I’ve always loved children and even as a teenager, I already dreamed of throwing my own kids party. So imagine my delight when I finally had my own kid! A few months before Summer’s actual birthday I started planning and “pinning” ideas. Since our bubbly baby girl recently acquired a huge liking for Sesame Street and has always enjoyed taking baths, her Papa and I decided on a Rubber Ducky theme.
I searched for other Rubber Ducky themed children’s parties online for more ideas and also made a list of things Summer liked and would enjoy to see at her party such as balloons and bubbles. Here are some photos from the big day:
Of course, I designed the birthday invite. I think, in any event, the invitation (or poster) is where the general mood and color scheme is established. I went for a happy and colorful rubber ducky theme.
We also had to work on a budget so I decided to make the decor myself and we prepared an affordable but yummy menu nonetheless. We served the staple party food, spaghetti and hotdogs, and also set up a make-your-own-sandwich station lined with bread, ham, cheese, peanut butter, strawberry jam, choco-hazelnut spread and marshmallows. Guests had the choice of making either savory or sweet sandwiches (or both!). And what would a kids party be without candy and more sweets?! So we filled all the tables with cheap but delicious treats like chocolate and strawberry wafer sticks (Summer’s and her cousin Cadey’s favorite!), fruit loops, rainbow choco chip cookies and chocolate cupcakes. We also had a pomelo duck pond punch!
And of course the cake! Summer’s birthday cake was a gift from my parents made by Patricia Andres of Chef Iago Cakes. It was a carrot cake covered in blue cream cheese frosting and is probably the best carrot cake I have ever had. I’m sure the guests will attest to that! (You can send me a message if you’re interested in ordering)
More than anything else, what made the party a success was the sheer fact that our little one year old ball of sunshine was extra sunny that afternoon. She enjoyed every moment of her party and to my delight, had no crying episode whatsoever. As far as she’s concerned, it was her best birthday yet! And as far as I’m concerned, it was the best kids party I’ve thrown just yet. I am definitely pleased with it.
I am also so grateful to all those who came and gave gifts. To express our gratitude, I sent personalized thank you cards two weeks after the party to all of them with a cute photo and note with love from Summer.
I’m definitely looking forward to getting creative and craftsy as I throw more children’s parties in the future!