Popular first birthday themes for boys – Party Ideas Post

Do you remember your first birthday? We bet you don’t. I know I don’t remember my first birthday party. If there was one, I know I was there, that’s all.

I bet everybody else that was there remembers. Being a little boy, I probably made a big mess, at way too much food, made lots of noise and had a large amount of fun. Oh and ran around a lot, fell over a few times, okay, more than a few times, and there may have been tears.

In other words a good party as far as I, at the time, was concerned. The grown ups that were all there probably had lots of fun too. Now if you cannot remember your first birthday party, don’t be concerned. This, apparently, is normal. Which is because a boys first birthday, as much as it is held for the birthday boy, is just as much about family catching up, taking stock, and getting up to date with a new family members capabilities. Ever hear “Look how much you have grown?” Check.

In order to make sure that your boys first party is every success that you would like it to be, here is a short list of some great party ideas that we hope you will find helpful


This is where it all starts. Your little boys birthday invitations are the very first inkling your family and friends will have about the impending celebration. Choose a theme if you like, as this can help to plan your decorations, as well as be a whole heap of fun. Some popular invitation themes for boys include planes, trains, and automobiles, cars, balloons, or perhaps a favourite animal or cartoon character.


A bright, bold and beautiful banner is a good way to let your guests know that they have arrived – at the right place.  The uses for boys party banners don’t stop there however. You can use a pretty wide format party banner to brighten up a blank wall, or even as a backdrop for a candy buffet table. Speaking of which…


Spiderman boys birthday banner


Candy Table

Highly anticipated at parties and birthdays around the world, a candy table is like a magnet for hungry children. Yes and little children too.  Most everyone likes sweets, and a candy table also fills the need for finger food. On that topic, it will pay t plan ahead, to ensure you buy enough candy buffet lollies and sweets. Online is excellent for this, particularly if you are in a large country, such as Australia.

Birthday Cake

No party is complete without a yummy cake, a sing a long, and that timeless – if rather unhygienic – ritual of blowing out the candles. Here is a page about birthday cake topper ideas that we think might be helpful.

Boys birthday cake edible image

Party Favours.

Send your guests on their way with a smile, and something sweet to remember you by. Oh and load them up with a bit more sugar too lol. Either small party bags and boxes full of candy, or – and this is a pretty safe bet cause everyone likes chocolate – custom chocolate bar wrappers holding delicious milk chocolate. All themed in the same theme as your invitations.



Save Money on Your Next Candy Buffet Table – DIY

Save Money on Your Next Candy Buffet Table – DIY


All parties, weddings, birthdays, christenings and other events have several things in common. The events are usually around a person, or people. There will be invitations. Fun and happiness to, we hope. And food. Always food. In many cultures, the act of breaking bread with someone, sharing a meal or preparing food for guests, is seen as a way of honouring them, or an act of friendship.

According to Wikipedia, the breaking bread custom means

And so we move forward to today. Your guests arrive, honouring you with their presence. And this is in turn acknowledged by your gift of food to them. There are many aspects and possibilities when it comes to party food but this post is about candy and lolly buffets.

A candy buffet is usually a table, laden with candy, lollies and sweets, beautifully presented. Each type of candy is separate to the others, usually themed, and colour co -ordinated.  For example, if the theme of the party is Frozen, a range of blue party supplies would be used, such as blue jelly beans, blue labels and tags, and perhaps a stunning blue Frozen inspired personalized backdrop behind it all. Light blue pompoms and balloons too, perhaps.

Pink jelly beans

A major deciding factor on the success or otherwise of a candy table is how it looks. The decorations are a critical part of your candy buffet supplies, and shouldn’t be overlooked. In order to make sure your candy table is the hit you want it to be with your birthday, party, wedding or christening guets, you have two options.

The first is to engage a professional event organiser who specializes in candy buffet presentation.  They will usually take care of the whole thing for you, the sourcing of lollies and sweets, the decorations, set up and pack down. And it will usually look – and taste – awesome. Professionals don’t work for free however, and having a party planner set up a candy buffet table for you can quickly become expensive.

The other – and somewhat cheaper option – is to save money on your party supplies and make your own candy buffet table.  You can do this online, as most of the items you will often need are pretty easy to find.

Event planning tip : If you can, buy all of your lolly table supplies from the one provider. Talk with them during the purchase about what you are trying to achieve – a competent provider will often have experience in this area, and be able to suggest things that you may not have considered. Things, perhaps, such as how to present your various dishes to your guests. Buying from a supermarket is one option, but they may not have much in the way of personalized items.

One option is a smorgasbord style table, where guests help themselves to lollies and sweets displayed in pretty glass jars. Other options might be to have a central display, with a selection of small bags and boxes pre filled with candies. Sort of like a French fry box, or noodle box style with handles. Again, if you are buying from a business that also creates stationery, they can custom make labels and stickers for you for these.

Personalised lollipops for a candy buffet

These are some of the key elements that are essential to making your very own DIY candy buffet table. We hope they help – we know they helped us. Over time, we will be posting more on this topic, so watch this space!

Invitations – the start of any successful event.

Invitations – the start of any successful event. And don’t forget the party food!

For many of us, an event begins when we receive an invitation. We start to anticipate, to imagine, and to plan. We wonder who else will be going , what will be happening, and of course, we ask ourselves questions about the person the event is going to be held for.

If you are the event organiser, a lot of the questions people ask will be answered by the invitations. Let’s explain that in a bit more detail shall we?

A badly written invitation will contain no detail, other than the type of event, the date, and the venue. It might say, you are invited to Jim and Susan’s wedding at the church in Sydney on Sunday….This does not really do justice to a wedding now, does it?

A well designed wedding invitation for a formal type ceremony might instead say something like…

Jim and Susan would be honoured by your presence at their wedding ceremony, to be held at St Margaret Ignatius Church on the 412th of Nevermind month, 2015. Formal reception to follow at, and then the destination would be named. It would be in a flowing script or font, and use colours and background images to influence the perception of your wedding guests. A good quality paper would be used, possibly with a shimmer finish. This is called setting the scene. Painting a picture in your guests imaginations. They know to attend in formal attire. They know a whole lot more than with the first design.

Similar circumstances apply at christenings and baptisms. Some people opt for a religious ceremony, with all the hallmarks and trappings of the church involved. Non religious families sometimes opt for a naming ceremony instead. The invitations should always reflect the scene you intend to create.

Rocking horse themed christening invitation

Managing expectation can also be important, particularly when a child’s birthday is being held. Build it up to high and there can be tears and tantrums, but pitching too low will cause the same thing. Our advice is usually to walk the middle ground – start with a good invite that tells party guests the essential details, and hints at theme or entertainment. A good party invitation is often well worth the small amount of money you will spend on them – many people decide whether or not to attend on the basis of how the invite looks.


Kids birthday invitation


Once your guests arrive…. It’s time to eat

Make sure your guests are welcomed properly, make sure there is plenty of good food too. Don’t forget when you are buying party food and treats, to cater for the sweet tooth as well as those who have specific dietary needs, such as diabetics, gluten or lactose intolerant, and also – most important – provide a healthy option, such as fruit and non processed. Consider also having plenty of non sweetened drinks to offset those sugar rushes.

Want to monitor everybodys intakes? Rather than having a smorgasbord style candy table why not serve treats in party favour boxes and bags – that way no one goes overboard, and there is minimal wastage, which saves you money.

That’s it for this post in our party planning series. More soon – we would love to see you visit our blog again.