The Easiest Way To Host A Party

Executive Editor Amanda Carter Gomes hosts a low-key gathering to celebrate the first birthday of her son with the help of Seedling!

All images by Matthew Gomes

We are big fans of low-key entertaining and celebrations at Clementine. So as her son's first birthday approached, our admittedly non-crafty executive editor Amanda was having a difficult time deciding whether or not to have a party to celebrate the milestone. A working mother with two young boys, her resources, creativity and energy were feeling tapped. When our friends at Seedling offered to partner with Amanda to host a stress-free, relaxed celebration complete with decor and activities (for all ages), she jumped at the opportunity!

Armed with only cupcakes and tacks, Amanda used Seedling's Celebrate Decorations kit for the decor. The easy-to-assemble tassels, wooly balls, pompoms and confetti served as a backdrop for the small family gathering.

"Now that I have two children, I often feel it takes me twice as long to get anything accomplished. My oldest son was entertained for the hour (seriously, only one hour!) it took me to prep for the party with the Design Your Own Superhero Mask and Design Your Own Superhero cape set."


Amanda said she is taking conscious steps to practice what we preach at Clementine in her own life by keeping things simple. "The party was small and focused on the essentials (decorations and cake!); it made what has previously been an overwhelming event enjoyable and most importantly: memorable. "


We could not agree more. After all, isn't that is what birthday parties are for - the moments and the memories?


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