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Birthday Girl

This gorgeous “Pretty in Pink” first birthday party hosted and styled by Jamielyn of  I {heart} Nap Time certainly “takes the cake” when it comes to all things pink and feminine! Inspired by her adorable daughter’s love of pink, pearls, bows and all things girly, Jamielyn created a magical celebration all girly-girls out there dream of… Everything from the beautiful, pink confections to the pretty pink party decor will leave you feeling like a little princess.

Get ready to be wowed by the pink ruffled dessert table backdrop, not to mention all the fabulous upcycled party elements! Who knew a rusty old chandelier could be transformed into a ridiculously cute pink cake and cupcake centerpiece fit for a princess?!

Birthday Girl, Beverages and Dessert Table

Birthday Cookies

READ ON for lots more sparkling-sweet images and details, including the DIY projects Jamielyn has graciously shared with us…

Invitation and Cupcake

Pretty Pink Cake

Candy and Cake Pops

Dessert Table

Water Bottles and Photo Decor

Birthday Cake

Candy Buffet


Birthday Girl and Dessert Table

PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jamielyn


I knew I wanted to go over the top with my daughter’s first Birthday party. This was my first party that I’ve styled and I had so much fun creating the party decor.  The theme I went with was ‘Pretty in Pink’.  My daughter Emmalyn is just about as girly as they come and she LOVES pink. She enjoys trying on my pearls and her bows, so I wanted to tie that into the theme as well. I love to create decor on a budget so I found a lot of the decor pieces from Goodwill and upcycled them with pink spray paint.

My favorite upcycle was an old rusty chandelier I found for $5. I turned it into a beautiful pink cake stand trimmed with pearls. It completed the whole dessert table! You can find the tutorial here. I also turned an old nightstand I found for $2 into a ‘Pretty in Pink’ candy station. I converted some dollar store glass vases by pouring pink paint inside and swirling it around. Then I filled them with fresh pink flowers to add to the dessert table. You can find both of those tutorials here. I also spray painted a bunch of cute funky frames with pink spray paint to display Emmalyn’s photos from her first Birthday shoot.

For the party we served pink lemonade, club wraps, chicken croissant sandwiches, chips, veggies, fruit and strawberry dip. I poured the pink lemonade  in mason jars topped with citrus flower lids and pink striped straws. I wrapped each jar with ribbon, lace and twine securing it with glue dots.

The dessert bar was the best part! For the backdrop I hung up ruffle fabric with mounting tape and hung pommettes in the center. I draped the tables with pink fabric and hung the ribbon banner across the front. We had vanilla cake with strawberry filling, red velvet cake pops, royal icing cookies and strawberry cupcakes. I created polka dot favor bags with ribbon and a thank you tag that they could fill with candy. At the candy station we had pink gumballs, sixlets, rock candy, gummy bears, suckers and bubble gum sticks.

For the party we rented a princess bounce house and the kids had a ball jumping while the parents chatted and ate lots of cookies! The kids also had fun tossing balloons and blowing bubbles. Of course the best entertainment of all was watching our sweet girl dig into her first Birthday cake. We all snapped pictures with the Birthday queen and she just kept eating away. We love our sweet Emmalyn and I loved all the details that went into planning her first Birthday. It will definitely be a party to remember.

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