19 Jun 2015

Inspiration For A First Birthday Picnic In The Park

It’s Alex’s first birthday in just over a month *sobs uncontrollably into her coffee cup* and I’ve been thinking about what we can do to mark the occasion and make it a special day for our little man.

He’s too small to warrant hiring a room in the soft play and a little too young for most party options. But we still want to bring our friends and loved ones together to celebrate our little dude.

Becky’s birthday is in the depths of winter, so we never have an option to do it outdoors, but Alex’s birthday obviously lends itself to a bit of an open air party. The most obvious choice would be a garden party, however, our garden – though a good size – is not really suitable for a bunch of kids to be crawling and running around, as we have a lot of raised flower and vegetable beds and no lawned area (this is on our future wishlist though!).

However, we live almost opposite a lovely park and playground, so I’m thinking of moving our gettogether there and doing a “First birthday picnic in the park” – lots of green space and play areas for the kids, where babies, older siblings and our friends’ kids can run around as they please, and enough space for us adults to spread out, too.

So I’ve taken to Pinterest – where else? – to get some inspiration for some lovely picnics. I love the little finger foods in picnic baskets and the rustic baguettes, the colourful blankets and lanterns, and just the whole feel and setting of these images. 

It’s highly doubtful that I will be able to pull this off to that degree of finesse and loveliness, but I will give it a good shot. I’m thinking balloons, nice finger food, a colourful rainbow cake and little treats should be doable.

And I just love that shot of that little boy in the basket with the balloons, so hopefully we’ll have a lovely backdrop to take some nice shots of Alex and also us as a whole family. Now we just need the sun to play ball and come out on the day ... we live in England after all!

Otherwise I'll need a Plan B ... 

* Picture Source: Pinterest 

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  1. It's Noah's fourth Birthday next week and we love having parties in the garden for him. Although he's chosen a soft play party this year because that's what his older (winter baby) sister usually likes to have. He's very excited. Love your Pinterest inspiration. Pinterest never fails do put my efforts to shame! xx #TwinklyTuesday from Noah & the Girls

  2. Aaah I'd LOVE a summer party! I'm a January baby and all the boys in my life were born in March! It would be amazing to have a summer birthday! We had a summer party for the boys naming day and it was GORGEOUS!! I'm going to have to think of more excuses to thrown a party in the summer months aren't I! Look forward to seeing what you do in the end xx Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro | www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

  3. Ahh I love this we are just gearing up for the kids joint circus party in the garden this weekend and I have been pouring over pinterest trying to get things finalized for it. Love these ideas!!! Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme


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