Congratulations! It’s baby’s first birthday and it’s time to party! You’ve survived the first year, and it’s just going to get easier from here on out, right? Um…
You’ve got to conserve your energy for the next seventeen years, and throwing that special first birthday shouldn’t stress you out or take weeks of work to organize. If you’re looking for some fun and easy first birthday party ideas, visit the new Fisher-Price Little People First Birthday microsite. Fisher-Price has partnered with Nancy Zaretsky, a professional party planner, to create fun first birthday party themes, project ideas, and party planning tips inspired by the Little People toys and figures we all know and love. Each theme includes coordinating decorations, fun snacks, printables, and games and activities that you can easily recreate at home.
As I was browsing through the themes, I was inspired by Nancy’s Wheels on the Bus theme and decided to show you just one way of making it your own.
Take a Little People Road Trip!
Let me preface all this by saying I’m not the craftiest blogger out there. I am not the Queen of DIY, and I admire far more than I actually accomplish on Pinterest. So if I can recreate these party tips, then anybody can!
Start by draping your party table with a green tablecloth. I happened to have one, but you can always pick up a plastic one at the dollar store. Next make your road by gluing pieces of black construction paper together with a glue stick. Create a straight stretch or cut out a curvy mountain road, whatever strikes your fancy. Cut out short strips of yellow construction paper and glue them down to make the centre dotted line. You could also use yellow washi tape for this.
When the glue has dried, place your road in the centre of your table. At the party, give each child a Fisher-Price Little People Wheelie or a Lil’ Zoomer car to drive up and down the road.
Make some easy peasy upcycled placemats with pages from an old map book or atlas. Pick up coordinating yellow paper plates and paper cups from the dollar store to complete the look. Don’t forget to download your printable Little People birthday banner too!
Road Trip Fuel
Every road trip needs snacks, right? For this road trip birthday party I chose to use fresh fruit only – fun and healthy! I followed Nancy’s instructions to make these edible Little People Wheelies with apple wedges, grape halves, and blunted toothpicks. I found it easiest to push the toothpick through the apple wedge first, then add the grape halves on each side. Use a pair of scissors to snip off the pointy ends. Make sure everyone knows the toothpicks are in there and supervise young ones.
Pro tip: Brush some undiluted lemon juice on the cut surfaces of the apple wedges to help keep them from turning brown.
I also made these traffic light fruit kebabs with strawberries, banana slices, and kiwi slices on a bamboo skewer. Food on a stick is fun! Trim the tops of the strawberries and cut a ripe banana and kiwi fruit into 3/4 inch slices. Thread each piece of fruit – green, yellow, then red at the top – onto a wooden skewer. The pointy end should be trimmed off again. Take fruit off the skewer and peel before serving to young children.
I put my fruit kebabs in a glass vase with a little bit of paper grass inside. You could also make a nice centrepiece by poking the sticks into some styrofoam or a block of floral foam inside a colour coordinating bucket.
Visit Fisher-Price’s Little People First Birthday microsite for more great first birthday party ideas and party planning tips, including a checklist to keep you organized, gift ideas, printable invitations, place cards, and door signs.
Which project would you like to incorporate into your next kid’s party?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own. Your experience may differ.