Last weekend, we had Rosen’s 1st birthday party at our home. The theme was Bubble Guppies—her favorite show. Unfortunately it’s not a very old show, so there isn’t currently any Bubble Guppies party supplies available for sale.
I did find some cute options on Etsy that people had designed and made themselves, but it would have been too expensive to go that route for all the decor, so I ended up making a lot of the stuff myself.
It was also helpful that Nick Jr. has some Bubble Guppies party printables available on their website, so I was able to use a lot of that stuff too.
I decided to design my own invitation and have it printed as a 4×6 photo, so it ended up being super cheap to do. Here is the invite:
I used some papers from a digital scrapbooking kit called Good Things by Audacious Designs. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available. Glad I downloaded it when I did!
Below are a bunch of pics of the basement, all decked out for the party.
I made the pennant banner myself with papers from the Good Things kit I mentioned above. It was pretty time consuming printing and cutting out that many triangles, but I was really pleased with the finished product, and it added a feminine look to the very unisex Bubble Guppies stuff. The Happy Birthday bubbles and characters were printed from the Nick Jr. site.
The Nick Jr. site offers Bubble Guppies cupcake toppers, but I wasn’t that crazy about them, so I decided to make my own. I had a “1″ on one side, and Bubble Guppies characters on the other side. Again, I used papers from the Good Things kit.
The table toppers on each of the round tables were printed from the Nick Jr. site.
All of the table cloths, plates, napkins, balloons, etc. were from Party City. I’m glad they had the shades of pink, orange, and blue that I was looking for. They matched the pennant banner perfectly.
For the balloons, I decided to purchase a Balloon Time kit, which comes with a helium tank big enough for 30 balloons. It was about $20 at Walmart, and was really easy to use. I definitely preferred doing it that way over having Party City fill up all the balloons and then having to transport them in my car.
Rosen’s birthday present from us was a ball pit, and it was a hit with all the other kids at the party too. I decided to make it using an inflatable pool, so we’ll be able to use it this summer as well.
I found the idea of making a month-by-month photo timeline on Pinterest, and decided to make a Bubble Guppies version. I designed it myself in Photoshop using Bubble Guppies clipart and digital scrapbooking papers from the Good Things kit.
It was funny going back through all of Rosen’s pictures from the year and trying to pick one for each month. It’s quite obvious I was too overwhelmed to take anything but camera phone pictures for the first few months of Rosen’s life. After that, I managed to take a nice portrait of her every month.
We had lots of our friends and family in attendance to help us celebrate Rosen’s big day. I wish I had taken more photos during the actual party. I didn’t get as many as I would have liked, but I still captured a good bit of the fun.
What a great day! I think next year we’ll just do Chuck E. Cheese’s. This party hosting stuff is too much work!