Hurray! Theo Is ONE!
I had so much fun planning and decorating for Theo’s first birthday party that I thought I’d share a bit of the process with you all. I started with, of course, Pinterest! I pinned away everything cactus themed. I soon realized I needed to find everything cactus related by Meri Meri and that I needed to have a balloon arch because what self respecting Instagram Blogger doesn’t provide their baby with a balloon arch! I don’t think he’d ever have forgiven me.
I tried to keep myself on a tight budget. It’s pretty easy to go crazy on party decor and food. I started at the dollar store picking up everything green and yellow (cutlery, plates, streamers, balloons, kids craft items, etc) then I hit up Winners and HomeSense looking for all of their cactus themed goodies. I found gold string lights, and a pretty cute table cloth. There was definitely more, but just not in the budget. Then I splurged a bit buying some Meri Meri decor online from Canadian retailer Putti (plates, napkins, stickers and tattoos for the kids table) and finished everything off with decor from my own shop Mohr Living (pillows, peacock chair, floor pouf).
I went super simple with the food, picking up a couple of fruit and cheese trays at the grocery store, crackers, chips, pop and juice. I was lucky that Theo’s Grandma knew of a peanut free bakery in Orangeville called Quest For Cakes, and had them make those adorable cactus cupcakes. They were a huge hit!
For decorating I pretty much winged it, I’m that type of DIYer. The night before, I realized maybe there was a bit more to a balloon arch than I thought and I freaked out once I googled it and all these people were saying to use chicken wire, low heat glue guns, arch stands, etc. and all I had was:
So, at 9:00pm I blew up three balloons, sprayed a light amount of adhesive to one balloon and stuck the other two balloons to it. I held them together for 30 seconds or so to let it slightly dry and then waited until morning. I wanted to see if the balloons would stay stuck or even pop with the adhesive. But success was had! The balloons were still stuck together and alive!
It then took me about 45 minutes to make the arch. I glued together three balloons at a time and would take painters tape and tape them to the wall. After the area looked fairly full I started spraying and sticking smaller balloons where I wanted it fuller. It did end up working, although some balloons did manage to fall down as the party progressed, but it was well into it and we had already gotten our Insta shots, ha! Definitely think my lazy person’s hack was worth it as all the instructions I read the night before were intense!
We had such a great time celebrating my little man. How has it even been a year!? He had fun with his family and friends, enjoyed his mini cupcake smashing and looked pretty darn cute. I can’t wait to start planning for next years shindig. If you have any theme ideas let me know below!