We moved into Maison de Pax one week before Littler Pax was born, and he just turned one. Amazing. We decided to have a “backyard barbecue” for his party:
And I thought they were perfect. I wanted something that said “boy” and “casual” without being too cutesy. In an effort to pursue that general feeling, I chose the light blue and red from the invitations (it helped that I already had card stock in those colors) to make this bunting:
And I let those colors dictate the rest of the decor. As you can see above, we had tissue paper pompoms (I happened to use Miss Mustard Seed’s HGTV tutorial, but there are many out there that are fabulous), light blue cupcakes with red and blue flags, red and blue paper goods, and some chalkboard accents for fun. I already showed you how to make homemade mason jar bubbles for party favors:
And suggested photos of the birthday boy at one day and one year for cheap decorations that the guests really enjoyed:
For dinner, we served hot dogs fresh off the grill with a hot dog bar of various gourmet ingredients: caramelized onions, sweet jalapeños (this is Texas, after all!), feta cheese, honey mustards, and more…
We also had some pretzels and dip, chips and salsa, veggies, and potato salad. As I said in this post, I really was striving to make this a fun, relaxing, enjoyable event for all of us. Why turn something that should be joyous into a stressful ordeal? This particular menu meant a little work the day or two before, but nothing but grilling sausage the day of. Perfect.
Not only was it easy, it was very inexpensive. I bought paper goods at the dollar store, made bunting from card stock I already owned, used frames and chalkboard contact paper I already had to make the 1 day to 1 year pictures, and even lucked out by finding this fabulous wagon at Goodwill for $4.
In the end, the weather was gorgeous, the company was divine, and I was so pleased with how it all turned out. Best of all, Littler Pax seemed to have a blast.
And, though if you’ve been following me regularly, you know I’ve refrained from showing pictures of my children so far (because, if I’m really being honest, I find them so easy to photograph that I’m afraid I won’t be able to stop sharing!)… I’ve got one more picture of this handsome and happy birthday boy for you:
I’d say that’s a recommendation if I’ve ever seen one. 🙂
How about you? Any great birthday ideas to keep it simple, inexpensive, and classy?