I love to host a party, in fact, this Christmas season I’m hosting three. An the party season started a few days after Thanksgiving with a family party. I was able to organize my nephew’s first birthday at my home, we celebrated his first year of life with a snowman soiree.
I wanted to keep the theme simple, cute, and affordable. Luckily, with a combination of my decorations and a few items from party stores, I was able to stay on budget. I used frames I already owned and filled the frames with black and white photos of the birthday boy to decorate the fireplace mantle. At the end of the party, I gave the images to my sister-in-law to take home.
I kept the food simple with a mix of fruit, salad, and frozen appetizers that I was able to prepare quickly. At the last minute I purchased white cotton candy, and it was a hit with the kids. Bonus- It was strawberry flavored. I’ll be rebuying it for another party in a few weeks.
My family has a tradition in which my mom bakes and decorates our birthday cakes. I asked her to bake the cake for my nephew’s party using one of our vintage Wilton Snowman cakepans. She also made an awesome snowflake smash cake. While the birthday boy wasn’t a huge fan of his cake, I think she did an incredible job. There wasn’t a slice of cake left at the end of the party.
I supplemented the cake with snowman pies. You can check out how to make the pies by clicking HERE.
I kept the drink options to a minimum. I only offered water and blue Hawaiian punch. The punch was sour, and I’m not sure I’ll serve it again for any future parties. An hour into the party, I set out some sweet tea.
Here’s a list of a few of my favorite things from the party:
- Amanda is a native of Richmond, VA. She enjoys writing, blogging, traveling, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.