Winter Floral Birthday Party | Everly’s First Birthday
It’s true what they say, the days are long but the years are short. I blinked and my girl turned 1 just under a month ago. It is absolutely crazy to think that now she is considered a toddler yet I still see her as my sweet baby girl.
With a November 3rd birthday, it’s not quite winter but fall is just about over. I knew I wanted to stay away from fall colors. (I’ve never been into fall colors.) I decided to go with a winter floral birthday party theme, with peachy-pink tones accented with deep purples, bright whites, lots of greenery, and gold accents.
I bought the tableware first, and I coordinated everything with that. Looking back, I should have chose a true pink color since the peachy-gold tableware was so hard to color match. I had to special order peach tissue paper and streamers in order for them to match the napkins and cups.
For the tables, I wanted to keep them simple so I chose eucalyptus runners accented with vintage brass candlestick holders, which we already had. I designed floral placemats to go under the tableware, and also included a “thoughts, wishes, and predictions” section in the corner as a spin off of the time capsule idea where we can read these predictions on her 18th birthday. I loved how the tables turned out. Understated but so beautiful, I just wish we didn’t have to have it a dingy hotel conference room with horrible lighting!
As for the highchair decorations, I created a highchair tulle skirt out of leftover tulle from her Halloween Costume. I clipped a few snippets of eucalyptus and stuck them in the top for some depth. I designed a simple “ONE” banner attaching it to the highchair skirt with mini clothespins. For the streamer backdrop, I bought a wooden dowel and taped floor-length streamers to it. I used two command hooks to hold the entire backdrop up and it worked wonderfully. I tried everything possible to brighten up the dim conference room; it’s pretty much impossible to disguise the wallpapered walls, horrible carpet, and not-so-cute chairs. But in the end, it didn’t look horrendous.
I wanted to do something different beyond the usual first birthday charts you see regularly so I created a fabric birthday banner. Instead of writing out facts & lists, I made her big accomplishments into a short story (that I’m totally obsessed with!) I love this idea & look so much I might just start offering fabric printed banners in my Etsy shop, so stay tuned for that!
Lastly, I had to have her
monthly bi-monthly picture chart up because those are always fun to look at. Poor girl has the 2nd child syndrome and this momma totally slacked at taking pictures every month. If I’m being completely honest, these might not be every 2 months, either.
For the cupcakes and smash cake, I hired Dessert First out of Eau Claire. I have known Jess and Duane for awhile now and they truly have the best cake in town. I sent Jess pictures of what I had in mind for a naked smash cake and she totally nailed it. I was even pretty particular about the peachy-pink color to match the tableware, and it was spot on. The cupcakes were a hit, and it was a tie as to which was better, the vanilla with raspberry frosting or the pumpkin with cream cheese. Everly clearly loved her smash cake, too.
We had a great day celebrating sweet Miss Everly. Everly took the whole day in like a champ, carefree & easy. For being pretty limited due to the timing of the year and the venue, it was a hit and I’m happy with how everything turned out. The thing about having babies with winter birthdays, it makes the start of winter go by fast.
Be sure to check back in a week or so when I blog all about her first birthday party invitations, which may be my favorite party invitation to date! 🙂
Placements | DIY
Fabric Banner | DIY
Streamer Backdrop | DIY
Highchair Skirt | DIY
Highchair Banner | DIY