Winter ONEderland Party, A Winter Themed First Birthday Party
I have to admit that I started planning my son’s First Birthday party 6 months before the big day. My family and friends, however, would tell you I started planning as soon as I was told my due date. Having a winter baby makes planning a little bit more complicated than other seasons as you no longer have the option of using your backyard! So, I joined Pinterest and the rest is history!
I was determined to have an amazing first birthday party while also not breaking the bank! The Winter ONEderland theme was perfect for my vision, and for my pocketbook! In this article I will show you the invitations, fun decoration ideas and yummy favors for this awesome theme for a baby’s first birthday party!
First Birthday Party Invitations:
After looking at hundreds of options, I finally chose this design. It was perfect for a boy, and I loved the style. I especially liked that it was blue as most winter invitations are the traditional red and green colors.
This invitation was purchased through Etsy. The company emailed me the design and I had it printed through a company. It can be printed from home as well on card stock.
I covered my address, phone number and email for this picture because I know you will want to knock down my door to help you plan your child’s Winter ONEderland party :-)
Other winter party invitation options are:
- Snowflakes with the party information printed on it
- Penguins with the party information printed on the belly
- Use a traditional party invitation but put fake snow or glitter in the envelope
- And if you want to be really creative, put the invitation in a bag with a hot chocolate packet and mini marshmallows
First Birthday Party Decorations:
Having a winter-themed first birthday party during the holiday season made decorating quite simple and affordable. Most of what was displayed around the house and on the tables were items I already had for Christmas. The only change I made from my traditional holiday decorating is that I added more snowflakes and penguins and had less red and green items displayed.
Here is what I used to decorate for a winter-themed first birthday party:
- Small blue and white Christmas ornaments from the dollar store: I put them in square vases I already had to give the party a more modern feel.
- Pine cones which can be found right in your backyard or local park.
- Blue candles
- Blue and silver slow flakes from the dollar store were hung from the light fixture
- White paper lanterns with snowflakes were also hung from light fixtures
- Smash cake pictures were placed in white frames and displayed all around the house
- Presents were placed under the Christmas tree
- Framed picture for everyone to sign
- The tablecloth was white with blue snowflakes
- Plates and napkins were white with silver snowflakes
- Serving dishes all fit within the theme (blue with snowflakes, snowman shaped, cute penguins, etc.)
- My Christmas tree was up and decorated which added sparkle
- Garland and lights were strung up outside along with a light up penguin
One of my favorite decorations was the month picture garland I created. I printed pictures of my son from 1 month through 11 months, attached them to a string and hung it across the mantle. It was not only beautiful but a great conversation piece!
Winter-themed First Birthday Party Favors:
I wanted to keep with the theme, and I knew I wanted to make the favor edible so the hunt began for the perfect favor. After days of searching, I used all the ideas that I liked to create the final product. I purchased plastic bags from Michael’s typically used to cover chocolate covered pretzels. With the help of my awesome, and patient sister, we filled each bag with a few tablespoons of hot chocolate then topped it with Hershey kisses and mini marshmallows. It was perfect!
This picture gives three examples of ways to create this winter party favor depending on your preference and/or colors you choose to use. Each is filled with hot chocolate but with different toppings:
- White chocolate chips with French vanilla-flavored snowman marshmallows
- Milk chocolate chips with peppermint-flavored marshmallows
- Milk chocolate chips with regular mini marshmallows
Spoiler alert: This favor went perfectly with the hot chocolate bar which will be described in detail in Part 2! You won’t want to miss it!
Stay tuned for Part 2 which will feature all the food options including the amazing first birthday cake used to make this party perfect!