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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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
- 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. 🙂
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.
Tips & Tricks
- 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!
- 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.
- Skip the bakery. Costco has an amazing selection of ready-made baked goods at great prices.