A First Birthday Brunch

First Birthday Party Brunch | First Birthday on a Budget | Cheap and Easy Party | Minnie Mouse First Birthday

First Birthday Party Brunch | First Birthday on a Budget | Cheap and Easy Party | Minnie Mouse First Birthday

This week we celebrate my daughter’s first birthday.  For my son’s first birthday, we had a huge bash – with close to 70 people!  And we hosted it at our house.  Our very tiny house.  Needless to say, I learned my lesson and opted for something a bit more casual the second time around.  The obvious solution was a first birthday brunch.

Read on for my how-to guide for creating the perfect intimate brunch for your little one’s special celebration.

The Theme

I’m a Disney-lover at heart and have always loved Minnie Mouse.  And pink.  And sparkles. 🙂 So naturally, our brunch’s theme was pink sparkly Minnie.  But you could easily adapt this guide to suit any theme you choose.

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The Decor

You don’t have to spend a fortune on ready-made decor when doing a character-themed party, especially a brunch.  We opted for simple decorations, such a large tissue flowers, a pennant banner, and pops of pink here and there.  For the pennant, I bought a plain pink banner, wrote a handwritten message, and added Minnie silhouettes with pink polka dot bows.  We had a couple of balloons as well.  The real stars of the show were the amazing sugar cookies we had made by Michelle from Frosting – Cakes & Cookies.  If you’re in the Detroit-area, I can’t recommend Michelle enough.  Not only are her cookies, hands-down, the prettiest I’ve ever seen, they are also the tastiest.  You can also always add fresh flowers to your birthday brunch spread, something I totally forgot to do.

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The Menu

I love brunch because I love food.  The best thing about brunch is you can have a little bit of everything.  I tried to create the perfect balance of breakfast and lunch; sweet and salty.  Here’s what my menu looked like:

  • Bacon
  • Scrambled eggs (in a crockpot)
  • Hashbrown casserole
  • Fruit salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Muffins (Costco)
  • Danishes (Costco)
  • Croissants (Costco)
  • Cured meat tray
  • Cheese tray
  • Vegetables and dip
  • Sugar cookies
  • Orange juice
  • Coffee
  • Water bottles

You may have noticed that we didn’t do cake.  I thought the cookies were enough, and didn’t want to have to bother with cutting and serving cake.  We sang happy birthday to Audrey by putting a candle in a chocolate muffin. 🙂A First Birthday Party Brunch | Minnie Mouse First Birthday Party | Easy and Cheap Party Idea | Food

The OUTFIT

Okay, this totally has little to do with planning a first birthday brunch, but I’m obsessed with Audrey’s birthday outfit.  Sorry, not sorry.  Her dress, bib, and bow are all c/o This Little Piggy Had Tea and her shoe toppers are c/o Happy Caps

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Tips & Tricks

  1. Keep the guest list to a minimum.  Just immediate family and close friends.  Remember, when you invite 70 people, you have 70 gifts to find room for in your home.  Once again, I learned that one the hard way!
  2. Check your local dollar store for things like napkins, cups, ribbon, and simple decorations.  Oh yeah, and balloons!  Never pay more than a dollar for a balloon.
  3. Skip the bakery.  Costco has an amazing selection of ready-made baked goods at great prices.  

 

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