FIRST TRUTH: I’m really sad Pinterest wasn’t around when I was getting married.
SECOND TRUTH: I’m really glad it’s around now that I’ve just finished planning my one-year-old’s birthday party.
When I first started planning right after the New Year, I only had colors and some random ideas in my head. With the help of Pinterest, I was able to execute them exactly how I wanted and created a gorgeous party for Cecilia. I even made a separate Pinterest board during the planning process in order to keep all of my inspiration in one place. While the party didn’t go 100% how I planned (see the location info below), it was pretty darn close and I couldn’t be happier with how we celebrated our sweet gal.
Date/Time/Location: Cecilia’s birthday is January 28, but the party was held on the 31st. Our plan was to have the party at a park we frequent near our house, but OF COURSE, that Sunday was the ONE DAY since the first week of the month that it rained (and the only day it’s rained since). I was obsessively checking the weather starting 15 days beforehand and the probability of rain kept going up and down. By the time it was a few days before the party and the forecast called for 75% chance of rain, I knew we needed to come up with a plan B. At first, I was angry that the party would have to be at our house. We had almost 40 RSVPs and live in a small condo so I was also afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep kids entertained for a long in my house and everyone would just be breathing on top of each other. We ended up turning the party into more of an open house with folks coming and going as the afternoon went on and it worked out well. In the end, I loved that I didn’t have to haul all the decorations and party supplies to the park and bring it all back. It was also great being able to decorate and prep the night before so I could relax a bit more the morning of.
Theme/Decorations: To me, the invite sets the tone of whatever party you’re having, so I wanted the electronic invite I sent out to be special. I LOVE using Punchbowl for invites because they are unique, can be incredibly personalized and are a treat to receive since it comes in an “envelope” for the recipient to open. Once we decided we weren’t going to have the party at the park, I was determined to decorate the crap out of our house (yes, that’s a technical term). Seriously, it looked like the color pink and gold sparkles threw up all over the place and I LOVED it. One of the first craft projects I undertook was to make gold glitter vases with Modge Podge and gold glitter. All I did was tape off part of the vase with painters tape, applied a layer of Modge Podge and then rolled that part around in some glitter. Once the glitter dried, I added another thin layer of Modge Podge to “seal it.” I purchased this garland (available in other colors) from my favorite neighborhood store, Pigment, to go over the table and my sister made tissue paper pom-poms and felt garland. I also made the ‘ONE’ banner that was around Cecilia’s high chair.
To add an extra personal touch to the party, I created a poster on Shutterfly that had a collage of pictures from Cecilia’s first year in the shape of a heart and had guests sign it. Soon it will be framed and displayed in her room!
Food and Drinks: I tried to make this part as easy as possible for me, so I didn’t have to do any cooking the day of the party. We ordered pizza from our favorite neighborhood pizza place, Sicilian Thing, and I made Trader Joe’s onion dip, this roasted red pepper dip and hummus. I made all the dips the night before as well as washed the veggies and all the fruit and set them on the platters I was going to use the next day. As for drinks, one plus about having the party at our place, and not at the park, was mimosas! We also had bottles of water and pink lemonade.
Cupcakes and Smash Cake: These were a HUGE hit. For Cecilia’s smash cake and some of the cupcakes, I made Martha Stewart’s strawberry cupcakes. I also made a batch of Martha Stewart’s one-bowl chocolate cupcakes for those not wanting something fruity. Both were topped with this tasty strawberry buttercream. I piped the swirl on top using a Wilton #1M tip and I added a cute heart decoration to some of them which I made from some gold glitter paper I bought from Michael’s and a toothpick. I topped Cecilia’s smash cake with a gold glitter “1” candle I bought on Etsy (exact one now unavailable).
Grown-Up Game: I wanted to provide some fun for the adults (besides the mimosas), so I came up with a guessing game for them. I put a bunch of puffs in a small mason jar and had adults guess how many they thought were in the jar. The winner won a bottle of Cecilia prosecco from Trader Joe’s. How fitting?!?!?
Kid Fun: Besides having all of Cecilia’s toys to play with, I bought all the fixings for a ball pit. This was a HUGE hit with the little ones and was soooooo easy. I purchased this inflatable pool and these balls and voila! Instant fun! As you can see in the picture above, she still loves playing in it! I also had bubbles as favors in a cute container with a sign that said “Thanks for POPPING by my party.”
Birthday Outfit: Cecilia wore an adorable pink and gold glitter “one” shirt from Etsy and a “1” crown my sister made her. She looked too cute!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CECILIA!
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