Book Themed 1st Birthday Party

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My baby is ONE! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. It was an exciting year full of firsts and I was excited to celebrate. Even though Emmett will not remember his 1st birthday or his party, I wanted it to be special and for him to have the pictures to look back at. Let’s be real, the party was REALLY FOR ME. It’s a lot of work raising a tiny human and I did it for an entire year!

When thinking about a theme for Emmett’s birthday, I wanted to do something that really spoke to who he is as a tiny person, and since he can’t verbally tell me what theme he wanted, I went with what I felt he loves, and that is books!

Emmett finds books more entertaining than any toy these days. He loves pointing and looking at pictures. Its the best way to keep him entertained in a plane, car, or restaurant. I love watching him turn the pages on his own, its seriously so cute!

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Birthday Banner: For my husband’s birthday, I usually hang a birthday banner over our dining room table and make a special birthday breakfast. I have always used a simple paper banner from the dollar store, but I thought it would be nice to make personalized fabric ones for our kids. I made this one with felt. It was pretty tedious cutting out the letters, but I think it turned out pretty great. I glued the letters down with some fabric glue and plan to hand sew the letters in the future. I ran out of time to do that before the party!

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Book Page Bunting: I found a few children’s books at a thrift store for a total of $6. I was specifically looking for ones with fun illustrations. Then I made these simple banners with the pages, tape, and string.

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Book Wall: With the extra pages from the books, I created this fun book wall that served as a nice focal point for the party. I used scotch tape on the wall. It stayed up for several days without falling down, I was pretty amazed.

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These flowers were from our yard and they looked great sitting on top of some of Emmett’s books.

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All of the food was from our local Hyvee except for the cakes!

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Book Cakes: I made two book shaped cakes. One that was baby sized, and the other for all of the other guests. I promise I will do a post on how I made them. It was my first time working with homemade fondant and I’m so happy with the way they turned out! I made both cakes for under $30.

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Book-Themed-First-Birthday-20Party Hat: I made this little birthday hat by covering a paper hat from the dollar store with a book page, adding some pompoms with hot glue and adding the felt number one cut out that matched our son’s birthday banner! Too bad he didn’t love wearing it!

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We had such a great time celebrating our favorite little person! I will never forget it! Thanks for visiting!

Here’s a good one to pin if you’d like!

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