Brody’s Laid-Back 1st Birthday Party

The stresses of a first birthday can be quite intense on a mama planner.

Because of this, Mary Ellen took a relaxed approach and did a laid-back party for her favorite little man. Brody was surrounded by love from his family and everyone enjoyed all of the cute little elements.

What inspired the theme of your child’s party?

We didn’t really have a “theme,” we just had a small family dinner. There were less than 25 family and close friends squeezed into our living room one week before Christmas — and we had a ball!

What is one element of the party that you are particularly proud of?

I really loved the pictures that I hung on the wall. I found extra pictures that I had laying around of Brody’s first year (and I had taken A LOT of pictures) and taped them to purple curling ribbon. I hung the ribbon on the wall and voila! Instant, easy and free décor.

Did you work with any vendors (photographer, cake maker, location, etc.)? If so, who? And what did you like or dislike about them?

Since the party was at our home and we kept things very low-key, the only vendor that we worked with was Coccadotts Cake Shop for our little man’s cake. I told them we wanted chocolate cake with fudge filling and covered with chocolate butter cream. Mmmm!

As for the cake decorations, I gave them full creative rights to do whatever they thought would look good, I just told them I wanted it to be colorful. They did an amazing job!

We got our wedding cake at Coccadotts and we never go anywhere else. They just opened a location in Myrtle Beach, NC and have been featured on Cupcake Wars on the Food Network!

What was your favorite moment/part of the party?

It was probably when we sang Happy Birthday to Brody — he looked around at us like, “What are you guys doing?!” but then he started to smile.

What was your birthday boy’s favorite part?

That’s a tough one. It was probably when we let him smash his birthday cupcake. A good amount of cake ended up in his hair, of course, but he had a ball doing it. We had done a DIY cake smash photo shoot a week earlier, so he was a pro. He couldn’t have cared less about the gifts!

Can you give any advice to mamas that are planning a party for their little one?

My advice is to keep it simple! Your kiddo is not going to remember their first birthday, so the party is really for the adults.

We didn’t bother with favors, fancy invitations or a huge meal.

We ordered pizza, I made a salad and we bought a cake. Some snacks and a few drinks rounded out a great meal. We actually saved a lot of money by keeping the food simple.

All in all, between purchasing a book, pizza, other food, cake and drinks, we spent less than $150.

Also, something we did that I cherish is we bought a copy of Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss and asked our guests to sign it and write a message to Brody. He can read all of their kind words every year on his birthday and know that everyone who cares for him was there to celebrate the big ONE!


Coccadotts Cake Shop – $50

I encourage you to look at the pure perfection of this “simple” day for Brody! I admire it!

4 Responses to Brody’s Laid-Back 1st Birthday Party

  1. Looks like it was a great time and I LOVE the idea of the Dr. Seuss book- totally stealing that one for my 2nd baby. :)

  2. Love the guest book and the picture decorations!

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