An Ice Cream Social Birthday Party

An Ice Cream Social Birthday Party

I’m always torn about my kid’s birthday parties. Do I do something simple with just family or do I go crazy Pinterest with a theme? This year, for my son’s first, I decided to allow myself fall somewhere in the middle. Because you know what? Sometimes us mamas need a break and first birthday parties are one of the places that can give a little.

So, for Max’s 1st birthday we hosted a little ice cream social. Just a small gathering of family and close friends with relaxed conversation, yummy sweets and no gifts. It was perfect.

max's 1st bday invite for blog I used PicMonkey to create a simple invite graphic. Then, uploaded it to Pingg as a custom evite so I could easily track RSVPs and communicate with guests.

ics 4 600wRemember this DIY? Here it is in action!

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Instead of buying disposable products I thrifted old fashion ice cream glasses – they were less than 50 cents each!

ics 3 600w Max’s grandma made a sweet banner to decorate the topping table and later his room

ics 5 600wTime to dig in! So many topping choices!

reading space 600wTechnically, we did give Max one gift … in honor of his birthday we transformed our under stair room from a messy storage space into a cozy reading nook for the kids!

As you can see … no elaborate decor, smorgasbord of food or expensive details. But nonetheless, it was a jolly event enjoyed by all. Sometimes low-key is exactly what we need to focus on the real reason for the event. And that’s exactly what happened. At the close of the day, Max was honored and, of course, he loved his first taste of ice cream 🙂

How do you celebrate your little ones’ birthdays? Tell us in the comments below!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (


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