Don’s Football & Mint 1st Birthday Party. Note, this post includes affiliate links
Don turned one, so of course, we threw him a birthday party! We actually threw him two because our families are big and our condo is small (so my husband’s family came Sunday night and my family came Monday night). My husband and I talked about different themes and settled on football (his choice) with color accents of mint and gold (my choice). I couldn’t find any cute football themed birthday parties on Pinterest that I loved, but got plenty of inspiration. Here are the three photos I mainly based the party on:
Aren’t those big balloons fun?! I used this photo for color inspiration. Source
I really liked the idea of having a cute place for Don to do his cake smash! Source
The inspiration for my dessert table Source
I am happy with what we came up with! Here are some of the details:
When throwing two parties, you need two invitations. So I went with the option of buying a pre-designed invite on Etsy for $6 and having my sister customize it. (Note: this specific invite is no longer available. But Etsy has similar suggestions if you follow that link!) I wanted more customization than what was easy (I wanted to change the color to a more blue mint), but we were doing invitations so last minute I was fine with it. I sent them to a local printer and got them printed for $2. So they cost me around $9 for invitations.
I have a friend from high school who makes beautiful cakes who offered to make a cake for Don’s party. I was excited because it was one less thing for me to do and I knew we would get a cute cake. So I sent her over these inspiration photos:
Bottom cake tier inspiration. Isn’t that elephant cute?! Source
Top tier of the cake inspiration. Source
So cute right?! The top had a football texture she made with buttercream. For the first party, the cake was just on display (we served cupcakes and I made a smash cake) and for the second party, Don smashed the top layer and we ate the bottom.
I did a major blogger fail and didn’t take any pictures of the actual food. Sorry! It wasn’t super pretty because I kept it simple- just football food so I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen. We ordered pizza, had little smokies, queso dip and chips, a veggie tray, and fruit.
The part I was most excited about! I started planning these out months in advance (as you need to do if you are buying decorations from China). I knew I wanted two main decorated focal points- a dessert table and photos of baby Don. Let’s break those down:
For the dessert table, I wanted to do a cute backdrop. Here’s are the sources:
Paper Fans darker teal: eBay (no longer available)
Paper Fans mint round and Balloons: Zurchers (no longer available)
Tassels: eBay (no longer available)
Gold Letters: eBay (no longer available)
Honeycomb Football: eBay (no longer available)
to see the rest of the party, click below