I cannot believe my little girl is already ONE! Everyone said time would fly and I would blink my eyes and it would happen, but I honestly didn’t think it would happen this quick…
I cannot even express how much joy this little one has brought to our home this year. She is a happy, easy going little girl with just a fun personality and we just love her to pieces.
Of course I had been looking forward to planning and decorating for her first birthday! I kept it fairly simple, yet fun with a touch of vintage chic. I am not a huge “theme”person and figure there will be plenty of birthdays down the road where she wants Minnie Mouse or something like that so I just stuck with some fun girly colors and some simple rustic/elegant decor that I mostly pulled from around the house or created myself.
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I put together this banner using a pendant and letter I got on clearance at Target a few years back. I just tape the letters onto the little pendants so it can be used again and again for multiple occasions. And her vintage wood highchair that I made over (see before/after details here) got adorned with a DIY fabric scrap banner and a wood pendant that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. This was a super simple DIY that even my 7 and 8 year old nieces were able to help me do – I’ll be glad to share a tutorial if you want one. I think we’ll be making a few others in a different color scheme for their room/playroom.
I didn’t have enough tables for food, dessert, and a favor/snack table so I borrowed this pretty little white dresser from our little girls nursery for the dessert table. It was perfect! A strawberry cream cheese rosette smash cake was for her, while everyone else had strawberry cupcakes or a piece of the giant chocolate cupcake filled with oreo filling. I made all the cakes/cupcakes – seriously those rosette cakes are so simple yet look so fancy! And the giant cupcake is created with a silicone pan set I have.
Each month I have taken her picture on a special handmade blanket with her wearing a white onesie and one of those monthly number stickers. As we got closer to 12 months getting her to lay still for that picture got harder and harder! But I am so glad to have these. So I printed them all out and just strung them with some fun mini clothespins in a large frame from my stash that I spray painted light pink. I’ll show you what I did with them after the party in her nursery reveal next week.
Here’s her cute little smash cake! (Candle found here because I couldn’t find a pink one local anywhere!)
And the giant chocolate cupcake filled with oreo filling.
I didn’t get a great picture of the food table but we smoked some pork on the grill the day before so had BBQ pulled pork, green beans, macaroni and cheese, bread, coleslaw, and baked beans. I tried to pick some of our little girls favorite – macaroni and cheese is definitely a favorite along with green beans, bread, and baked beans. And sweet tea, water, and pink lemonade to drink.
I wanted to do some kind of favors and I love the idea of combining some kind of snacks you can take home as a favor. So since our little girl is all into snacks and finger foods right now I did a snack mix/trail mix bar. With some of her favorites like Cheerios and Goldfish, and then other things that sort of fit the color theme and went with a trail mix. Pink Goldfish (yes they sell Princess Goldfish in the stores so that was perfect for her party), white chocolate chips, M & M’s (I should have stocked up on the spring colored M&M’s but I didn’t think about it), pretzels, golden raisins, dried cranberries, peanuts, and dried banana chips. Everyone fixed their own bag of whatever they wanted to include in their trail mix to take home.
Above that I hung another fabric scrap banner and 2 pictures I printed out – one of her at 1 week and another of her at 1 year.
Of course the day of her party she was way too excited to sleep so refused to take a nap all morning… She was so sleepy but still in a good mood thankfully! She wasn’t too sure what to think of everyone singing Happy Birthday to her.
You may remember that she was born on my husband’s birthday so her and daddy share a birthday! He was helping her blow out her candle. Love these two so much!
She was a bit slow in trying out this big thing that mommy and daddy put on her tray but it didn’t take long with some encouragement from her cousins and a few tastes until she was digging in and having fun!
Handfuls of icing and cake were enjoyed and gotten all over and even into her hair so it was bath time before presents were opened.
She loved opening presents and getting several new toys.
She got her first baby doll which she loves!
And a Little People barn, tractors, stacking cups, pool toys, and several other things. This little loves to just sit in the floor and play – putting objects in and out of things, stacking things, and she loves to push cars/trucks all over the room – she definitely gets her love of cars from her daddy and her 5 year old boy cousin She has been standing/walking along things for several months and took her first few steps the day after her birthday. Growing up too fast!
So there’s a peek into our lives and our little girl’s 1st birthday party. We probably won’t do big parties every year but turning one is pretty special so this one was definitely one mommy had looked forward to decorating for and one we really wanted to make special and enjoy.
Thank you for sharing in our life!