Ah, so nice to start the week on Tuesday, right?! ;)
And to kick things off, we have a super adorable music inspired first birthday party from our contributor Smita.
She ALWAYS pulls off stunningly creative parties for her kids with lots of handmade, DIY details; and I'm honored to be a part of it for her little Aashi's first birthday baby jam!
If you're into your crafts and handmade decor, you'll love how totally clever this party is!
Here's Smita to tell us a little more about this gorgeous party:
Baby Jam Music Inspired 1st Birthday Party - Party Printables and Concept
My 1-year old daughter LOVES music!
The highlight of her week is her Music Together class with Ms. Becca on Saturday mornings. She just lights up when we take her to music class and she bops to the beat throughout the class.
With that in mind, I wanted to celebrate her 1st birthday with a baby-friendly, music-themed party.
I opted for bold, primary colors and simple, musical instrument graphics to appeal to all the babies.
Bird’s Party created a set of custom printables for the theme. I wanted to gear the party to the babies so I made sure we had plenty of baby-friendly activities and food, as well activities and food for the older children at the party. Below is a summary of some of the main elements:
Baby Jam Music Inspired 1st Birthday Party - Printable Invitations
The invitations for the party were small tambourines.
I found the tambourines online and added custom printable labels with the party details. All the guests were excited to receive the tambourines, which I sent/hand delivered in little gift bags.
Baby Jam Music Inspired 1st Birthday Party - Dessert Table/Baby Finger Food Buffet
My vision for the dessert table was for any many desserts as possible to resemble musical instruments.
In addition to the cake, which I decorated myself with fondant toppers and fondant embellishment from MJ Taboush, we had a drum smash cake for the birthday girl to enjoy all to herself.
I made a chocolate-bar piano with Kit Kat and Hershey’s Cookies and Creme chocolate bars, drum marshmallow pops and a gumball guitar mosaic.
Other treats included xylophone cookies, musical instrument cake pops including guitar cake pops, cupcakes with musical instrument toppers, jammin’ jelly beans”, rock candy and twirly pops. Yes, lots of sugar!
We had a lot of older children (and adults!) at the party that really enjoyed the dessert table; but, since the babies were too young to enjoy all the sweets, I had a separate baby finger-food buffet table for the babies. I used appetizer cups from Party City to serve baby-friendly snacks: fruit, cottage cheese, baby yogurt, cubes of cheddar cheese, Gerber puffs…and of course Cheerios, which every baby loves!
Baby Jam Music Inspired 1st Birthday Party - Party Games and Activities
Since my daughter loves Music Together, we invited her teacher from Music Together, Ms. Becca, to come and hold a mixed-age class for the children. All of the children and babies, regardless of age, had a blast singing, dancing and playing instruments with Ms. Becca.
In addition, I made a “musical wall” with various pots and pans and kitchen utensils for the babies to play on; most babies love playing in the kitchen!
For the older children, we put out a “Big” piano (like the one in the movie) for them to play on.
We also set up a “build a band” workshop, where they could make their own instruments using various boxes, tins and craft supplies. They also all got to design their own fish shaker to take home.
A photo booth has become somewhat of a staple for all my parties because they are just so much fun; here I set up a photo booth with a drum set and small guitar for the children to both play and pose with. We used a Fuji Instax camera to take instant photos, so the guests could have the immediate gratification of taking their photo booth photos home.
We also had a guitar piñata from Party City. I filled the piñata with wrist bells, rather than candy, because we already had so much candy on the dessert table.
Before we had cake and sang Happy Birthday, big brother Sohan played Happy Birthday on the piano for his little sister. It was so touching.
We concluded the party with a butterfly release. The butterfly release had nothing to do with the music theme, but we did the same thing at the end of my son’s 1st birthday party (Very Hungry Caterpillar-themed), so I thought it would make a fitting rite of passage to repeat for my daughter.
Baby Jam Music Inspired 1st Birthday Party - Food and Drinks; Table Settings, T-Shirts, Décor, Favors
I tried to incorporate the music theme into the food and drinks wherever I could. For example, we served “jammin’ cocktails” (in jam jars) for the adults and milk “shakes” for the children.
I made “rocking” T-shirts for the birthday girl, big brother Sohan and all of my family that helped out at the party.
Throughout the décor, I used vinyl records and silver bells to embellish. I made “drum” centerpieces out of formula cans. The drumsticks were made with paper straws and gumballs.
The wreath was made with cupcake wrappers, gumballs and vinyl records. Party favors included egg shakers, coloring books and CDs with our favorite Music Together songs.
Baby Jam Music Inspired 1st Birthday Party - Party Credits
* Party Styling: The Party Wall