One of the advantages of having my girls’ birthdays be two days apart is that I can throw them a joint party every year until they’re too old to allow it. Since I wanted E to have her own party for her 1st birthday last year, this year was the first time we did the joint party thing. I had it all planned out in my head until A decided she had a theme in mind: Hello Kitty. She mentioned it months before her birthday and never gave up on it despite my attempts at convincing her. Why would I try to change her mind, you wonder? Because A has like 2 Hello Kitty things and I still have no idea where she got that idea from and/or why she was so dead-set on it. The problem is that E is obsessed with Minnie Mouse. A likes her, too, so that seemed like the easy choice. But, nope. A wouldn’t let up. So, I had to figure out how to do both in one party. Here’s how I did it.
Keep it simple. For both of their first birthdays, I did a lot of DIY and poured my heart, time, and soul into them. This year’s weren’t milestone birthdays so we kept it small – family only with pizza for dinner. Being a busy, working, blogging mom, I didn’t even consider doing any DIY this time (and probably won’t ever again). Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Pick a base color. For me, it was pink (obviously). I used solid color pink decorations anywhere I could. The tablecloth, cups, forks, and balloons were all pink. I tried to keep things as non-specific as possible where I could.
Coordinate as much as you can. But don’t try to be perfect. My goal was to blend as much as possible but still have two distinct themes. I did that by finding them outfits that were as similar on Etsy (I ended up making A’s shirt myself the night before because the one I ordered got lost in the mail) but still true to their respective theme. I also found Minnie Mouse plates and napkins and Hello Kitty plates and napkins that had the same color scheme; the colors weren’t exact matches but they were close enough.
Cupcakes > Cake. Instead of buying two cakes that would end up as leftovers in the trash, I ordered cupcakes with pink icing and used character picks that I ordered online. It was fun for my family to pick which character they wanted and it was a joke the whole time.
My girls loved it and I’m so happy with how it came out. When E woke up from her nap and saw all the decorations before the party she could barely contain herself. She wanted to grab everything! Side note: A’s big gift was a new “big girl” bike and E’s was a ride on Minnie Mouse scooter that she can’t get enough of.
Here are a few shots from the day. Enjoy!