It's a Garden Party One-derland
So life happened, and happened again (along with starting an intense full-time job, home remodel projects, my computer crashing last year, becoming pregnant with our 2nd child, and saying sayonara to said job), and here I am just now recovering some of my old photos and looking through them for the first time and decided, what better time to make a 1st birthday party post than 2 weeks before my daughter's 2nd birthday! (Ha!) "Better late than never," is my motto these days...
Since I am a huge floral boho fan, and I still had tons of our old wedding decor that was just sitting in the attic collecting dust, I decided to put some of it to work one more time before completely retiring it. I'm all about recycling, reusing, and repurposing items around the house!
Also, I figured this 1st birthday would probably be the only birthday I would have a say in as to what it would look like and what the theme would be. After this I'm sure she will have an opinion and mind of her own, so I took advantage of this birthday since the 1st birthday is really a celebration for adults anyway and a cheers to all of us surviving the 1st year!
Our theme for her birthday was Everley's Garden Party ONE-derland (which was the easiest way for me to tie in all the beautiful flowers and garden theme). It was also a fun way for me to use one of my favorite decorating colors, rose gold! I loved these rose gold "ONE" Balloons. (Also check out the cursive option "one" Balloons if that's more your style.)
Using my Silhouette Cameo machine, I made all sorts of fun signage including the signs for the cakes and cookies as well as this sign to our house for the party. I actually repurposed this sign from our wedding shower and just painted over it again with Black Chalkboard Paint and then used the Silhouette Cameo machine to make the letters.
Of course I made sure the flowers were blooming in front of our home (the ferns are a different story...). We actually just had our house painted white (it was red brick before) and the steps painted with a German Smear style. They literally got done painting the night before for the party, so I was relieved we wouldn't have a half-painted house for the party!
For her "Year of Firsts", I carried the garden party theme throughout by making a rose gold banner with floral letters (made with Silhouette Cameo machine) and hung more eucalyptus garland (from Hobby Lobby). I used fishing line and mini clothespins to hang the pictures of her many "first" memories and moments.
For a close up of the garden/floral letters I made... The options are endless of things to make and projects to create!
Sidenote and quick tangent, my Silhouette Cameo was a Mother's Day gift for me and is probably the BEST gift I've ever received as I have made countless mama t-shirts for my friends and myself, onesies for the kids, vinyl'd wine glasses and thermos bottles, birthday decor and signage, and so many other fun projects with it. The machine paid for itself the first month of me using it! This Silhouette Cameo Starter Set Bundle comes with all the tools you'll need, vinyl, t-shirt vinyl, transfer paper, and more! I couldn't recommend it more for all you crafty mamas!
Back to the party! The dessert table was where I focused most of my time and decor as it set the stage for the party theme. And what birthday party doesn't have cake?!
I pulled out our lighted eucalyptus garland from our Christmas stash as it created a nice frame and ambience for the table. The white wooden crates and cake stands came from HomeGoods, but I found a cute set of 3 Rustic Wooden Crates that I like even more and bonus, are less expensive too! I love using crates and Cake Stands to create height and interest to a table.
The silver mercury glass vases, blush pink painted mason jars, rose gold frames, and mini easels were items from our old wedding decor, but you could recreate a similar look with Blush Chalk Paint painted on the mason jars. Fill your mason jars with hydrangeas for a classic farmhouse look. Add some faux Eucalyptus Stems to a White Pitcher to add some height and color to the table.
I wish I could take credit for these gorgeous cookies, but cookie art is not my forté. Paisley's Sweet Treats is a very talented bakery that made these adorable cookies for her party. They tasted as good as they looked!
I couldn't decide between a few designs so had her make a couple different options!
I also had Emmy's Sweets make 3 semi-naked cakes (and a smash cake) along with these pretty cookies too because you can never have too many beautiful and delicious floral sugar cookies around the house!
Ok now my mouth is watering and craving some sugar cookies! I might as well keep rolling with the dessert table... For the flavors, I had chocolate, vanilla, and carrot cake as well as regular and gluten-free sugar cookies for my friends with celiac.
The pasty chef created 3 gorgeous semi-naked cakes which I then decorated with flowers from Trader Joe's. They have THE BEST florals and greenery and at a fraction of the cost of many flower shops. I had so much fun picking out a variety of blooms and of course had to include my go-to favorite eucalyptus!
I think in another world I would be a florist as I had so much fun selecting the flowers and arranging them on the cakes and in the vases! Loved how this semi-naked cake turned out with Pink Candy Melts dripping from the edges!
One last cake picture, because a girl can have her cake and eat it too, right?! I repurposed these signs and easels from our wedding. I just spray painted the frames with Rose Gold Spray Paint and used Rose Gold Craft