a snow cone machine and make them ourselves.
I love the look of this classic one, isn’t it pretty?
But the way our schedule worked out, the only available date to have his birthday party was the day after my best friend’s wedding. My maid-of-honor updo was still in tact Sunday when we started setting up for the party & we were in no shape to do anything ourselves. Luckily, we knew this ahead of time & went ahead and booked a local snowcone business to bring their portable trailer down to the pool and do snow cones for everyone. It was great, it was easy, affordable & most importantly, our dude was thrilled!
As usual, I went overboard with the paper products/decor. That graphic design degree really comes in handy when it comes to this stuff 🙂
My go-to’s for party planning:
- Custom logo, my fave
- Custom invitation with custom logo – this is a MUST. The invitation sets the tone for the party! confession: I cringe at poorly done invitations.
- Chalk board decor & signage with the logo… and as many puns as I can find
- Cupcake & cake toppers – usually out of paper
- Themed adult beverages – and kid beverages too
- Custom cups (w/ custom logo for the beverages)
- Themed food if applicable, at least themed tableware & food picks
- For my little guy, a matching t-shirt made with my vinyl cutter
- Snap chat filter
- Sugar cookies that fit the theme – if I can sweet talk my bestie/cousin into making them, y’all sugar cookies are HARD to make!!
Oh & shoutout to my brother-in-law, Austin Windell [Austin Windell Photography], for always capturing the best photos of our little family.
I LOVED these invites!
Doodles on a chalkboard are so easy & make such a fun entrance. I almost always add a few coordinating balloons. This poor chalkboard easel has survived so many parties! Don’t judge how many times you see it photographed throughout the party posts. Here is a cute personalized banner that is cheap & would be just as cute!
The happiest one year old smashing a cake + a snow cone at the same time! (You can kind of see the styrofoam cups with his logo on them here – I know I have better photos somewhere on this computer!).
Custom Snapchat filter… because why not?
For the grownups – can you go wrong with a little splash of rum or vodka in your snow cone? Our reasoning, this is OUR party, too! It takes a village to raise a happy baby & we all deserved a good celebration for a great first year of his life 🙂
As usual, I made a shirt for dude that had his little logo on it (the logo is notorious for also having his monogram haha). I rarely make shirts for myself but I thought this was funny & appropriate.
Aren’t these sugar cookies so adorable? My cousin is amazing. Wrapping them in a little cellophane bag with a cute tie and tag makes the perfect party favor! (these also taste AMAZING!) I like to find the themed-shapes on Etsy and then bribe my cousin into coming over for wine & decorating. Hers ALWAYS look better than mine though. I could definitely use a baking lesson or 2.
Custom cupcake toppers. I almost always design mine then print/cut out of paper because paper is so cheap, it looks fine & it’s not the end of the world if they get thrown away after! For these, I just printed the logo on the toppers and cut them with a round paper punch. If you don’t have a circle punch, you’ve got to get one. I have several sizes & use them way more often than I ever thought I would.
We loved this party theme and I think all of our family/friends did, too. I know we will cherish the memories and photos… why do babies grow so fast!? So thankful God blessed us with this sweet boy that celebrate every day. As of the date of this post, he turns 3 in 9 months and we are already talking about next year’s theme 🙂 I will do a post on his second birthday party soon!