You Are My Sunshine – Olivia’s 1st Birthday Party

I love planning parties, and there is nothing more special than a first birthday celebration. So, when my friend Ashley asked me to help plan her baby girl’s first birthday, I jumped at the chance.

After tossing around a few ideas that didn’t stick, I asked Ashley to tell me a little bit more…favorite toy, book, song, etc. When she said Olivia’s favorite song was “You Are My Sunshine,” I was instantly inspired and knew we’d settled on the perfect theme for a springtime birthday. We decided on a simple backyard party complete with face painting, flower planting, and a picnic lunch.

Liz at a Pinch of Spice created the invitations for us. This is not the first time I’ve worked with Liz; she designed Christmas cards for me a few years ago. She is so easy to work with! I really can’t say enough about how much I have enjoyed working with her. She understands that the little things matter, and she doesn’t mind revisions to get the details right.

You Are My Sunshine Invitation | the Maypop


On the menu:

Grandma’s chicken salad on croissants, PB&J sandwiches, fruit, cupcakes, and lemonade. So simple, and so perfect for a backyard picnic. Ashley even put quilts out on the backyard for guests to sit on. I wish I’d snagged a picture of those.

You Are My Sunshine Party Collage | the Maypop


A few more details…

Flower cupcakes on my favorite tiered galvanized stands.

Flower cupcakes | You are my sunshine party | the Maypop

I loved the lunch bags with the ribbons. We used a Martha Stewart punch to create the eyelet trim.

Paper Bags | You Are My Sunshine Party | the Maypop


Lots of fun chalkboard signs…Chalkboard Signs | You Are My Sunshine Party | the Maypop

Bubble wands, sidewalk chalk, bright gingham pinwheels, and tissue puffs from the porch ceiling.

You Are My Sunshine Party | the Maypop


Finally, instead of favors, we set up a flower planting station, and each child planted his or her own flower to take home.

Flower planting station | You Are My Sunshine Party | the Maypop


I could share a hundred more pictures with you. This party was such a joy to plan! Happy First Birthday, Olivia!


For more You Are My Sunshine Party ideas, check out my Pinterest Board.

And, if you missed them, I shared Harrison’s first birthday here and Whitt’s first birthday here.




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  1. It looks like a super cute party. I can’t wait for next year’s when you plan the kids’ parties!

  2. I can’t say enough about how much help Vicki was planning this party for my littlest love. As one of my closest friends, I already knew that she pays attention to every detail, and she went above and beyond this time! From the cupcake holders to the chalkboards – she helped me create a wonderful memory for our family. Thanks girl.

  3. Lisa Elliott says:

    Love the idea of the planting activity and sending them home with the kids. Looks awesome Victoria!