Category : Holidays & Parties

Hot Chocolate in Mason Jars Savvy Sassy Moms

Cooler temperatures and the holidays go hand-in-hand with hot chocolate, and there is no better way to celebrate this special time of year with your little ones than with a fun hot chocolate bar that is just for them! All kids love being in charge, so allowing them to select their own mix-ins or toppings for their hot chocolate is a real treat This hot chocolate bar can be set up as a one-time event for a party or left up all season long as a regular afternoon treat. Who wouldn’t love coming home from school to a yummy hot chocolate?

Hot Cocoa Bar Savvy Sassy Moms

Setting the scene

Setting up a hot chocolate bar is super simple. Start with some festive decor — you can probably find things around your house or in your holiday decorations that you can use — it’s a great spot to include those decorations from holidays of the past that don’t make it onto your A-list of decorations anymore! Think out of the box and get creative for ways to display your hot chocolate bar. For example, we used a plaid scarf and craft paper as our tablecloth, Mason jar mugs left over from another party and a random assortment of crystal dishes to hold our hot chocolate toppings.

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar

Grab your favorite mug

The great thing about hot chocolate is that you have so many options when making it! Depending on how much time you have to prep, you can make your own mix from scratch, use ready-to-mix packets, or even go the K-cup route. All that really matters is that you have the hot chocolate pre-mixed and ready to go, or that you have hot water or milk on-hand ready to mix up a batch. Cute mugs also help and anything from ceramic mugs to Mason jars to or paper cups will do!

Yummy Hot Chocolate Bar Toppings

It’s all about the toppings

After your cup is filled with hot chocolate, the fun part begins! Having an assortment of toppings makes it fun for kids (and adults!) to personalize their hot chocolate to their tastes by mixing and matching different toppings.

For this hot chocolate bar we used mini marshmallows, candy canes, mini chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers, chocolate sprinkles and rolled wafer cookies. Other fun toppings we love are canned whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, caramel candies, chocolate syrup, crushed cookies and chopped nuts.

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With Halloween drawing closer, there are sure to be all sorts of Halloween gathering and parties taking place. Whether it’s a big party or a quick dinner with friends before trick-or-treating, themed food and drinks can set the tone and add some extra festive fun to any meal.

You can’t have Halloween without candy corn, which is why we loved creating this frozen punch that represents the popular treat. Frozen candy corn punch taste great, looks festive, and is super easy to make!Frozen Candy Corn Punch

Give your blender a workout

You may have seen the popular red, white, and blue drinks for July 4th where the three colors stay layered. It all has to do with the science behind the sugar content of each layer. If we are being honest, we tried making this candy corn punch a non-frozen treat, but the colors kept mixing together and despite their drastic sugar content values, we couldn’t get them to stay separated! We found an easy fix for that little problem was blending each color with ice, making it harder for the layers to mix and creating the perfect candy corn look for our punch.  How to Make Frozen Candy Corn Punch

1. Orange Juice (Yellow layer on the bottom)
2. Orange Hawaiian Punch (Orange layer in the middle)
3. Lemon Vitamin Water (White layer on the top)
4.  Whipped Cream Topping
5.  Sprinkles and Candy Corn (for garnish, of course!)

1. Blend ice cubes and orange juice. Pour into a glass and set aside.
2. Blend ice cubes and orange Hawaiian Punch. Pour into a glass and set aside.
3. Blend ice cubes and Vitamin Water. Pour into a glass and set aside.
4. Layer blended juice into cups to create the look of candy corn. Orange juice first (yellow), Hawaiian punch next (orange) and Vitamin Water last (white).
5. Top with whipped cream topping and garnish with sprinkles and candy corn.

FROZEN Candy Corn Punch
Drink up

Like most children, ours love any type of special drink… and not, surprisingly considering the sugar-filled ingredients! However, there is some good news, moms! Because this frozen candy corn punch is blended with ice, it instantly dilutes the sugar content, while still being a treat for the kids. So, let them have a glass (or two!). At this point, the extra sugar probably won’t make much of a difference!

Frozen Candy Corn Punch

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My daughter was born on Halloween last year, so I’ve been thinking about what our family costume will be on and off for the last 365 days. Correction: I’ve been thinking about her costume for 365 days and only realized last week, when I was addressing her birthday invitations, that the “costumes required please” also applied to me. Whoops… (face palm). Luckily, every costume has some kind of counterpart that you can easily DIY without a PhD in Pinterest.

DIY Halloween Costume to match your kids

For Peter Pan-themed costumes

If you’re child is opting for a Peter Pan-themed costume like my little Tinkerbell, think happy thoughts! I have compiled a list of quick and easy costume ideas. No pixie dust needed because you already have most of these items at home!


Tuck black pants/leggings into white knee socks. Break a coat hanger and carry it as a hook. Wear an oversized red jacket. (You’d be surprised what you can find at secondhand stores… The power suits that were so big in the 80’s are perfect for this!) Don’t forget the hat and that killer ‘stache.


Grab a long nightgown and you’re done.

Tiger Lily

Wear a dress in any shade between taupe and brown. (There’s bound to be at least one in your closet.) Use a stretchy headband as your headdress and tuck a feather into the back of it. If it’s a little nippy, throw on a faux fur vest: Still in costume, yet fashionable and warm.


Just wear all black, you lazy bum. (No judgment.)

DIY Costume for Halloween with faux fur vest

For superhero costumes

Let’s not forget the superheroes. Every superhero has a sidekick or enemy, right? And just like when the heroes arrive to save the day, you can put these costumes together in the “Ta Da” knick of time!

Cat Woman

Don’t panic, I’m not talking about the patent leather Michelle Pfeiffer Cat Woman or the half-naked Halle Berry Cat Woman. This is a practical Cat Woman. All you need are black leggings/pants, a black shirt, and black cat ears. If you can’t find cat ears, fear not — you can make your own! Get a sample of black felt at any store that sells fabric (it should be less than a dollar), cut two triangles from it, and hot-glue them to a black headband. Meow, pussycat! You’re ready to go.

Bat Girl

You can also easily create a Bat Girl costume by cutting larger black triangles (with scalloped edges if you’re feeling fancy) and then pinning, or sewing, them from your shirt sleeve to the side of your shirt, so when you lift your arms the wings are a-flapping! Don’t forget cutting eye holes into a long piece of felt for the mask around your eyes.

Super Woman

Let’s face it. We’re moms, so we’re all basically Super Woman already, am I right? Not much of a costume. Moving on…

DIY TIger Lily Halloween Costume for mom to match Tinkerbell

For costumes for the littlest ones
King Kong and Building

You bought your kid a monkey costume and you’re not sure what to do for yourself? Make yourself into a building by wearing a shirt you don’t mind drawing black rectangles (aka windows) on and voila! You’re a tall building! You’re may not be Frank Lloyd Wright, but you did just create a building fit for a a King… Kong, that is. Roar. (There is a variation of this costume that involves wearing a box, but I don’t think that sounds very conducive to having a baby on your hip.)

Daenerys and Dragon

If you watch Game of Thrones, then you know that there is literally nothing cooler than the “Mother of Dragons.” Isn’t it serendipitous then, that there are a million children’s costumes out there that are dragons or dinosaurs? If that’s the route you went, all you need to be Daenerys is a long blond wig, a long dress, and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Winter is coming… And you’re ready for it.

DIY Halloween Costume for mom to match kids

There you have it. Whatever costume your little monster chooses probably has a complementary option or two… or a dozen! Look at Dorothy. We all know she had the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But don’t forget about the Wicked Witch, the Good Witch, the Flying Monkeys, the Munchkins, the Angry Trees, the Wizard, Toto, the Castle Guards, and the list goes on and on. You don’t need magic spells (or even a sewing machine) to create the perfect family costume. That’s just a bunch of hocus pocus. Think outside the cauldron and don’t be afraid to get your craft on this Halloween.

Halloween is all about the kids, but why not get in on the fun? What will your family be?

This post was contributed by Claire Frost as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Claire on her blog, House of Frost

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Easy Button Pumpkin Crafts

We love getting crafty with our kids and with Halloween right around the corner, the pumpkin crafts are on overload. Creating an easy button pumpkin craft  — and using a little glue! — is fun for kids of all ages in fall. Even the littlest of hands can help create these projects and the finished products are sure to be cute as a button.

Easy Burlap Pumpkin Crafts

Framed pumpkin on burlap

There is no denying that burlap is “in” right now. From home decor to crafting, we see it just about everywhere! The good news? It is affordable and pretty easy to work with. It quickly adds texture to any space and automatically gives your fall decor that shabby chic look.

Easy Burlap Pumpkin Craft Ideas

1. Burlap
2. Assortment of orange and brown buttons
3. Craft glue
4. Marker
5. 8×10 frame for displaying finished project


1. Cut burlap to fit frame, leaving an extra inch on all sides. (For an 8×10 frame, cut the burlap to be 9×11.)
2. Using a dark marker, roughly sketch an outline of a pumpkin.
3. Begin gluing buttons down to fill in the pumpkin. Don’t worry about glue showing… it will dry clear! (Note: Glue will seep through the tiny holes of the burlap, so be sure to use something as a backing under your burlap to prevent damage to furniture and table top surfaces.)
4. Allow glue to dry completely.
5. Remove glass from frame. Stretch and secure the burlap onto the frame backing using tape to keep it tight.

Easy Pumpkin Halloween Cards

Button pumpkin cards

We decided to put the leftover orange buttons to good use and create another easy pumpkin craft! This time, we helped the kids make sweet little cards that would be perfect to give teachers, friends, bus drivers and coaches. They absolutely loved this project!


1. Card stock
2. Orange buttons
3. Ribbon… green for grass, if you have it.
4. Craft glue
5. Markers

1. Cut card stock to the desired size.
2. Glue a strip of ribbon to the bottom of the card as the “grass.”
3. Glue an assortment of orange buttons above the ribbon to create the pumpkins.
4. After the glue has dried, add details like stems, leaves and special messages using markers.

What kinds of cute crafts are you planning with your little ones this fall?
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The Savvy Sassy Moms team had the best time pinning all of our best ideas for Halloween Class Parties! From games that the kids will love to treats that are easy and creative to snacks that will help keep the sugar rush at a minimum, our board has a little bit of everything.

Take a peek at some of our favorites and get pinning for your next class party!

Top 10 Halloween class party ideas

Best of Pinterest- Halloween Class Party Ideas

1. Pin the Spider on the Web Halloween Game by Ella Claire

2. Candy Corn Bark by The Magnolia Mamas

3. Mint Vampire Brownies by Eighteen25

4. Free Printable Halloween Bingo Game by Crazy Little Projects

5. Ghost Bottle Bowling by No Time for Flashcards

6. DIY Halloween Bowling Set by Evite

7. Spider Suckers from I Heart Nap Time

8. Simple Homemade Bat Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands

9. Simple Spider Web Craft by Teach Mama

10. Halloween Mystery Boxes by Christina’s Adventures

More Halloween ideas on Savvy Sassy Moms

Need more Halloween ideas? Check out our best of Halloween on Savvy Sassy Moms:

Caramel Apple Pops

Caramel Apple Pops

Easy Homemade Salted Caramel Dip

Easy Homemade Salted Caramel Dip

Pumpkin Spice Play Dough

Pumpkin Spice Play Dough

Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Bats

Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Bats

Hosting a Spooky Halloween Dinner for Kids

Host a Spooky Halloween Dinner for Kids

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How to Host a Spooky Halloween Dinner

During October, the anticipation for Halloween is high for kids and grown ups alike! As a child, nothing is more fun than planning out your costume, playing spooky tricks on your friends, and planning for that large amount of candy you plan on consuming (wait, or is that last part us?). To kick off the fun festivities for the big night, why not host a spooktacular Halloween dinner filled with tons of spooky eats and playful crafts to celebrate. Here are some of our tips to help host a perfectly spooktacular dinner for kids this Halloween.

Throw a Halloween Dinner
A creepy crawly table setting

Get your tiny guests in the Halloween spirit with a few fun decor touches and by setting a table that is sure to scare even the wildest hair. Our children are on the younger side, so we kept the decor to traditional Halloween colors and created an atmosphere filled with fun things they could also put their hands on — creepy crawly bugs, sparkly spiders, black bats, and pumpkins galore! If you have older children, you can opt to amp up the scare factor by including scary skeletons or menacing monsters.

Halloween Dinner Fun for Little Kids

Create fun details with inexpensive decor and Halloween items that can be used in multiple ways. These spider rings doubled as our napkin holders and packed the perfect little punch to an otherwise boring orange napkin, and the children loved to play with them as the night went on.

Halloween Witch Craft

Get witch-crafty

With the anticipation of the fun filled night ahead (and sometimes combine that with a possible pre-dinner candy taste test), children tend to be wildly overstimulated on Halloween. While you are making their spooky dinner, have a few things at the table ready for them to play or do, so that you can bring a sense of order to the dinner and can reserve some of that energy for trick-or-treating later on.

DIY Halloween Placemats

We decided to make the table work for us and had the children create their own place mat. We set each place with a piece of black construction paper, and then we had staged on the table some chalk and stickers for them to use as decoration. This was a super easy activity and a great way for them to show off their creativity to one another.

DIY Halloween Place Mats

Other great ideas are to set the table with fun Halloween themed coloring pages, word searches or Mad Libs. Anything to keep those little hands and minds busy, but in their seats!

Spooky Halloween Dinners for Kids

Spooky eats

The best part about hosting the spooktacular Halloween dinner is creating fun festive food for the kids! We like to keep the options simple and easy, especially on such a busy night. Putting a spooky twist on the simple foods they typically eat makes for lots of giggles when those plates arrive.

Yummy Mummy Meatballs

Mummy Meatballs

Meatballs, handmade or pre-cooked. (Be sure to account for three meatballs per mummy)
Pizza dough or crescent roll dough
1 Package spaghetti noodles
1 Jar pizza sauce
Wilton Candy Eyes

1. Cook the meatballs accordingly. Then let cool.
2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Use uncooked spaghetti noodles and place through the center of a meatball. Add two more meatballs to the same noodle.
4. Use strip of dough and wrap around the meatball for the “mummy wrap.” Use as much as desired, and place on greased pan. Remove spaghetti noodle gently.
5. Cook meatballs for 10 minutes or until dough is golden light brown.
6. Remove and add candy eyes.
7. Serve with small cup of pizza sauce.

Halloween Ghost Pizza for Kids

Ghost Pizza

1 Package pizza dough
1 Jar pizza sauce
1 Package shredded mozzarella cheese
Large Wilton candy eyes

1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Sprinkle bottom of pan with flour, or use a pizza baking stone.
3. Place rolled dough on pan, and top with sauce and mozzarella cheese.
4. Cook for approximately 20-25 minutes or until cheese is bubbled and crust is light golden brown.
5.Let cool for a few moments.
6. With a pizza cutter, create a ghost shape by cutting in half moon shape on each side. (You can can cut and set aside these pieces to use later since in the end the ghost pizza itself will also be divided and served.)
7. Add candy eyes.

Spooky Healthy Treats for Halloween

Tricky treats

A spooktacular dinner wouldn’t be complete with out a treat or two! Letting kids get involved in the dessert portion of the dinner adds to the fun of the evening and lets them put those creative skills to use again.

Perfect Halloween Party Desserts

For this dinner, we decided to let them decorate their own spooky cakes. We used the Duncan Hines Perfect Size Cakes for this task and for lack of a better term… they were perfect! Their smaller portions were just the right size for each child to decorate their own (and then share with their parents later, hopefully!) or create as a joint effort with someone else.

Easy Halloween Desserts

spookydinner duncan hines

The Duncan Hines Perfect Size cake mixes come complete with their own frosting and individual pan, which makes for a quick and easy clean up. With six flavors to choose from, we were able to allow everyone to pick their favorite flavor and decorate as desired. Needless to say this is a huge hit amongst all guests, both young and old!

With the spooky dinner complete, and the mood fully set to be in the spirit of all things trick and/or treaty, your Halloween is sure to be a spooktacular one!

Be sure to check out our Halloween Pinterest board for other great ideas to host your own spooktacular dinner.

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This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures, but all thoughts, opinions, and general villainous fun are our own.

Minons- In Theaters July 10

“Ba-nan-a!” They’re back! The lovable yellow mini villains from the Despicable Me movie series are back with a movie of their own premiering July 10th. Kevin, Stuart and Bob bring us all back to where the Minions began their fun loving, but evil, journey, and we could not be more excited.

All about the movie

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters — from T. Rex to Napoleon — the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he — alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob — ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.

Celebrating with a Minions Backyard Bash

How to throw a Minons party

Our children are so excited to see the new movie and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the premier than to throw a party! We decided to hold a fun Minions Backyard Bash to share our excitement with our friends and family. We had a blast planning this Minions themed party, and were so excited to see all the fun themed party decor currently available to help make the party perfectly Minion in every way.

How to throw a Despicable Me Minons party

With temperatures soaring over 100-degrees the day of our party, we knew the challenge was on to provide our guests with refreshing themed beverages and snacks. Bob’s Brew and the Minions Munch were party favorites (see below for recipes), and it didn’t hurt that we had a ton of fun water activities planned for the guests to keep everyone cool for the duration of the Backyard Bash.

Throwing a Minons Party: What you Need

The Minions Backyard Bash really came to life when we found these fun beach balls and Minions beach towels for our guests. Not to mention our excitement when we learned Havaianas makes these super adorable Minions flip flops!

How to throw a Minons party: Scavenger Hunt

The children were so excited to learn that Kevin, Stuart and Bob left them some special treats. Those sneaky Minions didn’t make it easy on them though. The villainous trio left clues for the children around the backyard leading them to their goodie bag treasures.

Minons Crafts using Pool Noodles

The kids loved figuring out each clue together, and were so excited when they found the Minion leading them to the next hint.

Minons Party Theme: Goodie Bags

The final clue lead them to their treasure and those Minions did not disappoint. The goodie bags were Minions shopper totes filled with Minions themed beach ball, towel, sunglasses, and Playdough set.

How to throw a Minons Party

The children were over the moon excited about their new Minions swag, and wasted no time putting it to good use.

The rest of the party, everyone played with the shrink rays the Minions must have left behind during their goodie bag hiding, and throwing water balloons at one another (and an unfortunate mommy or two).

Ultimately the Minions Backyard Bash was a huge success, and everyone could not be more excited to see the movie July 10th.

How to throw a Minons party

Minons recipes to kick-off your party

With the Minions movie premiering this week there is plenty of time to celebrate in the excitement with your little one and your own backyard bash, play date or special afternoon snack. These recipes and craft are easy and help bring a little bit of yellow villain fun to your little one’s day.

How to make Minion Munch

Minion Munch

– Rice Chex cereal
– Pretzels
– Mini marshmallows
– Yellow and blue M&M’s
– Minion Honey Maid Grahams

-Mix all ingredients in large bowl and serve.

Bob’s Brew

– One container of lemonade
– One container of pineapple juice
– 1 cup of water
– 2 tablespoons of lime juice
– 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
– Ice cubes

– Combine all ingredients in large pitcher or punch bowl
– Test and add sugar as needed.
– Add ice cubes to chill and serve.

Make your own Minion

Minon Craft Ideas

– 1 Yellow pool noodle (makes three total Minions)
– 1-1/2 inch blue painters tape
– Black pipe cleaners
– Minion eye printable
– Double sided tape
– Scissors

How to make a Minion from a pool noodle

– Cut pool noodle in six equal sections
– Use roll of painters tape to secure two sections of pool noodle together.
– Cut out desired Minion eye(s).
– Attach one side of Minion eyes to pipe cleaner with double sided tape.
– Wrap pipe cleaner around the pool noodle and attach with double sided tape to the untapped side of eyes.
– Use pipe cleaner to attach hair if desire. Fold and adhere with tape.

How to throw a Minions party

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Festive food makes every holiday more fun and these easy 4th of July treats are perfect for the moms that don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. In fact, these are tasty treats that even your kids will have fun helping you make. Using one simple method, you can create an entire red, white, and blue dessert spread for your holiday gatherings.

Easy 4th of July Treats

Easy 4th of July treat ideas

Lollipop sticks and/or paper straws combined with Rice Crispy Treats and marshmallows make for a super fun dessert and an easy 4th of July treat. Kids love eating food on a stick, so turning these goodies into pops was as simple as 1-2-3 and a no brainier when it came to less-mess eating. Happy kids and minimal clean-up is what we call a win-win!

How to Make Easy Treats for 4th of July

– Colored candy melts
– Sprinkles
– Lollipop sticks and/or paper straws
– Rice Crispy Treats (or other items to dip)

– Melt colored candy melts in the microwave according to directions on the package.
– Immediately, dip the rice crispy treats and add sprinkles.
– Place on waxed paper to cool and harden (approximately 20 mins.).
– Push lollipop sticks or paper straws in one end to create pops.4th of July Treats

Dipped 4th of July Rice Crispy Treats

Get dippin’

With some supplies left over, we also dipped large marshmallows, pretzel rods, ice cream cones, and Oreos to round out our themed dessert offerings. The possibilities are endless though! You could dip and sprinkle just about anything to create easy 4th of July treats.

4th of July Treat Ideas: Dipped Pretzel Sticks

Kid-Friendly Recipes: 4th of July Sweets and Treats

Whether you will spend your Independence Day at the pool, the beach or just at a backyard BBQ, these fun and festive treats are sure to add some fire-cracking fun to your day.

What’s your go-to July 4th treat?
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The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on!

Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away now and between the class parties, the dozens of cards that your kids need to make for their classmates, and trying to book a babysitter so that you can actually celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, adding Valentine’s Day gifts for the kids into the mix can end up being the candy heart that breaks the mother’s back.

!0 Valentine's Day Gifts for Kids Under $25

These ten Valentine’s Day gifts for kids are all under $25. You can still order most of them online and they’re sure to make your little valentines smile.

10 Valentine’s Day gifts for kids under $25

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Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Green Toys Pink Race Car
Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Green Toys Red Race Care
Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Hello Apparel Tee
Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Land of Nod Pink Heart Pillow
Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Land of Nod Ribbon Twirler
Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Pottery Barn Teen Makeup Bag
Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Seedlings Pirate Kit
Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Stickee Bellies
Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Stuck on You Notebooks
Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Umbrella
Valentines Day Gifts for Kids- Uncommon Goods Plush Heart

1. Red Race Car & Pink Race Car, Green Toys, $9 each
2. Cupid’s Arrows Tee, Hello Apparel, $22 (adult sizes available too!)
3. Bonjour Throw Pillow, Land of Nod, $19
4. Ribbon Twirler, Land of Nod, $9
5. Sparkle Sequin Beauty Pouch, Pottery Barn Teen, $19
6. Ahoy Mini Pirates Peg People Kit, Seedling, $10
7. Happiest Holidays: Baby’s First Holiday Stickers, Sticky Bellies, $14
8. Monogram Journal, Stuck on You, $25
9. Totes Kids’ Bubble Umbrella, Amazon, $15 (on sale!)
10. Plush Heart, Uncommon Goods, $18

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Create a winter wonderland for your child

First birthday parties are major celebrations, and a winter wonderland party — or Winter ONEderland, if you prefer a play on words — is a fabulous way to celebrate your little one’s first full year. From sparkly snowflakes to cuddly winter animals, winter birthday parties are fun, exciting ways to celebrate with friends and family.

1st birthday party ideas
1st birthday party ideas start with a theme — and invitation

Let people know they’ll be walking into a winter wonderland from the minute they receive their invitation. Whether you plan on creating a sweet and sparkly party or a colorful, festive wonderland, you can find an invitation that sets the mood for the party — and lets everyone know you’ll be celebrating the sweetest snowflake around. We love the faux-chalkboard finish on the Winter ONEderland Invitation, available for personalization (Etsy, $16).

1st birthday party ideas

Dressing for a Winter ONEderland

Photo opportunities abound at a first birthday party, and there’s nothing cuter than a personalized outfit on the birthday boy or girl. The Boys’ First Birthday Outfit is the perfect thing to wear if you plan on doing a smash cake — adorable and machine-washable (Etsy, $27). The Personalized ONEderland Tutu outfit can be worn for cake smashing as well, but the tutu is photogenic enough that you might not want to change the birthday girl (Etsy, $83).

1st birthday party ideas

Make it a pajama party

When the temperature drops, nothing sounds cozier than a warm pair of pajamas — and there’s nothing cuter than babies in their jammies. Brandi, who you can like at Brandi Thompson Photography, invited guests to come in their pajamas and slippers for her daughter’s first birthday party. The Penguins and Pajamas party featured a gorgeous dessert table and snowflakes galore. Be sure to visit her blog to see all of her ideas, including the wording for the pajama party!

1st birthday party ideas

Make snowflakes sparkle with pretty pastels

The sparkle and glitter of snowflakes lends itself to a beautiful, pastel wonderland. The Winter Wonderland 1st Birthday at Kara’s Party Ideas is a gorgeous party filled with delicate details — and several of them are available in her party shop. The shimmering snowflake cookies and hot cocoa cup cozies are just two of the special 1st birthday party ideas. Be sure to follow Kara’s Party Ideas on Pinterest for some of the most inspiring party boards we’ve seen.

1st birthday party ideas

Winter animals make adorable first birthday guests

Mariah at Giggles Galore put cuddly, winter animals on center stage at her Penguins and Polar Bears Winter ONEderland Birthday Party. If you’re planning a first birthday party that includes kids of all ages, you need to check out the party games she incorporated into the theme of the party — we love the upcycled bowling game! The blue and white color scheme is bright and cheerful, and each of her details are photogenic and fun — follow her on Instagram for more great ideas.

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