baby girl First Birthday Party

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I’d like to share some photos to show of how my daughter’s First Birthday Party came together on the big day.   Most of the decorations were handmade by me and if not I indicate where I found them or the special person who made them.   I link below back to the original post where I share the details for the various crafts.

The invite was my inspiration for the banner and for the colors that were used at the party.     

Birthday Party Invite from Tiny Prints

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Handmade fabric bunting banner-my first time making one on the sewing machine.    Fly Away fabric by Robert Kaufman.

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Tissue paper pom-poms -Martha Stewart (pack of 5).  The tissue paper comes in a flat stack with the edges already scalloped.  You have to add a wire to tie it and then shape the tissue paper.  I was expecting them to pop out of the package like an accordion so it was a little more work than I anticipated.  The first one didn’t turn out well but then I figured it out and was able to get the other 4 to be full in shape. 

Birthday party Tissue pom poms

The package comes with two colors (light and dark purple).  The sizes vary too.  Don’t give up if your first one doesn’t turn out as expected.  Your second one will be much better.

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The pom-poms added a nice splash of purple and brought more texture to the room.   Gwen likes looking & pointing up at them. 

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Beautiful handmade cookies – ordered from TSCookies on Etsy.  I recommend this shop, the cookies came quickly, on time and I didn’t have to order them months in advance like so many of the cookie shops.   She bakes over the weekends and then sends out the cookies on Monday morning.   They have so many different kinds of cookies for every theme.  They were a great addition to the owls at the party.  Each guest got to take one (or more) home to enjoy.  I love that they are individually wrapped with a colorful shiny ribbon to compliment the cookie color. 

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Cute owl plate to serve the first cupcake to the birthday girl – a shower gift that was purchased from Etsy.  It was fun to use this for the first time.

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The cookies were in four bright colors (purple, pink, green and teal) to match the other items.  I used my cupcake stand to display them so that they’d be more prominent than in a bowl. 

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Personalized Water bottle labels- handmade with digital papers from Etsy (The Digital Bake Shop).  It was my first time making labels with digital papers (from scratch).  I also did the photo clips (below) with the same papers.  However, the water bottle labels were much easier to create because the labels don’t have to be a fixed size.

My favorite one is the pink polka dot one with the monogram “G” in the background and “Gwenyth” across the top.   

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Handmade Owl gift bags for kids-Used Amy Tangerine Sketchbook patterned papers.  I love how the owl made by paper piecing stands out on the brown bag.  

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Fabric owls –ordered from Etsy made by MariaPalito.  These little cuties were inside the gift bags for the kids.  Got them in four colors (blue, pink, purple and brown).

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First year mini album-made with supplies from Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection.  Includes a photo taken each month during the first year in the same chair with two stuffed owls.    It was easy to pull this together the week before the party because it’s simple and just has one hero 5×5 photo with three small 2×2. 

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Photo clip garland-made in Photoshop with digital papers from The Digital Bake Shop on Etsy.  I used the same digital files on these as I did the water bottle labels above.    These were more challenging to make because they the inside circle has 6 layers. 

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Owl Birthday Cake- Used design found in Parenting Magazine.   Baked by my husband.   Frosted/Decorated by my girlfriend (seen in photo below). 

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Lovely Owl Cupcakes- also designed & made by my sweet girlfriend.  The cupcakes are from a box mix and were baked by my husband.  They are chocolate with a home made vanilla crème in the middle.  He loves making sweet desserts and had fun figuring out the filling.    My favorite part is the beautiful frosting in blue & purple! 

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I displayed all the fun owl décor items on the table with a ivory tablecloth so that they could all be shared together.  Then the food and drinks were on the opposite kitchen countertops. 

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Here’s the birthday girl taking some of her first steps.  She took her first 2 steps ON her actual birthday.  We are having fun watching her start to figure out how to walk.    This dress was perfect for the big day. 

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Enjoying her new birthday gift…..a ride on musical toy.  Of course she doesn’t stay in any one place for more than a second so I am ready to catch her when she falls off.

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The baker and chef-

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Two of my super crafty friends.  The one on the right made the beautiful cupcakes & cake! 

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We had the party on a Saturday afternoon which was the perfect time and the naps worked out well so our little girl was rested.  I took the day off on Friday from work so that I could finish the album up and get everything else ready.

Also, Thank you to everyone who helped me get everything ready! We couldn’t have had such a great party without the help from our friends/family. 

18 thoughts on “baby girl First Birthday Party

    • Thank you Pam. We sure missed you and Isabelle. It’s such an enjoyable thing to do this stuff. :) Remember how much fun I had helping out at your wedding?

    • Thanks Beth, you are right I am having a lot of FUN with all the owl stuff. But I am relieved the parties are over and now I can get some scrapbook pages done! (hopefully)

  1. I love all of the owls! It looks like a professional decorated your party! Great job. I will have to do some tutorials for photoshop so I can make some labels like you had. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Jessica! I really apprecaite the compliment. You should try the labels, it was my first time too but after you figure a little out it get easier.

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