First Birthday Balloons- Hunter Girls DIY Life

I can't believe that my baby boy turned ONE this weekend! We had a wonderful weekend celebrating him (despite the fact that he cried during the majority of his birthday party...). For his birthday, I wanted to keep it simple with a few guests. Since some of our guests were toddlers, I wanted the menu to consist of "kid-friendly" foods. So, I landed on bringing out the kid in everyone and doing a hotdog bar!

Hot Dog Bar- Hunter Girls DIY Life

Getting ready for a party takes a thousand times more effort with a baby. Especially when your baby is hanging on to your legs crying while you're trying to work. Fortunately I anticipated this, which was a good thing since Theo was EXTRA cranky on his birthday, and I used the entire week to prep. On the day before the party, I decorated, washed and set out all of my dishes and serving utensils, baked my cookies for the goodie bags, picked up my cupcakes, ordered balloons, picked up flowers, and cut up my watermelon. On the day of the party, I was able to get everything else done during my son's naps, so when he was awake, we could spend the day swimming and playing. 

Party Prepping- Hunter Girls DIY Life Sprinkles Cupcakes

I'll be honest, I don't like hot dogs. I have one once every 5 years at a baseball game. But I liked the idea of doing a hot dog bar, and a grilled hot dog isn't terrible (yes I know, gross stuff inside, no nutrition...). I decided to set out the cooked hotdogs already in their buns next to all of the bar toppings to make it as easy as possible. For toppings, I had cheese, diced onion, jalepenos, relish, ketchup, mustard, salsa verde, pickles, and cheese.

Hot Dogs for a Hot Dog Bar Hot Dog Bar Condiments- Hunter Girls DIY Life

Rather than set out chip bags, I decided to put out chips in small, brown bags (again, thinking kid-friendly.) I bought mini brown paper bags on Amazon and cut them down to make them smaller. I had three different flavors, and honestly I went a little crazy on eating chips this weekend! I think I need to have a potato chip bar at my next party. I also grilled corn on the cob and of course, no summer BBQ is complete without watermelon.  

DIY Hot dog bar- Hunter Girls DIY Life

For desserts, there was no question, I wanted Sprinkles Cupcakes! I have been obsessed with them for 10 years, and I finally live 15 minutes away from one in Houston! I decorated Theo's birthday candle with stickers to spruce it up a bit.

Birthday Cupcakes from Sprinkles Cupcakes- Hunter Girls DIY Life  

I also decided to do Root Beer floats as another dessert option and they were a hit! Talk about a throw back to childhood, we even put our mugs in the freezer to make frosty mugs. 

Root Beer Floats in Frosted Mugs- Hunter Girls DIY Life

Root Beer Floats

My decorations, plates and utensils for the party came from Amazon, the Dollar Store, and Hobby Lobby. (See breakdown in photo below). I also splurged with a bouquet of balloons from Party City and some fresh sunflowers from Randall's for the table. Nothing says "birthday party" like big balloons! And the silver one is still floating.

Milk Bottles- Hunter Girls DIY Life

First Birthday Party Hot dog Bar- Hunter Girls DIY Life
Hot dog Banner: Hobby Lobby; Table Cloth: Amazon; Plates, ketchup/mustard bottles, straws: Dollar Store; Birthday Banner: Supplies from Hobby Lobby; Balloons: Party City

For goody bags, I baked chocolate chip cookies with mini M&M's. To avoid the same smudges caused by the chips and to keep the cookies fresh, I put the cookies in cellophane bags before putting them in the mini brown sacks. I also purchased bubble wands to send home with each of the kids.

Birthday Party Goodie Bags- Hunter Girls DIY Life

Overall, we had a wonderful time despite many tears from the birthday boy. We may have been singing "it's my party and I'll cry if I want to" for most of the day. I think he felt pretty special and I had a fun time celebrating this little man and this big milestone.

First Birthday Party- Hunter Girls DIY Life

-Makenzie

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