Sunday, February 1, 2015

You Are My Sunshine

After my last post, my friend, Trina, asked me to help throw her daughter, Aspen, first birthday party. I was so flattered and super excited.  My first real party!!  I immediately asked her what the theme was going to be.  I loved her response, "I was thinking 'You Are My Sunshine' because that's the song her grandma and grandpa always sing to her...and her brother too."  I love when themes have meaning behind it!  I instantly emailed my friend at Mimi's Dollhouse about her "You Are My Sunshine" theme and went to work!  This party comes in four different color combos.  Trina wanted the yellow, pink and grey.  I was so excited she picked that combination!

We were texting back and forth and decided to finally meet in person.  Since we only had a week, I was super busy trying to get everything I needed and wanted together.  I went back into my "party closest" and got everything pink and yellow.  I went to Hobby Lobby, by myself and with Trina.  I was in super party-planning mode.  I kept telling her that I have never done this for someone else because I was a little scatter-brained.  I was all over the place.  But I think I learned a lot over this past week on party planning!

The day of the party, I picked up the smash cake at Target and headed over to the Robert's house.  Luckily, the day before I was over setting up the majority of the party.  Day of, was just last minute setting up.  I was very pleased with how everything turned out.

The first thing guests saw when they came to the party was the sign in table and where to place the gifts.  I believe there should be something grand to welcome everyone into the party, if the space allows it.  I found the most adorable photo album at Home Goods and just knew I had to incorporate it somehow.  Everyone that came, signed in and throughout the party, I took pictures that will be inserted to the album.  The necklaces were a fun little touch for each child to have as well.  Windmills and "Sweeter Than Sugar" sign are from Hobby Lobby.  Flowers and pink vase are from IKEA.

Once we found out 35 children were RSVP'd YES to come, we threw out the goodie bag idea and attached these cute little Thank You tags to bubbles.  I think these were my favorite part of the party.  Just a cute little touch to send everyone off with.  LOVE IT!

With 70 people who RSVP'd, we decided to keep it simple with water bottles and finger foods.  The bar cart full of water bottles turned out adorable!!  The snacks were sweet and salty.

One of the peak moments at a one-year-old party is the smash cake.  I ordered this one from Target bakery, which only needs 24 hour notice, and they used the same colors with a sun!  I loved how it turned out.  I highly recommend using a grocer bakery.  You'll get the best bang for your buck.  You don't need anything fancy, since the child hardly knows what is going on anyway.  All these banners are also a part of the "You Are My Sunshine" party package!

Another decoration that is always cute at birthday parties, are pictures of the birthday child.  We framed a bunch of pictures of Aspen throughout her one year of life and placed them along the bar.  Just mix and match the frames and it will turn out great!  

When it was time for the smash cake, little Aspen didn't really know what to do.  Lots of help from her daddy and I think she finally enjoyed a little piece of her cake :)

Thanks to Jordan and Trina for letting me be a part of this fun occasion.  I had a blast and sorry if I was a little unorganized at was my first party for someone else!!  Aspen is just the cutest little girl and I hope she has a great next year being ONE! 

This party package starts at $29.99 and includes:
1. 2" Cupcake Toppers (12 designs)
2. 4" Cake Toppers/Decorators (12 designs matching Cupcake Toppers)
3. Thank you Cards (1 design)
4. Favor Tags (1 design)
5. Blank Tent Labels (4 designs)
6. Centerpieces (2 designs)
7. Happy Birthday Banner with name (1 design-5x7 pennants)
8. Cupcake Wrappers (4 designs)
9. Personalized Invitation (5x7 size)
10. Straw Flags (12 designs)
11. Water Bottle Wraps (4 designs)
12. 3/4" Candy Stickers (12 designs)
13. Blank Sign (1 design)
14. Mini Name Banner (1 design)
15. Welcome Sign (1 design)
16. 8.5x11 Patterned Paper (3 designs)

Personalized invites can be purchased for $12.99 here.

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