3 Ways to Make Events Easier! (And a First Birthday Party!)

I’m the type of gal who loves to host events “from scratch”.

Know what I mean? If it’s a birthday party, I like to make the cake, snacks and drinks from scratch. I like to craft all the decor. I like to think up and put all the favors together myself. I’m that kind of “from scratch”.

Buuuuut…I have twin 1-year-old girls. ‘Nuff said, right?! Sometimes “from scratch” is simply not possible! And, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that time is FLYING. And it’s really hard to enjoy yourself at an event that you really want to enjoy yourself at if you’re worried about the things that you still need to finish crafting.

So, sometimes I have to make events easier. 

A couple of weeks back, we celebrated the birthdays of our twin girls. Y’all, I CANNOT BELIEVE they are already an entire year old!

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(Clearly they can’t believe it, either! HA!)

So, for their first birthday party, I kicked in three simplicity factors:

  1. Order custom party items online
  2. Have someone else do the food
  3. Hire a photographer

My theme for their party was “Sweet Peas in a Pod”, so I could incorporate Sweet Pea flowers and two of everything! And so my main colors could be pink and green, too.

The custom items I ordered online were their invitations, a banner, and a sign for our yard. 

Here is one of the invites:

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I used it as the centerpiece for my Holiday Shelf – if you missed that post, CLICK HERE and you can check it out! 

When I ordered the invites, I also ordered return address labels to match them, and then typed up address labels to send them out with, making it even easier to get those invites out! (Plus, I ordered the return address labels to read as if the invites came from the girls themselves, which everyone loved! And I’ll use the rest of those labels when I finish their thank-you notes and mail those out.)

Here’s the yard sign:

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(Excuse the cell phone picture – it started to rain and things got yucky before I got down to the end of the driveway to photograph it with my big camera!)

Our driveway is about half a mile long, and several times along the way, it seems as if the traveler is going to one of our neighbors homes, so I wanted to mark the party location clearly! 

And then, the banner:

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Kinda helped to tie everything together and made a nice backdrop for their cake smash, too!

When it came to someone else doing the food, I ordered each of the girls a mini cake from my favorite grocery store, ordered cupcakes for everyone else, and ordered a fruit/cheese tray and a veggie tray.

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I added in some simple punch and bottled water with the snacks and treats, and it was all good!

In the end, I had a friend do the photographs (when my photographer cancelled), but it still allowed me to enjoy my girls and our guests and the party as a whole.

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As you can see, we had one who was good with the cake, and one who was definitely NOT. (This is so typical – these girls are the greatest, but they are total opposites in so many ways! I love their individualism already!)

I ended up putting together some simple but cute favors for everyone, too…

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Yes, that’s DoubleMint Perfectly Sweet gum!

The party turned out much simpler than I had originally planned, but you know what? Everyone said they had a wonderful time, the girls enjoyed themselves, and I enjoyed myself, too! I wasn’t running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and the day wasn’t a blur. Maybe next year I’ll dabble a bit more in the details, but this time around, I wouldn’t change a thing. 

Are you a “from scratch” person when it comes to events? What are your favorite simplicity factors to kick in?

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5 thoughts on “3 Ways to Make Events Easier! (And a First Birthday Party!)

  1. We don’t have time to cook everything, especially you, you have twins to take care of! I think it’s really better to just order everything you need from the decor to the food. That’s also stress-free!

  2. Happy Birthday to the twins! :) I think for their first birthday, you did a fantastic job of having others handle the party planning as you deserved a much needed break.

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