I’m late posting…but here are some pics from Riley’s first birthday party! Our unofficial theme was ‘garden party’ inspired by a couple old paper lanterns I picked up at Target a few years ago.
I’ve never been a huge pink person so I wanted to use the coral and turquoise colors as my main inspo. I also wanted the decor to not scream ‘baby party’. Googling found me this stunning party http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2015/11/13/garden-party-first-birthday/. I knew from the beginning that we were just going to have a small gathering of friends and family so it didn’t make sense to spend a ton of money on decorations that would likely only be used once. There are a ton of tissue paper flowers on Etsy but you still have to put them together yourself and for the amount I wanted they aren’t budget friendly!
We trekked all over town looking for flowers but they seem to only sell the tissue poufs that hang, not 2D flowers for the wall. I thought I remembered making some as a kid on a smaller scale like with pipe cleaners and such so I found a tutorial which turned out okay but not as plump as the flowers I was envisioning 😦 I finally found these sold online at Target http://www.target.com/p/pink-hues-paper-flower-d%C3%A9cor/-/A-50940315 I decided to try them since I was running out of options and I’m glad I did! I rounded the corners since I didn’t want pointy flowers, and once I knew how to model the flowers it was easy for me to recreate the design with other colored tissue paper (shoutout to my sister & husband for staying up til 1am with me finishing making and putting up the flowers!). I wanted to make more flowers but we ran out of time. This is what our completed floral wall looked like:I wanted to do something with Riley’s monthly photos to showcase how much she grew in the past year so I made a simple banner with them. The hearts on the edges (and on her high chair) were these free printables that just happened to match our theme and color scheme 😉 from here http://nataliemalan.com/watercolor-florals/watercolor-floral-free-valentine-garland/ Look at that tiny peanut!I also used Natalie Malan’s letter floral printables to make an “I’M ONE!” banner for the front of her high chair. (http://nataliemalan.com/family/free-botanical-garland/)There was so much more I wanted to do but there simply wasn’t enough time as a busy toddler mom, next time I’ll have to start planning a few months in advance. Overall I spent around $50 on decor including her party outfit, so I was pretty happy with that expenditure.
I made chocolate, vanilla, and carrot cake cupcakes for variety and a little smash cake for Riley. I’m no professional baker or decorator but apparently they tasted okay 😉Little miss didn’t nap well the morning of the party so she was a little grumpy in the afternoon but began to perk back up during lunch and of course cake. Enough from me, I’ll let pics share the rest of the day!
Unfortunately with all the hustle & bustle we didn’t even think to take a family photo until the end of her party so we got these gems lol. All in all it was a pretty great party though!