Friday Favorites: It’s COLD & First Birthday Party Inspiration



We had a long week stuck inside, as I’m sure you have heard, we had a Polar Vortex hit Chicago, making the temps brutal, it got as low as -55 one day, making it ALMOST the coldest day in the history of Chicago, brrrr! My little ladies did a great job keeping busy, we played endless hours of Calico Critters, Bake Shop and “family,” which I love hearing them play, Avery is always the Mom and Emmy is the baby, it’s adorable!

Coffee Maker (Amazon) / Tea Set (Pottery Barn Kids) / Plastic Cake Stands (Target)

White Table (Target) / Chairs (Target) / Valentine Chair Cover (Pottery Barn Kids) / Divided Plates (Target) / Natural Play Dough (Heart Made Dough Etsy Shop)

Ok and I just had to share this Instagram vs. Reality moment at our house, I just want to keep it real and let you know, this room typically looks like the second photo majority of the time. However, I can not sit down and relax at the end of the day if this room is not picked up!

Sectional (Macy’s) / Ottoman (Macy’s) / Wall Vase (Magnolia & Similar) / Mirror (HomeGoods-Similar) / Frames (IKEA– Similar)  Side Table (Target-Similar) / Lamp (Target) / Rug (Overstock) / Laptop Table (HomeGoods- Similar
Tray (HomeGoods- Similar) / Kid’s Activity Table (Target) / Kid’s Chairs (Target

This mess belongs to my little ladies, I’ll have to ask them to source everything 😉

This weekend I am in total party planning mode! Our sweet Isla Rose is turning one on the eleventh and Mama needs to wrap up ALL her party details. With all of our sick days and snow/cold days, this party has snuck up on me. But, to be totally honest, I’m looking forward to spending my Saturday out of the house, running errands, we have all been stuck inside for too long!

I’m planning on writing a longer post with ALL of the party details, but here are some of the plans that I have already taken care of.

1- Theme: Valentine’s Day Donut Themed Brunch
I have always found that if I pick a theme that is also seasonal around the time of my little ladies birthdays, I can find really great and inexpensive decor, especially in the Target dollar section! For Isla’s party, I scooped up ALL the Valentine’s decor I could find and the best part is, we can reuse these decorations for Valentine’s Day in the years to come! Here are some of the “pins” that inspired me for Isla’s birthday, you can also check-out the board here: First Birthday Ideas.

The invite from Yellow Dodo Designs

   Donut Party Birthday Decorations                 
Pin and Image from: Whole Party Supplies Blog
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2- Menu: Brunch Food
I’m keeping the menu pretty #basic, I love breakfast food and it’s super easy to plan for! I’m planning on serving: bagels with cream cheese, sausage, egg and cheese casserole, yogurt parfaits, donuts, fruit skewers and some yummy snacks too! For dessert I’m attempting to DIY a donut wall, fingers crossed I can make it work, I think it would be so fun to use for future parties too!

3- Outfit: Etsy Saves the Day
I always rely on Etsy to find a cute first birthday party outfit for my little ladies, I love keeping the outfit in their memory box! There were SO many donut themed outfits, it was actually hard to pick, but I couldn’t resist the cute ruffle on this onesie from the shop: Exquisite Rose. I can’t wait to get it in the mail!

Images from Exquisite Rose Etsy Shop

4- Decor: Etsy & Amazon 

Pinterest was my savior when it came to planning this party, the donut theme is VERY popular right now, which also made decor ideas really easy to find and pretty cheap too. I grabbed some printables off of Etsy form the shop: Design My Party Studio and will be busy cutting this weekend! I love making the monthly banner for first birthday parties, it’s so fun to see how the girls changed from one to twelve months. I also found the CUTEST balloon shop on Etsy: Cher Can Do It,  you have to go take a peek, everything is really reasonably priced and she even offers balloon garland kits!

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5- Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for One Year Olds 
Last but not least, I’m rounding up some of our favorite gifts to give when we attend a first birthday party! After three little ladies, I feel like I have a good grasp on the toys that they keep coming back to play with. While the kiddos love opening up a new toy or two, we also love when the Grandparents treat us to our Zoo pass, or even give us money towards an activity like swim lessons! What’s your go to first birthday gift?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, let me know your plans and if you’re from the Friday Favorites link-up, make sure you leave a link to your post, I would love to see what your favorites are too. Stay warm and if you want to keep up with more of our daily adventures, follow the little ladies and I on Instagram: @snyderfamilyco.

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