1st Birthday & Shopping Local

I can’t believe our little guy is ONE!!

I thought it would be fun to share with everyone a couple ways we supported locally for the birthday party. I personally love birthday parties because they are a creative outlet for me. I love the process of selecting a theme, organizing and executing well thought out decorations, treats, and a few special presents for the kiddos.

With Covid being so prevalent this year, we had to scale down his birthday party to just a couple family members. We had a nice, intimate party for a sweet boy and I know he thoroughly enjoyed it!!

When I’m choosing a theme, I like to pick something that I can reuse certain supplies or decorations. For his first birthday party I chose “Party Animal” as the theme, knowing that I had quite a few decorations already and anything I would purchase, I could use for future parties! I also like to include part of the decorations as the present for the child. This year the kids were able to keep all the animal figurines that I used as decor and they had a blast playing with them after the party!!

A couple ways we chose local were with the presents, food, treats, his first year portraits and my outfit I wore for the party!


We chose PIZZA for dinner!! Everyone in our home loves pizza including, the birthday boy! We knew it would be easy, and not require much for utensils or dishes. We absolutely love Big Al’s pizza and know it is always a huge hit.


For the birthday treats, we had custom cookies made by The Smart Little Cookie. She always blows us away with her talent for making these beautiful creations! Not only do they look incredible, they taste out of this world! We order cookies from her for many events and definitely would give her a 100/10. She always has designs that fit perfectly with my vision. They are filled with bright colors and fun designs that the kids go wild over.

On of our good friends made a beautiful smash cake. Her homemade frosting is EVERYTHING. by day (or night depending on the day) she is a meteorologist, incredible photographer, mama, and amazing baker! She really does it all and it is so special to have a family friend bake for their birthdays. You’ll see below one of the big reasons I outsource baking for the kid’s birthdays. Let’s just say baking/icing/decorating treats is not something I could ever list as a skill on my resume 😁


For gifts, we don’t do a lot. I feel like the party is a huge gift in itself and a memory they can cherish forever. I do like to have a couple small things for them to open and one of our very favorite places to get things for not only the kids but us as well is Full Circle Supply downtown. They have everything from kids toys, ethical clothing, non toxic beauty and body care, to household essentials. They really are the whole package. For our sweet boy, I chose…

-A few bath toys that we love because you do not have to worry about mold with them, easy to clean, durable, and fun characters.

-A board book. We have found so many great books here! I love having resources like these books to help teach the children about important people in history, ways they can be world changers, and open up a space for questions and discussion.

-A sweet little stuffy. The kids love dolls and stuffed animals so I like to be very intentional about the ones we choose for them as they are playing with them playing with them a lot!

In his one year portraits, he is wearing pants that we got from Full Circle Supply as well. He lives in these super cozy pants.


Although the pickler triangle itself was a gift for my daughter’s 3rd birthday, we got a “rock climbing ramp” as an accessory to go with it. A local family built our triangle, climbing board, and slide for the triangle. The kids use it every single day! I love that it encourages them to use their imaginations and promotes them to stay active.

My brother surprised the kids with this fun Blocksy couch to pair with the Pickler Triangle to make the ultimate obstacle courses. This was a HUGE HIT!!


I love getting portraits done of the kids. I’m not a huge fan of the more formal studio portraits. I love having a photographer that can come to our home and really capture special moments that reflect more so reflect us on a daily basis. The candid and raw photos are my favorite and I’m so thankful that we have had Whitney Wiatt capture our lives from our engagement photos, wedding, business/branding, newborn, family, and milestone portraits! I love how she captures the purest moments and I truly will cherish these photos forever.


Last but not least, my outfit for the party! I absolutely love Willow Boutique here in town. Pieces are thoughtfully selected from ethical clothing lines with a variety of styles. I love that I can get staples that I wear all of the time along with a few fun pieces to really spice up my outfits. The owner, Ashley is amazing and takes the time to help you find pieces that fit your personal style and body type. Every single time I am wearing something from Willow I feel incredible and always get compliments on my outfit/jewelry!

I’m thankful to live in a community that has so many incredible options to shop and support local. I had such a fun time putting together this party!

Published by Kathleen Pielhop - Midwest Mama -Creator

I took over my father’s blog September of 2017 after losing his battle with mental illness. This blog was originally to share my journey through grieving, finding peace, and trusting God in the process...and in many ways is exactly that. This has evolved into life as a family of 4 with 2 dogs, living in the Midwest. I will cover everything from fashion to our family routines. Join us on this crazy adventure!

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