Nursery Rhyme -1yr- Memory Board
Jana in Dothan, AL USA
Nursery Rhyme Party: For my son's first birhtday I wanted to do something extra special. As a former teacher, I love nursery rhymes and he loves to be read to. I focused on "Hey, Diddle Diddle" and "Humpty Dumpty".
I got the plates and napkins at the local party store. They were actually intended for a baby shower but I just loved the colors(yellows, purples, greens, and blues) and decided I could make it work. I used the characters on the plates for inspiration. I drew enlarged pictures of the dish, spoon and stars and painted them with craft paint to display, and also painted a big sign that read "Happy Birthday___" I bought lots of balloons in the above colors and used a light blue table cloth and purple accents(cups, extra plates, etc.)
For games I painted a big cow(without a tail) that matched the plate design and we played pin the tail on the cow. I used a very large balloon and made a Humpty Dumpty pinata from newspaper strips and painted it with craft paint again matching the colors and designs from the plates. I filled it with candy and goodies. It was a big "hit".
The Humpty Dumpty cake was the most fun of all. I started with a cream cheese pound cake recipe and used a tube pan. Turning it upside down I iced it white, then with a flat icing tip I went around it and made red bricks ( you could also use grey icing and make it look like stones).The wall was covered in vines of icing ivy. I then cooked a regular box cake in my "Pampered Chef" small batter bowl and placed that cake upside down on the "brick wall". I then iced it to look like the Humpty Dumpty matching the plates and pinata. I decorated one cupcake and put it on his head for a hat.
For my son's "smash" cake. I used a small pyrex mixing bowl and baked a small amount of batter. When turned upside down it looked like the top of the moon(iced white). I cut out the picture of the cow from one of the large plates, attached it to a skewer and stuck it in the cake to appear as if the cow were jumping over the moon.
Party gifts were plastic cups filled with little $store prizes. I also purchased little candy bars and bubble jars and personalized the wrappers on my computer. _____ was dressed in a little suit with "Hey, Diddle Diddle" characters on it and his bib was adorned with Humpty himself. I got pictures of ___ with each of his guests.
I also made a memory board. I used a piece of poster board and covered it with pictures of ___ throughout his first year of life - they grow so quickly! Most of these pictures included him with those attending the party. We didn't go over board with the no. of guests- just a few close friends and family. We've got plenty of time for bigger parties in the future. This was the most fun and I'm already working on his next Birthday adventure.