Howdy friends! Now that the confetti has settled, we are finally getting back into the swing of things. The party was an absolute success. For those of you who don’t know, we just celebrated our daughter’s first birthday. I have been slowly prepping for a few months now, shopping around at thrift stores and garage sales, thumbing through Pinterest, glittering, gluing, and spray painting. Needless to say I enjoyed the distraction. You know… from important things like laundry, vacuuming, and other house duties (gag). It was all worth it to gather good friends and family and watch my little one dig into her first cake. I thought in celebration I could give you a little peek inside the party and give you a few tips along the way!
I can’t take all the credit for the planning of this party. A friend of mine has a daughter who’s birthday is the same week as Annabelle’s, so we decided to plan a joint party. After much deliberation we chose to go with a vintage theme using lace, teals, silver, and pink. We wanted the party to be dainty, simple, and girly of course! Our goal was to make the party the perfect setup for pictures, especially since she won’t ever remember it!
Tip: When choosing your party theme, you might consider something based on items you have already. Or find a piece that inspires you and work around that!
I spend a lot of time at thrift stores. Like, at least once a week. Most of the time I’m just browsing for good deals and interesting pieces, but the party allowed me to actually focus! I looked for lace, cake stands, candle holders, and any pretty knick knacks that could be repainted or revamped. I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about where everything would go or how I would use it. I knew that I would be inspired along the way (or the day before the party). The most I spent on one item was $10! Most of my items were under $4. Even though I spent months finding decorations, I saved a lot of money and I was able to enjoy myself in the process. My last stop for necessities was Hobby Lobby and Walmart for plates, streamers, cups, and balloons.
One of my favorite pieces we created with inspiration for the party, but also keep as a forever piece in our home was the beverage stand. It was a lot of fun to make. It all started on a weekly trip to Goodwill when I came across a nice wood changing table for $5. I couldn’t think of a use for it right then, but I just couldn’t pass up that good of a deal! I took it home and searched “Repurposed Changing Table” on Pinterest and came across the beverage stand. I spray painted it white and had a friend with that has a saw mill cut wood slats to line the shelves with. I tried a new technique that a friend recommended in order to make the new wood look aged. I used a steel wool and vinegar mixture. I soaked fine grade steel wool in white vinegar for 2 days and then brushed the liquid over the lightly sanded wood pieces. Slowly (a day later), but surely the color started changing giving it the perfect aged look! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, thanks to friends and the hubby we were able to finish it before the party!
Tip: When decorating, try to focus on one room or area. If you spread everything out it might look like you only have a few decorations here and there. If you put all in one room, it will look like you spent a lot more time and effort in your planning (even if you really only spent a week).
Food was one thing I wanted to keep simple for the party. We scheduled it for after lunch time, so we provided light snacks and lots of sweets of course. We made ham and cheese sliders, cucumber squares, and fruit and veggie trays. For drinks I went with pink lemonade (because it’s girly) and sweet tea.
Tip: Choose things that you can prep the night before or that will take less than 15 minutes to prep and cook the day of. There’s no shame in opening a bag and throwing it in a bowl. It’s not a rehearsal dinner 🙂
All in all, I just wanted everyone (myself included) to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Planning a party for a one year old can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. You can plan every little detail, but we all know things can change. Just keep in mind who the party is for. It shouldn’t be about the joy you get from successfully pulling off 3 month planned party. It should be about the joy in your baby’s eyes and the loved ones you are surrounded by. The rest is just a bonus. Thanks again for reading. See you next week!