Now that our big Disneyland vacation is over, I am already starting to think about Birthday Parties!! O’s b-day is in August and V’s is in September – so I have to start early to be ready for them! Since my mind is in birthday party mode, I wanted to look back at the kids’ parties I have throw so far! First up – Olive’s 1st Birthday! Warning these pictures are BAD! This was pre-blog, pre-good camera, so please bear with me!
As a baby she was fascinated with flowers – she loved looking at flowers, reading about flowers, everything flowers! So I went with that for her 1st birthday theme! I made the invitations (pic above) with a fun flower border punch from Martha Stewart Crafts and added a paper flower attached with a sparkly brad at the top. Back then I did a lot more traditional scrapbooking then I do now. I think it turned out pretty cute!
We had the party with friends and family at our house – utilizing our basement (pre-studio) and back yard. Mr. Ro had just done a ton of work on the downstairs patio and we wanted to show it off, since it was August and we typically have good weather, we could!
For O’s outfit – I bought the tshirt and pants, but made a tutu for her to wear. My Mom crocheted little tiny flowers that I sewed to the tutu – it was big on her but still adorable (it actually still kind of fits now!).
This shot is blurry but she is so cute and happy!
Here is a better picture of the tutu from the back! I made the headband from a piece of elastic and a fake flower and a trusty glue gun of course.
For the decorations, I found a cute flower print fabric (Fabric tends to be my inspiration starting point for parties and room design) that I used to make table runners.
I also found a Martha Steward tutorial on how to make paper flowers from paper bags! So I found some pink, green and yellow paper bags online and made a bunch! I glued a few to popsicle sticks and put them in floral ceramic pots I found at Michael’s for table décor.
The rest of them, I attached a ribbon and hung them from the deck outside and from the ceiling inside. O still has 3 of these hanging in her room now!
I also strung lights outside and ordered the sheer curtains to hang from the deck posts to cover up the not so prettiness behind the patio.
I made goody bags for each of the kiddos – varying the contents based on their age. 5 years later I actually can’t even remember what was in them!
It was a fun and memorable party – at least for me and my family. O can’t remember it I am sure, but she did love her cake (and continues to be a fan of anything cake related)! Check back for O’s 2nd Birthday party coming soon – on my birthday party look back as I plan her (I can’t believe it) 5th Birthday party!