Christmas decorations are down and put away, the ball has dropped for the New Year and now it’s time to celebrate my baby who made me a mom. Just when it seems like there is going to be some post-holidays down time, it’s time to prep for Laney’s birthday. Growing up, my mom always made a point to ask me and my brother what theme we wanted for each birthday and she ran with whatever we asked for. She would proceed to cover the kitchen with decorations and made us a homemade cake every year. When I turned 16 she even made a replica of my Mazda Tribute SUV. This love of birthdays has rubbed off on me and I now also love to decorate around a theme each year but who makes the cake is a toss up. For Laney’s 1st birthday, it was important to me that I made it for her. I basically knew from the time she was born that I wanted to do a ‘Winter ONEderland’ party. And it totally was meant to be when she became obsessed with penguins about two months before her birthday.
When Laney turned 2, I told myself I was going to do a smaller party, however, I was totally into the theme with Laney’s love of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and the whole gang so my event planner background took over with an ‘Oh TWOdles’ theme.
This time around, when I started asking Laney at the beginning of December what kind of birthday she wanted this year, I knew it would come down between Frozen, Princess or Donuts. She decided on a Donut theme and I let her create her attendee list which includes immediate family, her BFF + parents and our neighbors.
When I shared what I had purchased for Laney’s Donut party in my Instagram stories recently, y’all went crazy over several items — especially the ‘donut princess dress’ as Laney calls it. I’ve linked the pictures for you below in case you have a donut lover too!
These are the invitations I ordered off of Etsy. They are sold as an instant download and it was super easy to edit. (I cropped it in this picture to hide our address.) I also kept it simple this year and just texted it to everyone.
This is the exact set I purchased. It just makes sense to get this because if you buy the items separately they are at least $4 each and I already knew I want several of them. With this set you get the banner, the twirly donut hangers, a donut centerpiece and the mylar balloon for $13. Winning!
For blowing up that balloon!
These dessert plates come with the three designs seen here.
Matching donut napkins.
Laney’s ‘Donut Princess Dress’. Great quality and the donut material is very soft and stretchy!
Laney doesn’t know I have these yet. My parents grabbed them on their last trip to Disney World and she is going to freak out when she sees them! Also a total coincidence that they match perfectly to the dress I ordered from Amazon!
This is the electronic balloon machine I purchased from Amazon. Great reviews and many of you said you’ve used it before and that it’s awesome!
This is a set of 50 balloons including the colors shown and the clear ones with the sprinkle confetti. I love these because they have confetti with the actual sprinkle shape and not just circles like the other types of confetti balloons. I ordered 2 packs and hope that’s enough for the balloon arch.
50 ft. balloon tape. This particular roll includes the holes that allow you to pull the knot through it and then slide to lock in place. Other rolls are just the one hole.
From my research on how to hang a balloon arch, the common recommendation is to use these common hooks with the metal hook and not the plastic hook.
I originally found this craft set at World Market. The store by our house in going out of business so I got them for a little over $2 each but this site has them even cheaper!
I’ll be using this frame to write a fun message on the glass with chalk markers. Not sure what yet but something that is a play on words with donuts and Laney’s birthday. I’ll take out the stock photo and add in one of the pieces of scrapbook paper below. The site is not reflecting a sale price, but if you purchase in-store, frames are always 50% off.
Chalk markers for the glass on the frame. These will easily wipe off when ready to erase.
Donut scrapbook paper to use as a background option for the frame.
Sprinkle scrapbook paper to use as a background option for the frame. Couldn’t make up my mind, so for $.25 I bought both. 🙂
I love these favors! At first I thought, “Oh my goodness! How cute would it be to give out Krispy Kreme’s new mini donuts?!” And then I thought, “Our guests won’t want that after already eating a regular donut from Laney’s donut cake.” So I got on Pinterest to get some ideas. No luck. So I ran the same search in Etsy and these chapsticks popped up. Laney LOVES chapstick these days. I think it makes her feel like she is putting make up on like me and since it’s currently something she is into, I thought this would be a great thank you to our party guests. I also made sure to order a few extras for us. 🙂 Tis the season for chapped lips. I customized the label to just say “Thanks a hole bunch!” and chose a vanilla flavor from a list of a dozen options. This shop owner cranked them out and they shipped super fast!
So far, I have the Happy Birthday banner on the mantel and the swirly hanging donuts on my kitchen chandelier. I plan to decorate the buffet (or sideboard, whatever you want to call that piece of furniture) in my kitchen tomorrow with the cake stand, paper products, a silver sparkly tablecloth I’ve used every year since Laney’s 1st birthday and I’ll make the balloon arch. This was a total last minute, spur of the moment addition. I didn’t really Pinterest too many ideas for Laney’s party since we are keeping it small, but I’ve seen some in pictures on social media recently that totally got my event planner brain inspired to make my own. And then when I found those sprinkle balloons on Amazon it was a done deal! I’ll be sharing a tutorial soon with how I made my arch, the size I went with, how many balloons I actually needed, how to hang it up and anything I’d do differently next time if I run into any hiccups, so stay tuned!
What themes have your littles chosen to celebrate their birthdays?