Hand me a box of tissues while I cry writing this post, but… we are now less than TWO weeks away from Arlo’s first birthday. And I wanted to finally tell you guys the theme AND share some of the party inspo and ideas we’re hoping to create!!! Drumroll please…
“To Infinity and Beyond!!!!”
But… not actually Toy Story-themed. Let me explain.
When I was trying to think of a theme for his party, I really wanted it to have some meaning to it. One day, after the ZILLIONTH time I had screamed “To infinity and BEYOND!” at Arlo to get him to raise his hand like he always does, I screamed “OMG THAT’S IT!” It was the perfect theme. It fit our always-Pixar-inspired family moments and I thought I’d be able to put my own fun spin on a “space” theme.
What I don’t love about space-themed parties is they’re always dark. So, I’m flipping the theme on it’s head and going with rocket ships, planets, stars…. and blue sky, clouds and rainbows!! Since Andy’s room had blue sky wallpaper, it just felt so right!! We’ll be using every color under the sun and it’s going to be so bright and fun.
The first thing I had to get done was invitations. I am a stationery FREAK and there are very few moments in life where I get to do custom stationery (my wedding being the only other one, LOL) so I seized this opportunity. We worked with Printerette Press and LOOK at the invite Catherine created!!!!! They’re even letterpress!! TEARS TEARS TEARS!!!
Next, let’s talk about some of the other party inspo and items….
I got most of our paper goods at Bonjour Fete, the PRETTIEST party shop in LA. And they’ll also be stepping in to help bring some of my larger decor ideas to life as well!
I realized I didn’t mention, we will not be hosting the party at our home as originally planned because our yard is just not ready for a bunch of people to come hang yet. So, instead, we’re hosting it at an awesome space in LA that I’ll share more details about after the event!
Mint Cups | Rocketship Cup Stickers*
(*These come with silver cups, but I swapped ’em!)
Rainbow Plates | Cloud Napkins
Wood Rocketships | Star Plates
Yellow Tray | Scallop Napkins
Giant Bouncy Balls | Balloons
At the space, we’re going to be doing a couple balloon installations!! I’m talking planet balloons, a balloon rocket ship and maybe even a balloon rainbow!?!?
Alana Jones Mann will be making a couple of her shag cakes for us. I CANNOT wait to see them. And Theresa, our resident baker extraordinaire, will be making rocketship cupcakes for the kiddos!! Thinking we’ll do a DIY for these. They’re gonna be so stinking cute. I also bought this cookie cutter and might try to DIY a birthday candle for Arlo. Wish me luck!
Food-wise. You guys! I reallllllyyyy wanted to do pizza, inspired by Pizza Planet (DUH!) but we couldn’t find an affordable option so we’ll be going with tacos. Can’t complain, haha!
I’m gonna be decking out those wooden rockets and that play rocket ship in some fun bright colors and then I was gonna pick up some of those giant bouncy/rubber balls you see at Target for the kids to play with. They kinda look like planets!
We picked up a Pixar coffee table book that we’re going to leave out for everyone to sign. And last, we’ve got Sugarfina hooking us up with some on-theme custom candy favors (Are you judging me for how much sugar is at this party? Haha!!) and that. is. that.
Can you tell I’m excited?? Truth be told, planning parties can actually really stress me out because I feel so much pressure, but I’m really, really excited for this. We didn’t get to have a baby shower, sip and see or any of the typical “baby” parties so this feels like a super big deal.
I’ll of course share the whole shindig in a couple weeks, but I couldn’t wait any longer to tell you guys the theme!!!
Photos by Jeff Mindell
This theme is absolutely adorable, I love the colours!
Those rainbow plates are amazing. I’m never using regular plates again! Great theme.
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Haha! I support this.
Heather O says
Oh my goodness I love this SO MUCH! What a great idea! I hope you guys have the best day, it seems like yesterday you were announcing Arlo joining your family!
I knowwww, time has FLOWN by!!! I really can’t believe it.
Kate Zy says
Looks so memorable!!! When I was a kiddo, we had a special, space-themed birthday song by Captain Zoom that my dad played on the stereo every birthday morning. Here’s a link in case you want to play it for Arlo on his space-themed day!! http://www.captainzoom.com/zoom-birthday-song-samples.html
Too cute! Do you have a source for the space garland in the top photo?
Sure do!! Right here: https://www.bonjourfete.com/products/space-mini-garland
First birthdays are the best. It started my passion for DIYing!! This is the absolute cutest idea, Kelly. I can’t wait to see it all come together! When my daughter was turning 4, she was obsessed with the Little Mermaid. It was so much fun putting my own spin on it. And who doesn’t love mermaids.. so win, win! 😉 #arielfanforlife
Kristina B says
THIS. IS. PERFECT!!!! I cannot wait to see it all come together and I wish you could do Pizza Planet! That would have been so perfect but tacos are an excellent consolation prize. And Printerette’s playful style is perfect for the invites! I bet they are GORGEOUS. Have funnnnnn!!!
Where did you get the A thats on the striped plate?
It’s part of a letter garland we got at Bonjour Fete! https://www.bonjourfete.com/products/multicolor-letter-garland-kit
Love love the theme especially since it’s Disney expired, and I just love party planning in general so I can’t wait to see what you do!
I love love love the party thing especially since it’s Disney expired. I also love party planning in general so I can’t wait to see what you do with the party!!!!
Awwww, the invites are adorable. I love the infinity and beyond reference. So special. Enjoy his big day!
I saw this instagram account and thought of you. She’s an inspiring, rainbow loving, DIYing, elementary school art teacher.
P.S. I looove the birthday theme! The letterpress invites are out of this world! 😉
there’s something about the way you translate your excitement into copy that is just unspeakably sweet and successful! usually i just start crying two sentences in when it’s somethung arlo-related. 🤷🏼♀️ love this theme (obvs), and cant wait to see it all come together!
I would love to discuss the topic you share. with lots of good information and updates.