Blake turned one-year-old last week and we decided to throw her a 'Pinterest-worthy' party. I am not one of those crafty moms who loves to host. For Leo, I hung a *one* balloon on the wall, bought him a cake, and baked brownies and cookies that I happened to ruin. (Yes it's possible to ruin pre-made brownies and cookies ... just put them in the oven and forget about them.) I thought that was good... for me. But this year I got inspired to put on my big-girl panties and throw a real party.
I decided on a donut theme because the party was going to be in the afternoon, so we didn't have to do a full meal. We just wanted to do snacks and donuts are easy and cheap. Plus there were so many ideas for donut parties on Pinterest, it made it easy.
I saw these donut towers everywhere and knew that I wanted to make them. This blog gives you details on exactly how to put them together. And of course, the balloon arch was a must. Honestly, picking out the balloons took the longest time. I wanted a simple pink color, a peachy color, and a rosey pink. Finding a pack with those colors was a challenge. I used balloons from two different places to make my arch. The rest of the details fell into place. I added old-timey milk bottles and pink straws to eat with the donuts (no one drank them).
The felt board is actually from Blake's bedroom, and I just added a cute saying.
The smash cake was a last-minute decision. I had initially thought to do the icing in a flower pattern, but then I thought the dots would go with the balloons and donuts. You know, like a circle theme. I love how it turned out! And I just topped it with a glittery 'one' cake topper.
I highly recommend a veggie tray, some fruit, and a cake for the rest of the guests. No one wanted the cake after Blake went head first into it. The cheesecake from Costco is heaven if you need a recommendation. For drinks we had pink lemonade in a self serve stand and a tin filled with beer, water, rose, and ice.
The final touch was gift bags with donut holes for guests to take as they left. I just found a .pdf of a cute saying and printed them out on card stock at FedEx. I used string to tie cards around the treat bag and voila. Easy peasy.