I was so excited to plan Isabel’s first birthday party! I knew immediately that I wanted the theme to be ladybugs… but red and black seemed too regular, I thought of one of my favorite color combos, pink and green. So with that decided I began scouting the stores. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Jo-ann’s, Dollar Stores, Target no store was left unturned in my crazy mission to find just the right components for her special day.
With numerous coupons in hand, a massive to-do list in my planner and my trusty Cricut by my side I knew I was all set so here is what I did and how I did it. Unfortunately, I don’t have too many pictures of the steps I did but I do have a few and tons of great final outcome photos to show you
Then I moved onto the labels of the beverage containers. I created the 1 with Isabel over it in Microsoft word actually. I was surprised at how easy it was – sometimes things like that can take longer than they need. I then printed them out and used my EK Success paper shaper to cut them into circles. A small piece of double sided tape and they were mounted onto the scalloped pink paper. They were hole punched and tied with ribbon for the milk glasses aka Starbuck’s frappacino glasses (thanks to Amy who saved hers for me) For the juice boxes and bottled water I used a green band of paper to cover the labels and then again double sided tape to put it all together.
When guests first entered the door they saw this great wreath (pictured below). You may have seen these wreaths before since they are ALL over Pinterest these days. I took a 6 foot pipe insulator I got for $0.99 at Home Depot. Then I shaped it into a circle to make the size circle I wanted, duct taped the ends together and began wrapping the yarn around it. The wooden “I” was found unfinished at Michaels and I just spray painted that real quick and hot glued it on. For the flowers I traced a cereal bowl on various colors of felt, cut out the circle and then cut the circle into a spiral. I then rolled that spiral into a flower and hot glued the ends and then hot glued them onto the wreath.
For her year in photos banner again used the same scrapbook paper, the same Corner Chomper and used left over cricut ladybug cut outs and a mini clothespins (found at Michaels) to label the month that they were from.
The tablecloths were made by hand using green and pink polka dot fabric found at Jo-ann’s and the pink gingham was found at Hobby Lobby. The moss balls that you see, white candle holders, glass cylinders, platters, cupcake tower were all part of my party stash. I did purchase the beverage dispensers for about $25 each from Garden Ridge Pottery.
Some creative ways I chose to display the food was hollowing out the watermelon to use as a bowl. Using ice cream cones to hold the fruit salad. I used cupcake liners to hold popcorn. Baby food jars placed over a tray with ice held the yogurt and the plain cake balls were put in mini flower cupcake wrappers found at Jo-Ann’s and placed on the cupcake stand.
I think that covers just about everything – I wish I had some more close-ups of the detailed aspects I talked about above but you live you learn… next time! Thanks to everyone who helped make Isabel’s first birthday truly memorable!
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