For my daughter's birthday last year, we had balloons leading up the sidewalk to our house and most of them popped. When I saw this idea to use pinwheels I thought it was great! I just designed the '1' emblem using Photoshop Elements, had them printed, punched a hole in the center, and slid it onto a store-bought pinwheel. I thought they turned out darling!
The refreshment table was a big hit! I really wanted soda bottles but thought they could get pricey really fast. So when I found these sodas on sale 2 for $5 I felt like I'd hit the lottery!
I had pitchers of lemonade and lemon-lime water. The cake and cake-balls, of course, were displayed (and gobbled up.)
One of the favorite ideas I found was to cut monster-face-type shapes out of meat and cheese to make mini-monster sandwiches. I also made rice krispy treats and dipped them to look like monsters.
Along the same lines as the monster cheese cracker sandwiches, I cut up a watermelon and punched out star-shaped watermelon. It was ridiculously easy and looked really, really cute!
Probably the best idea I found on Pinterest was to set up a mini-bar for the kiddos. It only makes sense to have food at the party that the one-year-old and his buddies can enjoy! This was almost too-big of a hit. There were crackers and goodies in the jars and a basket of Plum brand toddler smoothies. The candy in the jars was there, along with toothpicks and icing, to 'make your own monster.' There was no candy left by the end of the party (and I'm not sure it all went into making monsters!)
I didn't have a lot in the way of favors and games, but I did find this cute idea to have a poster of pictures from the previous year for guests to guess how old my son was in each square. Probably my favorite thing of all was the 'Adopt a Monster' basket of felt monsters I sewed together. The kids (and some adults, too) loved them!