This is a bit of a throwback party post (I’ll do these along the way as you get to know me). O is my oldest daughter, she’s 4 now!!
I think I actually started to plan O’s first birthday before she was even born. I was pinning ideas like crazy, and I had settled on a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” theme, because I didn’t know if I was having a girl or a boy. I love books, I always have, and I could envision the entire party coming together perfectly. However, when O was born and we got to know her, I knew I needed to have something that matched her sweet and cheerful personality!
I went back and forth with different themes, but finally settled on a pink and yellow (sweet and sunny) theme! As soon as I settled on the theme, I got right into all the details.
I knew right away that I would need the perfect outfit for the party girl. After shopping on Etsy for a birthday tutu set for weeks, my cousin had a friend that made tutus, so I had her do it for me. It turned out perfect – look at this little cutie in her outfit! She’s screaming with joy!
We used a local Vegan bakery for her smash cake, because it needed to be dairy and soy free!
I love how simple and sweet it looked! It was also delicious! For the other party guests, I bought a sheet cake keeping with the theme. I didn’t go overboard on the cake, because my family members never eat a lot of cake. Know your party guests and think about where you can cut costs.
I made both of the banners myself. The first one had photos of O from each month of her first year. The second one was a “Happy Birthday” banner in the theme’s colors. I used scrapbook paper and some twine – a very easy DIY. I attached them to the walls with some Command hooks. I have to admit that I love Command hooks, but for some reason, one of them did not come off very easily, and took some of my paint with it. Luckily, we’ve changed the paint color since then – crisis averted!
I kept a lot of things about this party very simple, including the flowers. Very easy to do – mason jars with lemons, then add your flowers that match the theme. I placed these throughout my house, even in the bathroom!
One of my favorite details was this area, which included the party favors, a guest book, and O’s coming home from the hospital outfit.
For the favors, I used little mason jars filled with pink and yellow Starbursts. To decorate them even more, I added a pink cupcake liner, a yellow string and a cute label. I picked the book, “Pinkalicious,” because it obviously screams with our theme, and it’s an adorable story! Everyone signed inside the book, which will be a wonderful keepsake for O to have. I made the sign with a dollar store frame and some scrapbook paper.
I just loved this Sweet and Sunny first birthday party. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the birthday girl had a blast, well, sort of…
Did your little ones like their first birthday cakes? I’d love to hear below!