How to Throw a Lady and the Tramp Themed Birthday Party
The start of a brand new year has me in a reflective mood. One of my favorite events of 2016 was Lillian’s first birthday. The first birthday is not only a celebration for the little one, but for the parents as well. We all survived an entire year. In some cultures, the mother and baby don’t even leave the house for the first year, and the baby’s first birthday is sort of a coming out party. In other words, it’s a big deal.
I may have gone a bit overboard for Lillian’s first birthday, but I had so much fun planning it that once I started coming up with ideas I couldn’t stop! In honor of Abbey, our cocker spaniel and Lillian’s best friend, we decided to have a Lady and the Tramp/puppy themed party.
My first order of business was to commission a cake from Sugar Leaf Treats in Branson, Missouri. They made our wedding cake and every single thing they create is incredible. Their cakes taste even better than they look, which is saying a lot.
Lillian had a separate little smash cake that looked like Lady's hat box.
I got crafty and built this cute little doghouse out of a cardboard box. Lillian didn’t want anything to do with it, but at least her cousins enjoyed playing in it. I still can’t bring myself to toss it out, so it’s currently sitting in my basement collecting dust. I also put together the fun tutu decoration and collar name tag for Lillian’s high chair, since I knew we’d be taking a lot of pictures while she ate her cake.
I found this adorable banner on Etsy, but I think it would be pretty easy to make out of an old Little Golden book. I also found some Lady and the Tramp wooden blocks on Etsy that I used as table decor and then gave to Lillian as part of her birthday gift.
For party favors, I bought an assortment of plush puppies from Oriental Trading, and set up a dog pound where the kids could adopt a puppy. We had adoption certificates and supplies to make a collar for their new pup. The kids also enjoyed watching Lady and the Tramp which we played in the background throughout the party.
In keeping with our Lady and the Tramp theme, we served spaghetti and meatballs, which, in hindsight was maybe not the best idea for a kids party, but it sure was tasty. We also used bone shaped cookie cutters to create a kid-friendly meat, cheese, and cracker tray.
Of course the birthday girl had to have some special outfits. She greeted everyone in a sweet little poplin dress from Janie and Jack, with a Lady and the Tramp bow I bought on Etsy. It just so happens we also found a matching purse at Target that reminded me of Lady’s hatbox!
Post smash, she wore a glittery “one” onesie that we got at a local boutique.
Yes, she had 3 wardrobe changes. No, I’m not sorry.
I do plan to tone things down for Lillian’s second birthday this year, but I had such a blast planning her first birthday that I’m not sure I can hold to that promise! As long as her family and friends are there to celebrate with us, that’s all that really matters at the end of the day.