First of all, I cannot wrap my head around the fact that I have begun to plan my baby's FIRST birthday party. Granted, we are a few weeks away from that time in her life, but I am still in utter shock that it is approaching so quickly! I'm so excited to celebrate our daughter's first wonderful year of life, but I swear I just had her like yesterday...
Opposition to her growing up so fast aside, I have started to plan what I want this special day to look like. Have you ever just walked into a party store and really looked at all they have to offer? It can be so exciting yet so overwhelming. I decided on a color scheme before stepping foot in any store with this party in mind because I know what I want this day to look like and can't be distracted by all the colorful and cute themes on overload! To combat all this, I've planned ahead, trolled Pinterest, and decided on a light pink, black, and gold color scheme for this occasion. I like these colors because they are classy enough for adults but also perfect for a little girl. I've also been able to discover so many great (and cheap) finds by keeping it simple and classy.
After deciding the colors, I started picturing what I wanted our guests to see upon walking in the house. I don't want to go crazy decorating because it is only going to be a few hours and money spent on food and drinks is probably money better spent, but I do want the atmosphere to feel special since it's for such a special day! I know I want to include items and projects that chronicle her first amazing year and a few vases of fresh flowers scattered around to give the place a sweet feel.
I am an aspiring DIYer, so parties are always a way for me to practice making my own decorations and food. The first projects I completed were these DIY 2-tier cupcake platters; they were so easy to make and turned out so great. They are going to serve my purpose perfectly and only cost me a whopping $4 a piece thanks to all materials coming from Dollar Tree (except the super glue).
Materials needed (for 1 platter):
The other DIY I have tried out is a banner with Morgan's first year in pictures hanging from the fireplace. The clips that will hold the pictures were on sale at Michael's; 1 package contained 2 for $2, and I had to purchase 6, so I spent $12 on those. The flags for the banner came from a few different places: the sparkly gold and white/black ones were from a Valentine's banner I bought for $3 in that little inexpensive section at the front of Target (I used the Valentine's flags in my classroom at school and kept the rest for the party banner). The remaining flags are from 2 different packs also purchased at Target from the party decor section. These cost $5 a bag and came with enough string to tie all the flags together. My parents have a very nice printer that prints photos, so that won't cost me a thing! So all in all, this banner cost me $25. I probably could have paid the same for one on Etsy, but to me it is so much more fun to DIY!
The main purpose of this post was to show the "before" of this monumental day. I've compiled a list on Evernote (probably the best tool out there for list-crazy people like me!) in order to keep all my party thoughts in one place. It helps keep me focused and not feel like I'm in party-planning paranoia! I revise it daily, so like this party, it is still a work in progress. But I am having so much fun preparing for our girl's big day. I can't wait to share the final product once that special day has arrived!