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Birthday Party Planning! A look back – O’s 1st Birthday Party!

May 16, 2014

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!

O 1st bday invite

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!

o 1st bday with daddy
My cutie husband and my baby girl! Can hardly believe this was almost 5 years ago!

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!).

o 1st bday outfit

This shot is blurry but she is so cute and happy!

0 1st bday tutu back

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.

o 1st bday food table

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.

o 1st bday outside table with flower in pot

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!

o 1st bday hanging flowers

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.

o 1st bday goody bags

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!

o 1st bday cake on baby

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!

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