Hi everyone I'm Christina, Tina for short. I write a little blog called Twitterpated. It's my creative outlet for all the fun things that make me happy: parties, crafts, designing, decorating, cooking, etc.... So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when Jennifer asked me to be a regular guest blogger here at Create My Event. I will be sharing fun ideas with you every Tuesday, and I hope to never disappoint!
I thought I would start out with a party blog that was very dear to my heart. My daughter's first birthday party. I realize that the 1st b-day is usually attended by more adults than children. At least that was the case with us. Catie was the first grandchild, and one of the first babies amongst our friends. So basically it was more for my husband and I than our daughter. She's never going to remember any of it anyway! So, this is why I chose a fun, colorful and easy garden theme with daisies and bugs. It turned out perfectly, and everyone had a great time. **Plus, it leaves some of the more fun party ideas available for when she is older and can enjoy them!
Let's start off with the invitations. I made these cute flower invites myself using plain old Microsoft Word. They were very easy, and it got the ball rolling for the garden theme. I hired our friends over at Nine Photography to come hang out and take pictures during the party. If you have this as an option I definitely recommend it. I didn't have to worry about running around snapping photos all day, I just got to enjoy hosting with my little Bug..
I found this birthday t-shirt at Kohl's, very cheap and it came with a matching bib. I made the pettiskirt for her myself. (Not something I plan to do again anytime soon) At least not until I get a ruffle attachment for my sewing machine. These skirts are very time consuming!!!! It turned out great though.Let's begin with the dessert table. I found brightly colored check fabric at WalMart for $1.50 a yard!! I bought orange, pink, purple and green. These made excellent table cloths. I also used some to cover the back of Catie's high chair and draped the extras across the buffet(kitchen island). I made the cupcakes myself. They were super easy. Just a regular box cupcake mix and store bought icing tinted green.. I piped the icing in a swirl using a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off. Then, just sprinkled little jimmies on top. To add an extra little something special I bought already tinted fondant at the craft store, rolled it out with a rolling pin, and using flower cookie cutters, cut out the shapes for the tops of the cupcakes. SOOO easy! I did the same thing for Catie's personal sized cake. I found small flower vases and brightly colored fake daisy flowers to put on the tables. Behind the dessert table I had Catie's high chair set up with balloons tied to it. I hung the birthday banner behind her chair. This was an easy banner to make. I just printed out the letters and then pasted them to some purple felt. I took pieces of hot pink tulle and tied them all together. Above the dessert table and buffet I hung several different sized paper lanterns along with glittery butterflies and dragonflies. All found at the craft store for a few dollars each.On the other end of the table I set up a little candy bar for guests to snack on, or take along for the ride home. The sign was printed off the computer and put in an extra frame I had around. I filled inexpensive vases from WalMart with different candies bought on sale after valentines Day.(how lucky for me her party was right after the holiday) I stuck cute pinwheels in the candy and used these adorable little lady bugs all over the party. They popped up in all sorts of places. :-) I took white paper bags, and using a regular address label and Microsoft Word again, printed out a little thank you message for the guests. On the dinner buffet I had a menu printed out and framed also. I wrapped the silverware up in pretty pink napkins and tied them off with colored ribbon. Using those same checked fabrics, I covered the buffet and set out the food. BBQ for the adults and fun flower shaped PBJ's and chicken nuggets for the few kids that were there. I had two beverage dispensers I borrowed from a friend. One had pink lemonade in it, and the other had an adult cocktail. I made labels for these also and tied them around the tops of the dispensers with more ribbon..
This was a fun and amazing party to plan for my sweet little Catie-bug's 1st big bash! I hope my ideas help with planning your next party!