The party colors were going to be pink and silver, so that was my starting point for decorations. A trip to Michaels for scrapbook paper inspiration led me to these fun pink and gray patterns. I bought some matching solid color stock as well for the lettering panels. Total cost for 8 sheets of paper was under $5. I then made two templates (from a cereal box) - one for the larger triangle on patterned paper and one for the smaller triangle on solid color paper.
I opted to hand write the letters on each flag with a Sharpie for simplicity and time's sake. Then, using a sharpened pencil, I poked a hole in the upper corners for the ribbon to go through.
I happened to have some white rope-like ribbon and used that, but you could use anything. A little threading and they were done!
For extra decoration, I made smaller flags with the leftover paper and hand threaded these with a needle and thread, alternating the paper colors/patterns randomly. I made about 8 of these to hang around the dining room and kitchen during the party to tie everything together.
Can you believe I didn't even get a good photo of the finished birthday banner? You can see part of it in the background here behind peewee. The mini-flags are also on her high chair tray, although they look pretty ragged in this shot.
Besides the baby, the highlight of the party (any party) is always the food. I wanted everything to tie back to the Winter ONEderland theme, be easy to eat (read: finger food), and not break the bank. I did a lot of searching on Pinterest for clever food (and some decor) ideas (like this and this and this). Here was our final spread.
Snowman parts, reindeer snacks, cold cuts, snow covered strawberries (they were supposed to be dipped in white chocolate, but I burned it during the melting process so it ended up being drizzled), cheese ball snowman, Santa's B-Team (meatballs - think about it. Wink wink), chicken & tuna salad snowiches (sandwiches cut with snowflake and snowman cookie cutters), and pigs in a blanket.
For beverages, we had melted snow and melted yellow snow (a thematic favorite), Coke/Diet Coke/Cherry Coke, and hot cocoa with toppings and adult additives.
It may not be the prettiest Winter ONEderland first birthday party on Pinterest, but I had a fun time making everything, and our guests seemed to enjoy themselves. Happy Birthday to our little girl (and to this mama)!