How to Throw a Boho First Birthday Party

Today we have a guest blogger, Jessica Lighter from The Celebration Stylist giving us the lowdown on how to throw an awesome party for the little ones in our lives. Jessica is a party stylist and blogger, wife, mama of two girls, home decor enthusiast, and Disney fan who lives in sunny, South Florida. She is a party expert who started blogging to share her love of creating and inspiring others.

Here are her tips on how to throw it down right:

  1. Keep it Simple -- Don’t stress yourself out over Pinterest worthy parties. Focus on one area, usually a cake table, and don’t worry too much about the rest. Minimalism is in anyway.
  2. Don’t Go Crazy with the Guest List -- It’s a classic mistake for first time parents, I see it all the time! Don’t invite everyone you know, just invite your closest friends and family so that both you and your little don’t get overwhelmed.
  3. Order Food! -- I really recommend ordering food from a grocery store, pizza place, or restaurant rather than making it yourself. I made this mistake myself for my daughter’s first birthday, I was up until 2am the night before her party making star shaped PB&J, never again! Save yourself the headache and just order it.
  4. Smash Cake -- You can’t have a party without cake! And everyone loves to watch a baby eating cake for the first time. It’s the perfect party entertainment for a first birthday party.
  5. Self Serve Activities -- Unless you are hiring some sort of entertainment, make the activities self serve. Things like a ball pit, bubbles, and coloring appeal to kids of all ages but won’t require you to lead so that you can enjoy your own party and the kids can move at their own pace.

We thought the following was a great example of Jessica's boho party planning done right and wanted to share it here for inspiration. For more party know-how, make sure to visit Jessica's Party Guide here. 

Custom cake and Krispy Kreme

"I loved styling this gorgeous pink and gold, Boho Garden Birthday Party in Pembroke Pines, FL. It was for Miss Victoria's 1st Birthday and was held at their house which ended up working out just perfectly. The client wanted something boho with an elegant twist and lots and lots of fresh flowers. Everything at the boho garden birthday party was gold and pink with some wood accents throughout. Her home decor actually coordinated so well with the boho garden birthday party which was a major plus for the overall atmosphere."

Bubbles and Gold Crowns
"They had a food truck in the driveway {how cool is that?} and then as you walked in the front door, there were faux flower crowns for girls and gold paper crowns for the boys along with their favors. Bubbles are always my favorite favors for the little ones. These were spray painted gold with custom labels. Then as you kept walking in, the gift table was on the right and the cake table complete with fresh Krispy Kreme donuts was on the left next to a gorgeous lace teepee. We used fresh flowers all throughout the boho garden birthday party, which was just stunning."

Gold high chair and ball pit

"Then you walked through sliding glass doors onto the patio with custom pillows on the outdoor couch and more flowers on the tables. Then beyond that was a ball pit with only white ball pit balls. Ball pits really are the BEST party activity for this age. Next to that there was a big white tent with a 16 food table with a gorgeous, fresh floral garland all the way down the center and a kid's table too. There was also a ribbon backdrop for the vintage, gold Jenny Lind highchair that blew so nicely in the wind but could also get wet if it rained, which it did. Everything at the boho garden birthday party flowed so nicely, which doesn't always work out as well when hosting a party in a home."

Flowers everywhere