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.
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.
A few more details…
Flower cupcakes on my favorite tiered galvanized stands.
I loved the lunch bags with the ribbons. We used a Martha Stewart punch to create the eyelet trim.
Bubble wands, sidewalk chalk, bright gingham pinwheels, and tissue puffs from the porch ceiling.
Finally, instead of favors, we set up a flower planting station, and each child planted his or her own flower to take home.
I could share a hundred more pictures with you. This party was such a joy to plan! Happy First Birthday, Olivia!