Well here it is! My first party feature!
A big thank you to my good friend Meg at Mommy Don’t Play for letting me feature her adorable daughters Great Pumpkin first birthday! Find Meg and her blog here.
I had the pleasure of attending this party back in October and no detail was left undone. Meg did an amazing job with the theme of this party, it was so very sweet!
The details below are provided by Meg herself, complete with thorough instructions of just how she created this darling party.
- I made pumpkin topiaries by using Branch’s Marshmallow Pumpkin candy. I bought multiple styrofoam balls, sprayed painted them orange, and hot glued the pumpkins to them. I wrapped a wooden dowel in brown polka dot ribbon and stuck into a styrofoam block. I found those cute “1″ buckets on sale for 40% off at Michaels and I was able to use my teacher discount on top of that. I think the total for each buck was $1.89, and they were originally $4+. I added brown crinkle paper to the bucket to make it look like the pumpkins were sprouting up from the ground.
- “The Great Pumpkin” banner was made using Pixlr. I used the same front from the invitations throughout all the wording on the paper decorations. I backed the circles onto colored card stock and tied together with brown, pink, and orange ribbon.
- No first birthday is complete without photos from each month. I made copies of 5×7 photos, backed them on colored card stock; and strung them up with hot pink ribbon.
- For the numbers that show what month old Doodlebug was, I simply used my cupcake topper template and made numbers 1-12. I used a 2 inch circle craft punch to punch them out; and then a 2 1/2 inch scalloped punch as the back. I just glued them onto the lower right hand corner of the photo.
- This was the gift table. I wanted a spot for all the guests to place the gifts so that they wouldn’t be on the ground; and children wouldn’t be trying to open them. To save money on rentals, we used our picnic table and just placed a rental table cloth on top.
- For the favors, I made homemade caramel apples from this PIN I saw on Pinterest. I bought the apples in bulk at Costco (I priced them out at the grocery store and the farmers market, Costco was still the cheapest).
- I made the favors tags on the trusty Pixlr. I used the same background and graphics as the invitations. I simply punched a hole in the top of the tag and tied it with ribbon to the apple.
- This is the chalk board plaque with all of Doodlebug’s first year stats that I made. I bought a black styrofoam board and metallic pens from Kmart. I downloaded a punch of different fonts and used my projector to trace them onto the black board. The metallic pens did a really good job of giving it that “chalk” look. If you don’t have a projector, you can follow the instructions from THIS pin.
Food Table & High Chair
- This was the food serving table (although, I never got a photo with all the food on it). Behind the table was a “Happy Birthday” banner I made. I wrapped utensils in napkins and tied them with brown polka dot ribbon, and stuck them into those buckets. I placed balloons on either side of the table to create a festive look.
- Doodlebug’s high chair complete with a “ONE” banner, ribbons, and balloons.
- A close up of her high chair. I made this a few days in advance while Mr. was at a poker group.
- For the centerpieces on the food table, I filled large vases with real mini pumpkins. I purchased the pumpkins at a seasonal pumpkin stand ($.50/pumpkin…the guy thought i was crazy when I asked for 80 mini pumpkins.). I had cute little pumpkin and birthday sayings on the circles. I then used ribbon to wrap around the vase. My mom and I made this runner as well; using the same discount fabric, only in brown with white polka dots. Very easy and inexpensive.
- A close up of the vases and utensil holders.
- There were a lot of little details for this dessert table. I made everything myself, but the cake and smash cake. All the dessert had a “fall/spice theme and taste” theme to them. The cake was chocolate cake with an Oreo cookie filling; and it was DELICIOUS! All the food tents, cupcake toppers, and wrappers were made by yours truly (my girlfriend did help me with the wrappers; getting more than one to a page was tricky). I added card stock confetti and these cute small plastic pumpkins i found in the dollar section at Target.
- Again, here is the same style banner I used on the mantle and gift table. This one just says, “Drinks.” We made pink lemonade; one had vodka in it (and it was noted) and the other was just regular pink lemonade. I made two four inch circles that stated what drink was what, and wrapped a thick hot pink polka dot ribbon around the glass drink dispenser.
- To keep the water bottle labels from sweating, I laminated them and then hot glued them to the water bottle. I only did one case with labels and kept them in the fridge over night, so that they would be nice and cold for guests.
- I purchased the festive paper straws in hot pink and black from a discount party store and made straw flags using Pixlr. They had pumpkin and birthday related saying on them. I stuck them in a pink polka dot bucket from Michaels.
- I found these large pink buckets in Target’s lawn section in the spring time. They were $5 a piece! Mr. said I couldn’t leave the store without them, they were so cheap! I made four inch circles, backed with card stock, and used matching ribbon to put around the bucket. I labeled them, “Water and Soda,” and “Beer.”
Birthday Girls Outfit
- I found the birthday hat from Little Pink Tractor , and the bib came from Doodlebug Designs on Etsy. I contacted both shop owners and told them what I was looking for and sent them a picture of Doodlebug’s birthday dress; and they were able to match the design PERFECTLY!
- Everything for the party was centered around this dress! I loved how it incorporated the polka dots with the hot pink and orange. I purchased the dress from My Cute Baby Store on Etsy. It was one of the first purchases I made for the party. I really was trying to color match everything from plates to balloons to the colors in this dress.
- Photo credit to Elissa Jan Photography. Doodle bug is wearing her birthday bib at her one year old photo shoot.
- Photo credit to Elissa Jan Photography. The one and only time Doodlebug wore her birthday hat. I love how serious she looks here!
- Photo credit to Elissa Jan Photography. The bloomers were also from, Doodlebug Designs. They said, “The Great Pumpkin” with a big polka dot 1.
Well, there you have it, isn’t it cute!? Please see a complete list of vendors below and don’t forget to check out Meg’s blog HERE.
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Cake and Smash cake: Old Town Danville Bakery
Rentals: Wally’s Rental
Party Supplies (plates, napkins, lanterns, etc): Factory Direct Party
Photography for First Birthday Shoot: Elissa Jan Photography
Birthday Bib and Bloomers: Doodlebug Designs
Birthday Hat: Little Pink Tractor
Birthday Dress: My Cute Baby Store