Sunday, July 26, 2009

reader question of the week #1

My inbox is once again overflowing with reader questions, so I will post two this week as well. Thank you to all my amazing readers who contribute! You always inspire.

reader question of the week #1:

"We're throwing a Thanksgiving-themed party for my daughter's first birthday, and we desperately need help! Any guidance would be appreciated. -Casey"


Christi Bennett @ pisforparty said...

I love that time of year! Instead of serving cake, you could set up a pie dessert table with pies like pumpkin, apple, pecan, cobblers, etc.

Lisa said...

That's such a unique and cool theme...Here is a cupcake suggestion:

abradfordgardner said...

have the kids make turkey napkin rings and/or turkey place cards? pin the feather on the turkey? have the kids dress as pilgrims? how fun!

BeesKneesParties said...

How about gathering some branches, putting them in a tall vase, and making a tree. You could cut out leaves in different colored papers, and have your family and friends write why they are "thankful" for your daughter. The leaves would hang from maybe rich, chocolate brown ribbon. You could save them in her birthday album for her to read when she is older. I love the pie table idea from the previous post as well; for the babies and smaller children, how about tartlets? Good luck!

GrapeSeed said...

Thanks everyone! So far I've found
I'm thinking a traditiona birthday party with LOTS of fall colored balloons and maybe face painting or a balloon maker...
I LOVE the pin the feather on the turkey idea! And the thankful notes!
I'll have to go look at other ideas!
We'll definitely have mini pies!
More help would be great!
I also am wanting to do a spin on thanksgiving dinner ingredients put into finger foods, any suggestions would be so helpful! (Also fast easy, and mostly make ahead!) I'm trying to keep everything bite sized, more like an hor d'evours menu!

I was thinking the invites could read:
Our Little Turkey is Turning One,
We're so Thankful The Year's Been So Fun!
Any tips with that would be nice too!

Thank you all so much you have no idea how much help you've been, I've been starting to panic thinking I picked a very hard theme!

Pumpkin Petunia said...

I love the idea of really playing up the thankful aspect of the holiday. With a one year old, there's so much to be thankful for: all the joy she's brought you and the family, that she's happy and healthy, that you *survived* the first year!

LOVE the idea of the thankful tree and I also think that it would be so sweet to write a little note to each guest of why you and/or your daughter are thankful to have them in her life. What a heartfelt favor that would be.

Candice said...

My son turned one on Thanksgiving day two years back, and we did this same thing. The kids had feather headbands to wear, we played "Duck, Duck, Turkey", there was an edible turkey on the food table made from a honeydew melon body, a pear for the head, raisin eyes, and fruit skewers for the tail feathers. And I loved having pies in place of cake- it was a great day. Best of luck!