This weekend we celebrated our gorgeous daughter’s first birthday. Her birthday isn’t until Tuesday but we had all of her little friends over to celebrate Wild West style.
A few weeks ago I spent several days making several attempts at these ‘wanted’ birthday invitations. We tried tea water, coffee water, food colouring. It either wouldn’t bond to the paper or it made the ink run so much you couldn’t read the text. The winning combo was: A little bit of coffee with hot water to make a strong mix + a paint brush which dripped the coffee over the page. Then I put them in the oven and when they were dry, burnt the edges with a lighter. The result: perfecto!!
We spent the few weekends leading up to the party making signs, props and preparing the menu. We decided that we didn’t want to just put out bowls of chips and sweets. We wanted to provide healthy, delicious food that kids and adults would enjoy. My lovely wife was baking for 2 days and made sweet and savoury muffins and chicken mince sausage rolls. We also had a fruit platter, baby animal and rice crackers, carrot and celery sticks, and cheese and crackers. It was all devoured so we think it was a success!
We used the custom water bottle labels I bought from Etsy and made up 24 bottles and Quin’s grandma made a punch to keep everyone hydrated. Everyone commented on the water bottles and a few people took them home.
I made up a bunch of sugarfree goodie bags for the kids to take home. They included 2 stickers, 2 temporary tattoos, a plastic animal, bubbles and a smiley face badge.
I made a few chalk boards for the littlies to play with if they wanted some quiet time. I upcycled old photo frames and painted the backboards with blackboard paint. What’s awesome about these blackboards is they are sooooo cheap to make. Frames without the glass are always a dollar or less at the charity shop or treasure market.
We used the old pallets we’ve had laying around for ages to showcase 20 of our favourite pictures of Quin from the last12 months.
The saw horse horses were made from ikea table legs we don’t need anymore and bits of wood I had in the shed. They took about 10 minutes to make and we’re sure every kid played with them during the party.
Quin’s teepee which her mummy made her a few months back came out and was as popular as ever!
The idea for Quin’s gold mine stemmed from seeing a large magnifying glass at the shop. Add a bit of sand, a few painted rocks and some gold pans from Papa and you have a gold mine!
My lovely wife made these pool noodle ponies. Not only can kids ride them, they can hit each other and no one gets hurt, as we discovered.
We bought 7 hay bales from a local farmer for $7 each and I made her some very rough happy birthday bunting. Once it was all set up we were ready to party!
We had such a fabulous morning and we’re so grateful to have so many wonderful friends and family who made the effort to come and get dressed up. All the kids and the parents got into the games and there were no sugar-crash meltdowns – complete win!