Nora’s Donut Birthday Party
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I don’t know where to begin with sharing my daughter’s donut birthday party. It was my second baby for about eight months…maybe more. As a new mom, I found myself in an unfamiliar situation.You prepare yourself for big changes, but I’m not sure you could ever be ready for the loss of freedom that arrives with your new baby. Small things like running to the store or grabbing a coffee are no longer small things. I knew that I would stop working once I had my baby. I didn’t know how much I would miss working. Being with my friends, getting to set up fun parties, just being out and about in this great city.
Nora’s first birthday became my sanity. After a long day, or during naps, I used her party as a creative outlet to give me something to do. I put my whole heart into it. I think it may have even been an inspiration for me to start this blog. Just to have somewhere to share all the love I put into this party.
I am beyond excited to share this series of posts on Nora’s donut birthday party. The party is colorful. Filled with so many fun details. Chock full of donuts, of course! It’s not perfect by any means, and there are a few things I would change if I did it again. Overall, I was really happy with how it all came out.
I wanted this party to be extremely colorful, vibrant, and just an all around fun time! We chose to have a brunch to tie in with the donut theme. Of course, you can have donuts any time, but Sunday brunch is always nice. In addition to all of the donut treats, we also had a yogurt bar, pastries, sandwiches, an egg bake, bagels, and a few other brunchy items (wish I thought to take pictures of the food, but there was a lot going on). The donuts, however, were the absolute star of the party (aside from my Nora, of course).
These sugar cookies were something I started teaching myself pretty early on I used a class from The Alison Show called Alison’s Cookie Party. She uses an awesum wet method that makes doing these fancy type cookies a lot easier (In my opinion).
Cake by my very talented Mom
The donut guest book was one of my favorite details. Everyone colored in a sprinkle then wrote their name. I designed and had it drawn using the Cricut (my go-to DIY gadget).
Fun sprinkle number ones and equally fun sprinkle favors. I got the favor idea from Something Turquoise.
Ahhh our donut truck! A collaborative effort between my Dad and I. I saw a donut truck prop somewhere (probably Pinterest). I mentioned it to my Dad and he really knocked it out of the park. The logo was designed and cut out of vinyl on the Cricut. The paint job is the sweetest labor of love that I would do all over again because this truck is just everything to me. If you are in the Long Island area my Dad is primarily a contractor BUT he can also do cool stuff like this! (check him out)
Handmade hats and donut paper goods completed the setup, too bad nobody really sat at this table. haha! It was still one of my favorite spaces to put together, but in my mind, my cousins were a lot younger than they actually are. Ah well still looked pretty cute!
As much time as I spent on the party, nothing compared to what the day actually meant. It was a celebration of my sassy little lady who changed our entire world. Also, a celebration of Pat and I surviving the year. Each stage passed, each night got easier, and every day she was a new little person figuring things out. People always say it, except you will never understand until you’re there, but I truly don’t know how I ever lived without her. Not saying I don’t want other things in my life, I do! It’s just, everything else is kind of dull in comparison to watching this child become her own person.
I hope you love the party, as much as I loved creating it. Hopefully, it gives you some great donut birthday party inspo (well, really any party inspo). Please come back and check out the rest of my donut birthday party series. Next, I will be sharing three donut party goody bag ideas.
Donuts Netties Country Bakery | All Sprinkles Sweetapolita & The Bakers Party Shop | Nora’s 1st Birthday Book Mixbook | All Garlands made by me using the Cricut | Donut Paper Goods (Cups, Napkins, Plates) by We Love Sundays Oh Happy Day Party Shop | Confetti Shop Sweet Lulu | Drink Containers Pop Up Parties Shop | Felt Ball Garland Benzie Design | Anything I Missed, Just Ask!