WW #105: Simple Birthday Celebration Ideas

Hi there friends. Last week, the second son of our dear friends Helene and Thiago, Hadrian, turned 1. In addition to being a gorgeous baby, Hadrian has such an easy, fun personality. My kids love playing with him and his older brother, Heitor. With this adorable young family due to visit us for dinner last Saturday night, we decided to turn the evening into a simple birthday party for little Hadrian. Here’s what we did. Oh, and feel free to weigh in with your simple birthday party ideas.

First up, the cake. My kids love brownies so we turned our regular old brownie recipe into a round cake. I was hoping to have some icing with which to write Hadrian’s name, but we were out. A simple paper sign and one candle that wasn’t even a birthday candle later, and we were good to go. When necessary, wing it, mamas!birthday cakeNext up, homemade cards aka the girls’ art project for Saturday. Marielle drew and cut out a photo of herself holding Hadrian’s hand. Priceless.

Got some fun birthday ideas you use for home parties? Share them below and enter our weekly giveaway!birthday cardAnnaliese’s card had a single cut out and many happy wishes.birthday card for birthday boyMarielle, Helene, Thiago and the birthday boy.simple birthday partyOlder brother Heitor (Hector) joining in. Helene being French and Thiago Brazilian, their boys have cross-cultural names that translate well from French to English to Portuguese.birthday partyMarielle playing big sister, the role she wish she had.playing big sister Settled in Brooklyn since last year, Helene and Thiago have started to make their way as young parents in the U.S. Both working full time and balancing two under 3, they’ve got their hands full. I feel so grateful to have this cute little family close by. The sister of one of my best friends Sarah, Helene’s the most real person I know with a contagious laugh and a zest for living that’s contagious. Warm, supportive and up for anything, Thiago is her perfect life partner. As a 12 year old, Helene used to ask me, “Melissa, do you think one day I’ll be married and have kids?” Over 20 years later, look where we are. It’s heartwarming to see her married now with a growing family.

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  • marialuisa12

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  • steve weber

    That handmade birthday card is golden.. hang onto that gem!

    • They are! Love handmade cards!

  • Liberty Thompson

    I can’t wait until my kids treat me to sweet cards like that!

  • Shade Oluloro

    My baby is still small but I truly can’t wait for my own cards. Precious!

  • shellypeterson

    Love the card. The brownie cake looks yummy!

  • Natalie

    That looks like a really rich and moist cake!

  • shannon fowler

    it looks like a great celebration! The cake looks so good!

  • Rachael Debates-Hunt

    i really want cake now!

  • cynthiac

    First birthdays are really special. I’m glad your family had the opportunity to celebrate Hadrian’s. (That’s such a cool name!)

    • Isn’t it? Thanks for reading!

  • RaeMun Lai

    Stomach growling after looking at that cake

    • Could definitely go for some more of that cake!!

  • Rosie

    To me, simple is the best and most fun, and the memorable and meaningful!

  • Ben Robb

    Handmade cards are so personal + precious!

  • April Gupton

    This is too cute!

  • Tiff

    These are nice simple things to do for a birthday without spending too much money!

    • I think simple isn’t a bad way to go – thanks for reading!

  • slehan

    You made it into a very fun party.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • Anita Kennett

    What a truly beautiful thing.thanks so very much for sharing

  • Betsy Barnes

    Besides cake and homemade cards, we have a tradition of having a birthday breakfast on everyone’s special day.

    • Very cool! What do these birthday breakfasts consist of? Sounds like a fun idea!

  • Jerry Marquardt

    I love these celebration ideas! I thank you for the most informative blog there is!

  • rosannepm

    Brownies are my favorite dessert so making it into a birthday cake is a perfect idea Rosanne

    • You really can’t go wrong with some brownies!