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Elliot’s First Birthday Party - Rookie of The Year

It’s only taken me two months, but I’m finally sharing all about Elliot’s first birthday party! I’ve always done big first birthdays for the kids. Yes I know.. they won’t remember it but we will and it’s something that I really enjoy doing. It’s a great time to celebrate with friends and family that we likely wouldn’t see otherwise. It’s also my creative outlet, I’ve always loved planning, designing, and setting up events like this.

I thought it only made sense to ask Daniel if he wanted to choose the theme this year since I chose for Isla’s first and second birthday themes. And of course he chose baseball! If anyone knows him then you know that came to no surprise. It honestly made me pretty excited to see him so invested in planning this party, it was really sweet seeing his enthusiasm. We talked it over and decided it was going to be “Elliot’s Rookie of the Year First Birthday Party” but with a vintage twist. We were still traveling in our RV at the time so we planned for his party to be held at my parents house in Virginia while we were visiting. It only made sense since it’s where all of our family and friends live.  I made a custom invite on Canva (click here to purchase the template) and used Greenvelope to send his invite and loved how seamlessly it made the whole process! I was even able to add “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to play when someone opened it. 

My main goal for this party was to be low key, but honestly this theme was pretty easy to do that with. I purchased almost everything on Amazon and had it shipped to my parent’s house. I do love supporting small business but this was the easiest thing to do with us traveling at the time. Here are the details of his party!


We did a photoshoot at a local baseball field the month prior and used those photos for different decorations throughout the party. I made his monthly milestone poster on Canva (click to purchase my template) and had it printed from Walmart photos. One of my favorite pieces from his party were his milestone baseball cards. I also made those on Canva (click to purchase my template) and got them printed at Staples as “business cards”. I also added a quick welcome sign last minute that complimented his birthday party invitation. 

I wanted to have a big backdrop to decorate around. My dad cut the arches out of left over wood he had from one of his projects and once we got into town Daniel painted them and added the decal. I made the balloon arch to go over the back drop and called it a day. Overall the entire backdrop set up ended up costing me less than $30 to make.

I had a bunch of other random decorations placed throughout the party to help fill the space and simple little goodie bags to send home with the kids. 


The age group for his party was mostly infants to 5 years old. I had a coloring station set up with custom coloring pages, a paint your own baseball ornament station, a mini baseball game,  baseball themed corn hole, pin the baseball on the mitt, and a piñata. It was more than enough to keep the kids occupied! 

FOOD “Concessions”:

We went super simple with food because we wanted the same food you’d buy at a baseball game but added in some fresh options as well. Here is the food list: 

Hot dogs 


Mac and cheese

Soft pretzels 



Veggie tray 

Fruit tower 

Apple sauce pouches

Cracker Jacks 

Baseball Smash Cake 

Custom cookies 

Soda floats in baseball hats 

Twizzlers and mini Baby Ruth candy bars

Donuts that looked like baseballs 

We also had glass coke bottles for the adults  and juice boxes for the kids. 

Overall we had such a great time and loved being able to celebrate our sweet boy with all of our family and friends. I’ve linked a lot of what I purchased for his party below (there are 2 parts) and also linked my custom templates right here as well! You can purchase them the bundle which includes the coloring sheet and concession print out for free. I’d love to see your baseball themed parties as well! Tag me on Instagram @taylormalsch or email me to be featured on my blog. 

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