It’s been several months since she turned one, but with the craziness of selling the house, packing and moving, I’m a little behind! I was so excited to plan her birthday and while it was a ton of work, I loved the way it turned out. The theme was “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with a color scheme of hot pink, light pink, gold and mint. It was the perfect girly party for our sweet little one. And before I forget, I have to give a HUGE thank you to Janet Howard of Janet Howard Studio for these pictures. She’s been our photographer for every life event since we got engaged and we’re sad to not have her in London!
I started working on her party a few months before her birthday and scoured the sale racks at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Target, TJMaxx, Party City, Homegoods, etc. and scored some great deals. It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do! I loved the end result of the fans in the window. It was a great backdrop for the dessert table which included homemade desserts as well as the centrepiece cake, a smash cake and a candy bar. But I completely forgot to set out the take home bags for the candy bar and didn’t realize it until after almost all the guests had left!
Overall, my favorite item was the handmade pallet to display her monthly photos! I got the pallet from my yard guy and after a good cleaning, I spray painted it mint. I found the letters at Hobby Lobby and was able to get a good deal using a coupon. I added star-printed ribbon and finished it off with pompoms made from tulle. Then I used miniature pink clothespins to attach her pictures. And viola – centerpiece!
Because we were planning to have so many kids, I wanted the food to be adult and kid friendly, but tie in with the “Twinkle Twinkle” theme. We had chicken salad croissants, star-shaped pb&j and pimento cheese sandwiches, star-shaped fruit “wands” and plenty of fun snacks. We also had champagne punch (an easy and delicious recipe), beer, pink lemonade and a tub full of fruit juices, waters, and sodas.
We also wanted to keep the kids entertained while the adults socialized, so we added a ball pit, bubbles, silly string, frisbees and hula hoops outside. It was a hit – even with Gigi!
Since I knew the guests would likely be in the entire downstairs area, I wanted to make sure there were party elements in each room. We also asked our guests to sign Dr. Suess’ “Happy Birthday to You” as a keepsake.
Time for CAKE! Everyone warned me that the Munchkin might cry when we all started singing “Happy Birthday”. Nope – not my child. She smiled, bobbed her head from side to side and clapped! And then she devoured some cake. Gotta love her.
I found M’s tutu and crown at Swoozie’s and it was a perfect compliment to the party colors. Then I bought a plain white onesie and some gold iron-on fabric and created her star onesie.
After at least 30 minutes of herding cats, we were able to get some great family shots.
Prior to the birthday party, Janet also did a family photo shoot at a restaurant called Canoe, the same place where Trevor and I had our engagement photos. It was such a great experience to go back with our daughter! They have an amazing bridge which turned out to be the perfect backdrop for the cake shoot! I absolutely adore these photos.
Let me know what you think! And if you have any questions about the items used at her birthday, just contact me!
Check out the feature on “Catch my Party” here!