Milk & Cookies Birthday Party

Third child, first birthday...I almost skipped the party. I'm glad that some of my family urged me to get planning though as I loved how it turned out! And I found out that brainstorming with the 6-year-old can bring some amazing ideas to your theme! Our theme was Milk & Cookies/Bedtime Stories, because don't those things just have to go together?


I found the perfect invitations from Tiny Prints. They were meant as a baby shower invitation suite, but I thought they worked perfectly for a one-year-old's birthday (especially my one-year-old that refuses to stand up). So sweet right? There were pink & green options also, but given that I was sticking with a pastel color palette, these were the perfect fit!


The big kids usually collect donations at their friend parties and Jack thought it would be a great idea to collect books at Olivia's party (even if she is little). So we collected board books for our local (and amazing) children's hospital. I was so excited to see so many favorites!


The books actually served as party decor as we set them up along the sideboard as people arrived.


And hanging above the books were bright and cheery tissue paper poofs.


In fact we kept the decorations simple, with the tissue poofs and rows of gerbera daisies adding pops of color.




Well, I did do one batch of balloons for Olivia to go crazy flinging about. The face above is because she learned to close her eyes before the she sent them flying!


Wall decorations included a birthday banner and...


a photo time line from 0 months to 12 months, ceiling to floor.


And the food for the party was...A buffet of cookies & milk of course!


I used a circle design/logo throughout the party and couldn't resist including a few more in these little frames on the table.


I baked six kinds of cookies for the party: Sugar Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Rainbow Swirl, Peanut Butter Kisses, M&M and amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies {recommended by southern daze}.


Strawberry, white & chocolate milk (because special occasions call for special milk).






My absolute favorite party suggestion from Jack was that all the kids come to the party in their pajamas! Soon after, EJ got these super cute milk & cookies jammies (in a batch of previously-loved clothes) and I set out to find equally cute jammies for the other two kids!


We emptied the toys out of our playroom, drew the shades, and set up a mini theater where the kids watched Bedtime Stories...


and ate lots of yummy movie snacks!


We created a keepsake book for Olivia out of a mini binder. I cut & hole-punched card stock to fit the binder and included a page with each invitation. Family & friends used the pages as a card, decorating them with stickers, drawings and notes to Olivia. The book came out better than I could have ever imagined.


The favor bags were these cute striped candy bags with a clear sticker on the front printed with one of five quotes from a favorite children's book (4 star-themed & 1 Olivia bedtime quote thrown in for fun).


Each was filled with one of these yummy star cookies from a local baker {check out Erin's blog to see more amazing cakes!}, sealed closed with a thank you logo seal, and partnered with a star cookie cutter. I have to give credit to Jack once again as the "star=nighttime" idea was all his!


This amazing chocolate chip cookie cake was made by our new friend Erin (thanks for the recommendation Auntie Sandy). You can check out more of Erin's awesome creations here.




Olivia didn't quite know what was going on, but she did seem to enjoy picking off the chips.


And apparently, unlike her mother, Olivia is not a huge fan of cake! We had to beg her to get a little dirty (I think her hair got the worst of it)!

Thank to everyone who helped make Olivia's first birthday bash a huge success and for everyone who celebrated with us!

The gorgeous photography in this post is courtesy of {tsj} photography (thanks Auntie Tracie), and the less than stellar shots are from my trusty point & shoot!
Leslie said...

I know I've said this before . . . but you are a ROCKSTAR!!!! Amazing idea and execution!!!

Rachel said...

if having kiddos means i have to pull off amazing parties like this one.....
well, maybe I'd better just stick to the pets!

Milwaukee Cupcake Queen said...

Seriously Heather, these parties are beautiful. Lucky kids! Happy Birthday Sweet Olivia. (and nice cookie, Erin!)

Jackie G said...

You are 2 for 2 this year on the awesome birthday parties!! Good work mom!! I'm sure everyone is glad you decided to have the party...it was a huge success and lots of yummy cookies and let's not forget the pink milk!! :)

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

love, love, love it all!!! and some of these "good" shots are not mine ... you're getting pretty good there my friend!

"Martha" Stewart (Stuart) said...

Who did that circle pattern decoration hanging above the cookie table? Looks fabolous! I will publish in my next magazine.

heather said...

Ooops, forgot to mention one decoration...the card stock circle "wall" which, while I cut out all the circles myself, was fashioned together by my wonderful husband (who apparently really wanted some credit given his comment above)! Thank you Matt!

Karri said...

What a fabulous party! You never cease to amaze me! I may just have to borrow that cute theme for my girlie's party -- perfect for any age! And yummy!

southern daze said...

I don't even know where to begin because I love everything about this party...and I'm 37! The gerbera daisies pushed it over the top for me (they're my favorite flower) and I'm just beside myself over how perfect this party was. Seriously, you and Tracie NEVER fail to amaze me with your genius party planning ideas (& execution of said plan!) Your kids are so lucky. And from the sound of it, Jack seems to possess your knack for the perfect details :-)

Comparison Not Even Close said...

While I did the circle pattern, that accounts for only 0.0001% of the preparations you did! The credit is all yours!

southern daze said...

In my exhaustion last night I forgot to add how much I loved your idea of donating board books for your local children's hospital. I think it's wonderful that your kids will grow up knowing that it's a wonderful thing to give to others :-)

Emily said...

So beautiful! :)

Jools said...

So sorry I missed it! Looks like a crazy amount of fun! And such wonderfully creative ideas from Mom and kids!

Kim @ Frost Me! said...

so adorable! I love all the thought you put into it and I SO want a piece of that cake!

hugs
Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
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beckley said...

wow, heather.
i'm late seeing this, but WOW.

maritsa said...

Wow, this looks amazing. You did an awesome job. And hooray for Jack for coming up such great ideas.

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Carrie said...

from the pictures, it looks like you had a really relaxing time, which sometimes doesn't happen with parties for little ones. where did you get your milk jugs with lids? i live in a pretty rural area, but i'd love to have a set for showers and parties!

heather said...

it was incredibly nice to have a space for the big kids to be AWAY from the rest of the party (instead of their usual pastime of running around the house in circles)!

I actually got the milk jugs at Target. They were in their seasonal area for Spring, but I saw ones with red, white & blue tops for the 4th in the same section, so maybe they'll bring them back again for the next holiday?

Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts said...

What a wonderful party and I love the cake!!!

Jordan said...

OMG! This party is too precious for words! I am in LOVE with that cake and that you donated the gifts :) How in the world did you make those rainbow cookies?

heather said...

Thanks Jordan! The rainbow cookies are actually a favorite cookie around here! I added a link in this post to a previous post with the recipe and how to make them.

Anonymous said...

Great party idea! Where did you find the water bottles labels?

Thanks - Christine

heather said...

Hi Christine- I made the labels actually. All of the labels for the party were done in Illustrator and then printed on either paper, card stock or sticker paper (depending on what they were being used for).

Anonymous said...

Thank you Heather - I might try the sticker paper. :)

Marcus & Melinda said...

This is amazing. My daughters first bday is coming up this month. did you have any food? WHat time did you do it at? Did you just do a movie with everyone. Was it enough to entertain everyone? WHat did parents do during the movie? Sorry, Im just so excited but not good like you at planning!

xoxo Daya said...

Awesome party!! Where can I get the pink bucket thats holding the favors?? i need one please help

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