How to Make a Crepe-Paper Lantern
Keep decorations and favors simple by using one material for all (19.5" x 98.5" crepe-paper roll, $7; cartefini.com). Napkin rings, cupcake toppers, favors, paper lanterns, and a birthday badge are all easy to make.
How to Make a Baby-Food-Jar Lantern
Beyond Baby Food
Find a second use for those cute baby-food jars.
- Stripe jars of different sizes with washi tape to create mini vases. Japanese paper tape, $2 to $36 a roll; happytape.com
- To make favors for the adults, use a nail to poke a hole in the top's center and then paint. Fill jar with candy, seal, and insert a lollipop into the hole. Numbers Hard Candy Lollipops, $3.50 each; ohnuts.com
- Baby-food jars make perfectly sized votive holders. Turn to Resources, page 162, to learn how to tint them to match your d?cor. 6 LED flickering tea lights with batteries, $5; save-on-crafts.com
How to Make a Baby-Handprint Napkin
Trace your baby's hand onto craft foam, cut out the foam, and glue it to a piece of cardboard to make a stamp. Use letter stamps and a date stamper to add your baby's name or initials and birthday. Printer Type Alphabet Lowercase Rubber Stamp Set, $15; paper-source.com, StazOn ink pad, $10; joann.com
- Buy the Printer Type Alphabet Lowercase Rubber Stamp Set from paper-source.com.
- Buy StazOn ink pads from joann.com.
- Learn how to make a Baby Handprint Napkin.
By now, you likely have a few gigabytes of baby pictures. Celebrate your little one by using her sweet face!
More Great Birthday Supplies
Sweet At One Girls 1st Birthday Felt Hat, $8; partycity.com (also available in blue)
1st Birthday Blue Stripes Cake Candle, $5; birthdaydirect.com (also available in pink) personalized
1st Birthday Cake Plate, $26; littleuni.com
- Buy Sweet At One Girls 1st Birthday Felt Hat from partycity.com.
- Buy 1st Birthday Blue Stripes Cake Candle from birthdaydirect.com.
- Buy 1st Birthday Cake Plate from littleuni.com.
1st Birthday Party Theme: You Are My Sunshine
Build a celebration around the most popular song known to babies.
Sunny Sweets For dessert, serve yellow macarons made to look like suns by pushing drop-shaped candy around the rim. Cry Baby Tears candy, $7 for 2 lbs.; ecrater.com
Happy Tunes For the favor, burn CDs with songs like "Here Comes the Sun."
1st Birthday Party Theme: Party Animal
You can't go wrong with a zoo theme for your baby's first-birthday party.
Plastic Parade Set the scene with toy animals wearing party hats -- create a conga line of critters. Cut half circles and roll them into cones, then trim if necessary. Glue a pom-pom to the top and 2 thin ribbons inside for a tie.
Wild Kingdom Cake For a dessert that will really impress the guests, visit parents.com/animal-cake.
Take-Home Treat For favors, decorate small brown bags with paw prints (use a 2" and a 3/4" circle punch to create the shape) and fill with animal crackers.
1st Birthday Party Theme: Alpha-Baby
ABC blocks are standard toys in any baby's collection. The bright colors and iconic shape create a great party motif.
Big Blocks Use stencils to cut out letters from patterned craft paper, then use a thin colored tape to add a border. Mix it up by using the cut-out letter and the negative shape. 3.5" wood block, $8 for three; createforless.com.
Photo Favors Create photo stands by hot-gluing a colored paper clip to the back edge of a block.
Boxed Cake Serve petit fours for dessert; decorate each one to look like an alphabet block.
Originally published in the March 2013 issue of Parents magazine.