As activities, I had a polka dot ducky bath, floating polka dot rubber ducky's that lit up. The kids loved this!! I also had a bounce house and music playing in the background from a CD that was customized with my daughters name in all the songs. I had a guessing jar full of Cherrios since this was her favorite snack. Closest person got a giant box of Dots candy. I had a “guessing of her age” game where I put up 8 pictures of her at different stages of her first year, person who guessed the most right answers got a bundle of mentos candy rolls.
As for the food, I tried to have everything be in some sort of polka dot form.
Here are some examples of what I served:
Hamburgers dots, buns dots, pickle dots, tomato dots, lettuce dots. Dotted Cheetos balls, dot pasta salad, green dot chicken salad, with grapes as the dots, red cherry dotted fruit salad. I had a Dotted Candy Bar that had all sorts of dot shaped candy and of course the Dotted Dessert bar. I made a polka dot ladybug cake with the Wilton Ladybug cake pan, and had a variety of dessert bars that I had used a circle shaped cookie cutter for.
All my serving ware was through Pier1imports summer line. Couldn’t have been better timing for them to come out with polka dot serving bowls. All of the plates, table linens, cups, and silverware were from Target’s polka dot birthday line. Attached to each serving bowl, I made name signs where I typed out the name of the food on the computer and attached it to the construction paper and then to a popsicle stick and attached it to each item. The table looked really fun!!
Last but not least, the favor bags, I had brown gifts bags and on the outside I had a small ladybug cutout from the scrapbook paper. Inside I put, a bag of assorted dot shaped candy (ex. dots, sweet tarts, mentos, peppermints, m&m's, skittles, etc), I found polka dot loofas, a toy ladybug that flipped upside down, bouncy balls, and a personalized polka dot pen that had a message on it that said, “Thank for coming to my 1st Birthday Party!”
And you may all be saying, she only turned one and won’t remember anything, but there are always pictures… AND if you can believe it, I’m already starting to plan birthday #2. It’s going to take me that long to come up with something as good as this one!!! Happy Planning!"