I had been "ummming" and "ahhhing" as to whether or not to have a first birthday party for my son since we had moved out of our house and we are living at my parent-in-law's house at the moment.
I had wanted to do a rubber duck party for a long time because my son loves the bath so much but I also wanted to keep it small and simple.
Here's a few ideas that I used that made for a great day but with relatively little preparation and very little stress.
"Rubber Ducky, you're the one,
Who'll make this party, lots of fun"
Waddle over to (address) on
31st October at 10am.
Your presence would be just ducky!
Give us a quack and let us know if you'll be able to attend.
Join us for pancakes, milkshakes and "ducky" games
to celebrate Spencer turning one.
Decorations: Lots of yellow rubber ducks (of course) plus blue and yellow balloons and streamers. I also made this lovely yellow bunting with my son's name on it and two blue ducks at each end. This was made from yellow and blue paper and took about 15 minutes to whip up!
Games: Cheap yellow ponchos ($2 each) made great dress ups for a duck relay race.
These little trophies (also from the $2 shop) were a real hit as prizes for the races. Of course all the kids got one because "every one's a winner!!" I stuck a duck sticker on each one to match the theme.
These blue jellies were also popular. Again, I used duck stickers to tie them in to the theme. We also served pancakes and milkshakes which filled everybody up and meant that the kids didn't eat too much other "party" food.
For the cake, I simply made cupcakes and decorated them with blue icing and a yellow duck candle.
I used toiletry bags as the party bags and filled the shampoo container full of jelly beans, the soap container with rice wheels/chips, the toothbrush holder with a chocolate sipper straw etc. The children loved getting these and packing and repacking their new belongings!!
A simple activity like making a duck out of a paper plate, icy pole stick and some feathers gave the preschool aged children a task that involved concentrating on their cutting, pasting and construction skills. They were so proud with their finished products.
Overall it was a lovely, easy party which was enjoyed by all!