I wanted Owen's first birthday to be unique and special, while using as little money as possible. My goal was to decorate with things I already had in the house, buying only a few basic necessities. The result was a very simple, handmade party... nothing extravagant or expensive, just a sweet little celebration of our baby's first year.
The little graphic on the invitations inspired the entire party. I didn't want it to feel overly themed - just light and fun.
I'd much rather make things than buy them. I'm a cheap DIY-er who likes old-fashioned things.
Invitation - DIY in Photoshop, printed on cardstock; copied from an Instagram I can't seem to find anymore :/
Orange Envelopes - Office Max
Big Hot Air Balloon - DIY; Japanese paper lantern, colored tissue paper for the stripes, yarn, half an oatmeal container for the basket
Circle Garlands - DIY
Party Hat - free printable from mrprintables.com/printable-party-hats-stripes.html, DIY yarn pompom
Little Hot Air Balloons - DIY; mini Japanese lanterns, mini cupcake liners
Cake Topper - DIY; mini Japanese lantern, toothpicks, mini cupcake
Pretzel Hugs - sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/03/12/pretzel-hugs/
Popcorn Containers - Target
Stripey Straws - Target
The big hot air balloon is my favorite... I spent the most time making that. I also loved Owen's face when he saw the party favors (helium balloons tied to animal cracker boxes) sitting all in a row - balloons just make everybody happy.