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Bella's 1st Birthday Party (38 photos)


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Since we didn't find out the sex of the baby while I was pregnant, I had a gender neutral baby shower, and I didn't get to decorate and go all out pink the way I wanted to, so I knew her first birthday would have to be pink and amazing! At first I had decided on owls, but I was having a hard time finding owl decorations that I liked, so I decided on going with little birdies. I did some research on color palettes, and I decided that the colors would be 3-4 shades of pink ranging from light to dark, light green, ivory/cream, and white. Once I had the theme and colors picked out, the decoration making madness began! I handamde every single decoartion. I painted all of the birds and woodhouses, I spray painted all of the lids for the baby food jars, I glued 3 different pieces of ribbon to each baby food jar, I made the banner with my Cricut, and I typed out all of the signs, and labels, and I made all of the paper rosettes, as well as pre-assembling the scrapbook for the scrapbook station for guests to write in. I started making the decorations when she was 8 months old, and I finished the last of the decorations 2 days before her party!

Now on to the good stuff...the dessert table! I baked each and every item on the dessert table. A list of all the goods on the dessert table are as follows:

white chocoalte dipped marshmallows

vanilla cupcakes

chocolate cake pops

sugar cookies

butterscotch bird's nests

strawberry cake

brownie bites

key lime flavored chocolate dipped oreo pops

white choclate dipped pretzel sticks

Bringing the dessert table together was the hardest part, but it all worked out prefectly. All of the serving trays were silver serving trays, or oven burners from the dollar store that I spray painted to match the theme. I glued candlesticks to the bottoms of the trays to add height. I used a dollar store tablecloth, and I also used dollar store tablecloths for the backdrop.

I bought A LOT of the things from the dollar store such as tablecloths, napkins, utensils, servingware, cups, streamers, large construction paper for the dessert table centerpiece, and more!

I bought all of the frames for $1.50 from Daiso. I upcycled some jam and spaghetti jars to use as utensil holders, marker holders, and vases. I just added some ribbon, and a tag to them.

For the party favors, I bought a 4 pack of notebooks for $1 from the dollar store, and I glued different pieces of construction paper to the front to match the personality of the child that it was for. I used a hot glue gun, and I glued elastic to the back and stuck 4 crayons in it, so it would serve as a notebook/coloring pad. I put a big sticker on the front and wrapped each notebook in cellophane and tied a gift tag go it that had the child's name on it.

The baby food jars filled with candy on the table served as party favors for the adults to take home. 

We served sandwiches, relish trays, fruit, chips, cheese and crackers along with lemonade, soda, apple juice, beer or wine. 

Along with the help of all of my family members, and a totally awesome photographer, the party came together beautifully!

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