Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

I can't believe my sweet baby girl is a year old.  I know it's cliche, but it really was over in the blink of an eye.  We are so incredibly blessed to have Mamie in our lives.  She is wild, silly, loving, brave, wonderful, and so so loved.

Brand New

Eating Birthday Pancakes

Of course, a girl this sweet needed to have a super sweet birthday party!  Honestly, I just love an excuse to entertain.  And is there any better excuse than a first birthday party??  My first thought was a sprinkles/cupcake party.  I love this sprinkle party.  But that was going to be a lot of work (and a lot of sprinkles), and I needed this party to come together a little bit easier.  Maybe next year.  Then I liked this idea of a pancakes and pajamas party.  Really liked it.  But I think that will be a better theme when Mamie starts making some little friends.  
I started to think of color combinations instead.  I have a stash of party supplies, so I started to dig through those to come up with an idea.  I was heavy on yellow supplies, so a sunshine theme made sense.  I love yellow and pink together, so I did an etsy search for yellow and pink invitations.  I found an invitation I loved from Sunnyside Print & Party Shop, and the party planning got underway.

Mamie's Invitation

Side note, please ignore the blue tint to the pictures.  I started to edit the pictures, but it was going to take me an eternity.  Okay, are you ready for picture overload?

I kept the decorations pretty simple.  I saw this party and really liked the look of the wreath.  I made it following this tutorial.  The wreath was the perfect amount of "sunshine" on what was a dreary and gray rainy day.  The tissue poms came from Hobby Lobby.  That was about it for regular decorations.  
When our guests walked in they were greeted with a VERY sweet table of sweets.  

Hello Sunshine Vinyl Decal from Kreative Corner Designs

The plastic cups are from Party City.  The miniature wooden spoons and the mini cupcake liners are from DK DeleKtables.  I purchased the twine last year and the gems on the spoons came from the craft section at Wal-Mart. 

The recipe made 40 cookies.  I filled half the cookie sandwiches with lemon frosting and the other half with strawberry frosting.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Mamie's Cupcake

The monogram came from Pinky Dot Gifts.  The cloche was a gift from Hobby Lobby.  The cake stand is Martha Stewart from Macy's.  I used double stick tape to attach the pom pom trim.  The table scatter is just chevron scrapbook paper that I picked up at Hobby Lobby and punched with a scrapbook paper punch.

I could not find the Pink Lemonade frosting mix in ANYWHERE!  I just purchased pink lemonade frosting instead.

I made all the sweets.  Our party was small, so I had our guests bring containers with them and sent as many of the sweets out the door as I could.  Jackson's lucky teachers got cupcakes this morning.  We really spread the sweetness around ;)

Mamie's no frills Ikea high chair became a lot more "frilly" with the addition of her monogram.  I love this high chair-so much easier to clean than Jackson's fancy high chair was and it is crazy inexpensive!

I kept the drinks simple as well.  We offered lemonade and bottled water.  The adorable straws are from DK DeleKtables and the vinyl M monogram came from Kreative Corner Designs.  I got the idea for the doilies on the mason jars here.

The party was later in the afternoon-too late for lunch, too early for dinner-so we had heavy snacks instead of an actual meal.  I ordered a popcorn chicken tray from Publix.  We also served pasta salad, a regular salad, cut up fruit with a yogurt dip, cut up veggies and bagel chips with hummus, a spicy ranch dip with cucumbers, assorted cheeses and crackers.  
I actually remembered to take pictures of our guests!  {Sorry we missed getting your picture Danielle!}  This really is a first for me ;)  

AND we took a family photo!  I mean seriously, y'all should really be impressed!

And last but not least, I created these favors for the party.

The flowers on the bags came from BitsNBaublesCouture.  Inside the bag there was lemonade mix, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, pink lemonade snacks, a strawberry lemonade cookie, and a thank you note.  On the thank you note, we encouraged our guests to perform a Random Act of Kindness in honor of Mamie's birthday.  I created an email address for Mamie and asked that our guests email the details of their RAOK.
I had so much fun planning this party for my sweet girl.  It was the perfect ending to her first year.


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