We had Adeline’s first birthday party on Saturday, June 30 and it was a huge success. I love, love, love planning fun, creative, lovely parties for my kids and am so excited to share all the details (be prepared for a very long post!).
Adeline’s first birthday party decor theme was pom poms, pennants and pinwheels. We hosted it in our home (this was a first for us – we have always had Elias’s parties at a local park) and had about 20 people attend.
Before I share the details of the party, I want to share this realization: Having Adeline’s party at our house showed me that I have been too concerned in the past about the size of our home. Just because we have a small space (our total condo is just over 1,000 sq. ft.) does not mean we can’t entertain! I don’t think one person thought to themselves, gosh, they should not be having this party here. If you are like us and live in a small space, I want to encourage you to have a party! We love to entertain, but usually keep it to one or two couples coming over. After Adeline’s party, I want to have lots more people over.
Okay, stepping off my soapbox.
SO! Like I said the first birthday theme was pom poms, pennants and pinwheels. Below are the invitations I had made. I had a Groupon for Mixbook to get them printed, but I didn’t care for the designs they offered. Rather than creating something on my own (which I could have done, but it would have been time consuming) I went to Etsy. There I found the Lemonade Design Studio and had the pleasure of working with Monica. I highly, highly recommend her services. The design was only $14 and Monica worked with me on colors and every little element. I couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out.
We took the photos of Adeline on our front lawn. I bought the ruffle romper when she was just a few months old from Zulily (they offer them regularly). The background is a lace tablecloth I bought at the flea market for $3. My favorite part is that she is wearing pearls from her great-grandmother. SO special!
For her first birthday party, Adeline wore a birthday girl shirt from Carters and a rainbow sorbet tutu from LouLou Tutu (which I got a great deal on thanks to the now defunct Heartsy). She thought she was pretty fancy.
The central focus of the party decor was a small table that had photos from Adeline’s first year displayed in an old window, which I found at the Nashville Flea Market. The table was covered in a scrap of fabric that I had.
I was inspired to make the window display these after seeing this and this on Pinterest. The photos were 3″ squares and eight hung from each row.I hot glued the rope to the window and bought the tiny close pins at Michaels.
I also sewed tiny pennants to hang up throughout the party room and one hung on the window. These are so easy to make – just cut triangles and sew together using bias tape. (Check out this tutorial.)
I had note cards on the table for people to write little notes to Adeline.
Pom Poms hung from the ceiling, adding a splash of girly pink to the room. I bought a Martha Stewart pom pom kit at Michaels because they were on sale + I could use a coupon, but I easily could have made them using this tutorial from Jen at Beauty and Bedlam.
Two flower arrangements on the tables included small handmade 4″ pinwheels tucked in them. I made the small and large 12″ pinwheels using this tutorial from Lisa Leonard.
Pinwheels also lined the stairs leading up to our condo. (We also used these in Adeline’s first birthday photoshoot so they got double duty.) They are so easy to make and didn’t cost much since I had tons of scrapbook paper. I used double-sided patterned paper in pinks, greens and yellows. I bought dowels at Home Depot.
I covered our kitchen table in the lace tablecloth that we used in the photoshoot of Adeline. The brunch menu was created thanks to Pinterest and included the following:
- Buttermilk blueberry breakfast cake
- Sausage and egg sourdough casserole
- Fresh fruit
- Doughnuts (for the kids)
- Strawberry cupcakes
I made Adeline’s cake and covered it in buttercream flowers. The Happy Birthday cake toppers were a gift from my friend Lisa Leonard. They are new to her shop and I love, love, love them! I think we will use them for many birthdays to come.
Adeline was so fascinated by the candle flame. We had to hold her hands down and blow it out quickly.
All in all it was a wonderful first birthday party! YEOW!