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Matthew’s First Birthday Planning Guide

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(This was a page on my blog so that I could keep updating it as I worked through it, but now that Matthew’s birthday is over, I am making it a post.)

Matthew’s First Birthday Task and To-Do List:

1. Cupcake toppers – buy on Etsy? – Found tulle pom poms and will order – DONE

2. Design and make mobile/chandelier – DONE (will be put above cake on table)

3. Party Hats – Buy and then add animals? – NOT DOING

4. Design cake – DONE

5. Make cake topper – #1 and a big dear and a bird on the 1 – DONE

6. Order cake bunting and border poms from Etsy – DONE (got it done in the colors we’re using – not red, white and blue!!)

7. Design and create weights to hold down balloons – DONE

8. Order birthday shirt from Etsy – DONE

9. Order birthday hat from Etsy – DONE (did different color scheme)

10. Design and create Birthday Banner – DONE


11. Order cupcakes and cakes – DONE (I ordered 60 cupcakes for the kids, a two-tier adults-only cake (one tier orange mimosa and the other strawberry daiquiri), and a mini cake all for Matthew!)

12. Get invitations photographed and designed by White Linen Photography – DONE

13. Send invitations – DONE

14. Buy plates, utensils, table cloths, etc. – DONE (teal plates, green forks, brown napkins, orange cups)

15. Order balloons – DONE (ordered them today at party store – they will fill them up and I will pick them up 2 hours before party.  Easy Peasy!  Three bouquets of 3 balloons, 2 bouquets of 7 baloons)

16. Order Matthew’s presents! – DONE (we are not going crazy because he’ll get so many toys as gifts at the party.  He’s getting two “big” things from us.  Well… and I may did order one of these – checking on delivery times.  I’ve wanted one of these for his room since before he was born!)

17. Rent inflatable bounce house if it’s not too late – DONE

18. Check out paper lanterns for deck – NOT DOING

19. Make decorative pom poms – DONE (I have done them for the entry, but may do more for the mantle)


20. Make centerpiece sticks – DONE


Finished products:



21. Favors – DONE – Sparklers for big kids, bubbles for little kids?  Talked to B.  We will have sparklers, glow sticks, and bubbles.  Each will be wrapped in a different tissue paper color and we will have a sign next to them explaining what each color of wrapping means, so parents can pick the appropriate favor.  They will all be in a basket at the door.

22. Glue letters and animals on banner – DONE

23. Buy groceries (beverages, ice cream, other food?) – DONE  We will have pulled pork sandwiches, artichoke dip, grilled chicken fingers for kids, nuts, white wine, bubbly, fruit infused iced water, beer, soda, juice boxes)

24. Clean house and get everything in place! – DONE

25. Make Forest Friend Garland for somewhere – NOT DOING

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

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