Nina has grown up into a spunky, smiley and busy little baby. I couldn't be more proud. We love her more than anything and look forward to watching her grow into a smart, beautiful and kind little toddler and little girl.
Since she brings such light to our day, I wanted her to have a birthday party that was bright and cheery. Also, I wanted to throw a party that was suitable for adults (we had about 25), but that felt like it was made for kids (we had about 6, but one was about 6 weeks old)! See below for details.
|I purchased the party invitations off of Etsy from lafabriqueabricole. The listing included the invitation, tags, bunting, tented food cards and little triangle flags. You'll notice I used the paper goods throughout.|
|I decided to use our backyard to set up the party. Luckily, the weather was sunny and 75.|
|I borrowed banquet tables, covered them with pink plastic tablecloths and purchased custom pink and yellow bouquets from our local farmer's market that morning.|
|To give a little color to our backyard, I made streamer chandeliers using yellow crepe paper and embroidery hoops.|
|I wanted Nina to have a special seat for her big day. I found this vintage high chair at a rummage sale earlier in the summer for $7.00. I bought a buttery yellow glossy spray paint at Home Depot and voila - good as new!|
|It was important to me that Nina's first birthday felt like a kids party, but was fun for adults too. I made this DIY Ring Toss game using a Dollar Store bin, some strawberry Crush soda and canning lids.|
|I also made a DIY Bean Bag Toss. My mom sewed up some bean bags using leftover fabric and I made the targets using Terra Cotta saucers from Home Depot. I purchased the saucers in varying sizes, painted them white and added pink point values.|
|We also played Pin the Bow on the Baby. My mother-in-law printed and laminated a cute photo of Nina and we aimed to place the hair bow on her head.|
|The younger guests received small favors. I simply taped together bubbles and sidewalk chalk. Easy but cute.|
|Bunting lined the buffet table.|
|I also made bunting using Nina's month-by-month photos.|
|A snapshot of the buffet table. I borrowed the chaffing dish and kept the rest of the decor simple.|
|In addition to cake, we had lemon tartlets and Limoncello for a celebratory toast.|
|We're all wearing yellow! :)|
|I purchased Nina's first birthday cake from our local bakery - Hankerson's.|
It was chocolate and white with raspberry filling and whipped frosting. Yum.
|Nina also had her own decorated smash cake!|
|Nina's party dress was purchased from Adelaide's Boutique on Etsy. I worked with Heidi and she was so helpful in making the dress fit our party theme perfectly.|
|Someone was a happy!|
|I also made Watermelon and Pineapple Skewers (again to match the theme). Salad was made with a homemade poppy seed dressing, strawberries and pine nuts.|
|For the Macaroni and Cheese, I used this recipe and multiplied it by five.|
|She LOVED her cake!|
|Nina's birthday hat was purchased from Dainty Couture on Etsy. The shop is the cutest!|
I think my little girl is pretty cute, too! :)
Happy Birthday Nina Lorraine.