When Valentina was about seven months old I had bought this beautiful swan set and assumed since the tag said 12-18 months that it’d fit her for her birthday. That makes me laugh now, how I underestimated how quickly a baby grows! When she turned nine months I eyed that set in her closet and I had this feeling that, just maybe, she would fit in it already. So, I put it on her and to my horror it fit her perfectly. (It did end up being her second outfit for after her cake smash, I somehow smushed her in it.) How was I supposed to have a swan themed first birthday party like I had originally wanted for her now. Now, I’ve been known to be a lover of all things pink for Kitty but I wasn’t always that way. When I was still pregnant I asked for only gender neutral items and would be sorely disappointed when my baby shower gifts were all pink and frilly. I thought, every little girl ever has everything pink! I begrudgingly put on a baby pink outfit on my newborn. When I saw how pink made her look like a little porcelain doll, it was over for me. I tried to steer away from an all pink party but sometimes you just have to stick with what you know works and what you know you love. So the idea for a floral first birthday party was born. I had leftover butterflies from my maternity shoot and I had seen this beautiful Pinterest flower arrangement with butterflies on it, so feeling inspired I sticked those little butterflies on my flowers and everywhere else. I also tried to keep everything besides the decorations white.
My awesome mother in law was a great help and painted all the mason jars blush pink. She also built the platforms for the macaron towers and the cake stand. She loves woodworking and is great at it so I had asked her to build me a platform to add some height to my dessert table. I had originally wanted one large long platform but changed my mind to three separate risers. That way I know I can still add height to any size display table, whether that be just one in the center of a small table or the three of them spread out on a large table. I asked her to paint them white because white goes with everything. Surprisingly you can only find risers like these on Etsy but you have to pay a pretty penny for them. I looked everywhere online and on Amazon and couldn’t find anything close to what I had in mind.
Funny story, I had somehow completely miscalculated how many macarons were needed for two macaron towers. I needed two times the amount we had bought! It takes about four boxes of a dozen Trader Joe’s macarons to fill up one tower. It took sixty one homemade macarons made by mother in laws coworker to fill up a single tower. The store bought macarons must be larger and thicker. I panicked a little when I saw we had run out of macarons but I saw we had a plethora of chocolate dipped Oreos (made by my MIL) so I just placed them on the other tower hoping it’d look decent. And thankfully it did! I actually really like how it turned out and I’ve made a note to myself to order one hundred twenty four macarons next time I want two macaron towers filled. For the macaron flower toppers I had a few blocks of wet foam in my basement so I cut out a rough circle, wet it, and stuck roughly six roses in each macaron tower topper and fluffed it up with some babies breath that came included in the bouquet. My MIL also made the Rice Krispie number ones dipped in a light pink chocolate (cut out from a number one cookie cutter). I placed out kettle popcorn and white chocolate covered pretzels in the two bowl at the ends of the table. The pink flower sugar cookies, chocolate covered wafers, and chocolate cake were all from Whole Foods. I had bought the pink lollipops from Walmart and had found them in the baby shower section. And lastly, the white cake I bought from Butter Bear Shop. (I go more in depth on this cake on my other post about her birthday party.)
Now for the arch, tulle backdrop, name, and balloon garland. The copper arch I borrowed from my sister- fun fact, it was actually her wedding arch. You can see in the pictures that we should have anchored it a little better because it was leaning to the right slightly. It’s real copper but it doesn’t hold weight that well. The tulle backdrop was ordered from Amazon. I bought the pink ballon garland to place on the top right corner of the arch. It came out so cute, especially with her name on it. (I bought the 42″ wide, dot connected, and painted gold.) I had really wanted to just get her name in white but I knew I wanted to use her name for all her birthday parties and as decor in her room. White against her light pink room walls would be super cute but against the white tulle backdrop not so much. I knew it’d blend in when you’d take pictures. She has gold/brass accents in her room so I got the gold and now when I see it placed above her crib it’s actually really nice and I’m glad I didn’t buy the white. By the way, the 42″ wide is the perfect size for above the crib for any momma’s out there who want to get their babies name for room decor.
Above the refreshments and utensils/plate table I placed her initials I had been gifted at my baby shower thrown by my church. I think the church members who made it bought the white letters and glued on the floral arrangements so I sadly don’t have a link where you could buy a set of initials. Below on the table I set out the two sets of disposable dinnerware I had bought on Amazon. The “one” dinnerware was so cute I had to buy it and I strategically placed it on top so those would be used first. You can’t use “one” plates when she turns two or older unfortunately lol. As for the pink floral dinnerware, I needed dessert plates and these matched nicely. I had also bought some very cute pink paper straws with varying patterns and designs. I placed those in a little bucket I had gotten forever ago at the dollar store.
The water bottles I placed in a white crate that I had bought from Joann’s. The crates were supposed to be white washed but they really are just solid white. I like the look of them but if you were looking for the wood color to peek through the white then these crates are not the ones for you. I ripped off the ugly blue labels on the water bottles and stuck on these ones. It was time consuming and easy to place them on lopsided but, I just placed the pretty ones at the front and hid the wonky ones in the back. I also placed two pink carnations in some bud vases from Ikea on both sides of the water bottles. I thought it added a pretty pink touch to tie in with the flowers on the labels.
Horchata and Passion Tea Lemonade were also served in case someone didn’t want just water. The horchata was delicious and all you have to do is add water! I once made this elaborate homemade horchata and it did end up tasting delicious but it did not taste like the horchata you would get at Mexican restaurants. The Klass horchata definitely tastes like restaurant horchata. And I thought of the lemonade because Zac always gets a passion tea lemonade from Starbucks in the summer and it’s so refreshing when it’s hot outside. The beverage dispensers were super inexpensive but you get what you pay for. At only ten bucks each, the day after the party the bottom corner of one was shattered.
I had created a slideshow on the photos app and had that playing on a tv in the corner of the room. It was so bittersweet to see her grow up through pictures but it was also so heart warming to be reminded of all the memories of her first year. On the sides of the tv I placed two frames- one with her 20 week ultrasounds and one with the ink impressions of her feet when she was born. I also placed out polaroids from her first year.
The present table is pretty self explanatory but I still wanted to include some pictures of it. On the end of the table were some favors and goodie bags. I bought some stickers, went on photoshop and created the design, printed them out, and placed them on the candy bags for the piñata. The white mason jars filled with chocolate covered pretzel rods were a little last minute bonus my MIL decided to make and bring!
And finally, the banners! Online they can be very pricey and I was trying to cut costs so I decided to make them myself. I found printable alphabet banners, bought myself a guillotine paper cutter, found some old black and white twine, and bought a hole puncher. The “Muchas Gracias” banner was hanging above the present table. The “Feliz Cumpleaños” banner was hanging above the memory table. Lastly, the “One” banner was on her high chair for the cake smash and when we sung happy birthday to her.