My baby turned ONE! I cannot count the number of children’s parties I have featured and shared with you over the last five+ years here on Pizzazzerie and TODAY, I get to share my own little girl’s 1st birthday party. I’m so tickled…pink! Keeping in theme with her pink and white nursery (and my pink and white baby shower) — I’m just not quite ready to give up that baby pink color yet! — I chose a pink & white garden 1st birthday party. I love timeless prints like stripes and spring is the perfect time for a garden party. In fact, we even incorporated baby pink roses that had grown from the mini rose favors handed out at my shower when I was pregnant! It was a labor of love to work on my own little girl’s birthday party, and I’m so thrilled to get to share it here with you all today.
Big huge thanks to my Mom for being my party partner-in-crime (as usual). She is my DIY extraordinaire and turns so many of my crazy ideas into reality!
I have a lot of details I want to share and tips for hosting your own garden themed party (I hope you’re inspired!) so sit back and take a little photo tour and view my resources and details below! Here are a few of my favorite elements to look out for:
- Lattice garden flower box centerpieces
- Pom-pom trimmed monogrammed napkins and party hat
- Grass chargers
- Baby photo place cards (from each guest’s own baby birthday party)
- Watercolor rose cake
- Mini white watering cans with monograms
PARTY DETAILS & TABLESCAPE
Now for the fun details! As I begin to think about Blakely’s first birthday party, I knew I wanted it to be a small family luncheon. As a party stylist, I knew I could get carried away fast so I reigned it in by focusing on one long, rectangular party table. Since my guest list was small, it kept things easy! I know we will have larger parties down the road so this intimate lunch was perfect for her 1st birthday. I wanted the party to have lots of preppy touches so a wide pink and white canopy striped table covering was a must – along with monograms galore. My Mom sewed pom-pom trim around the table covering and we added smaller pom-pom trim to the napkins too. I took plain white dinner napkins and had them monogrammed in baby pink. We have started a sweet tradition as we will use these napkins to celebrate her birthday every year and she can enjoy these monogram napkins when she sets off on her own as a future little hostess with the mostest!
I picked up various sizes of watering cans from the craft store and spray painted them white. Then I used the Silhouette machine and light pink vinyl to create a monogram and name to display on them. Filled with extra flowers, they were the perfect garden touch to the table!
On each chair, we added a pink and white striped ribbon detail and flower touch! Blakely’s chair was also adorned with lots of pink and white balloons.
Invitations were exactly what I dreamed of! Harper Gray Designs created a gorgeous pink and white stripe pocket folder style invitation and the invite was decorated with gorgeous flowers. The envelope liner matched the flower design, so precious! HardInk Calligraphy did the gorgeous calligraphy of her name for the invitations as well as guest’s addresses.
The garden theme combined with the pink preppy touches was exactly my vision! I knew I wanted a row of flowers going down the middle of the table but wanted something different than just vases. My Mom and I came up with the idea of thin, long flower boxes framed in lattice. After a little trip to Home Depot and lots of DIYing, the two 4′ flower boxes were built and filled with green floral foam. They were then filled with ranunculus, sweetheart roses, peonies, and tulips in shades of light pink and white. I also tucked in mini watering buckets that were sprayed white. Larger ones were scattered around the party table and decorated with her monogram and name in light pink vinyl (made with the Silhouette machine).
A garden party was the perfect excuse for grass chargers so I went on a hunt! I wanted circular chargers so I purchased artificial grass (link in resources) and cut it down to the perfect circular sizes. It was perfect! Next were pink and white striped plates. Topping each plate was a favorite detail of mine – striped party hats (from Paper Eskimo). We gave Blakely’s party hat a little DIY touch with a flower and pom pom trim.
The place cards were mini (3″) square white frames filled with each guest’s own baby birthday photo (from their own first birthday or other childhood photo). I loved how each guest was able to look at everyone’s cute baby photo. This was such a simple touch (we simply requested baby photos on the invitation) and became one of my favorite details!
While in an antique shop in downtown Franklin, we came across the most delightful wire baskets that were perfect for holding lunch! We tucked in pink and white striped parchment liners and filled with chicken salad croissant sandwiches, green grapes, and black bean salad. It was delicious! The lunch baskets and beverages were served from my grandmother’s antique tea cart which we decorated with pictures of baby Blakely from her first year.
Between the two garden boxes in the center of the table was Blakely’s birthday cake! It was a two-tier cake with subtle stripes on the bottom and hand-painted watercolor style roses around the top! I made Blakely’s smash cake (simple pink frosting topped with fresh flowers).
If you have questions, please leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them! Thanks!
RESOURCES + CREDITS
Invitations: Harper Gray Designs
Invitation Calligraphy: HardInk Calligraphy
Plates, Party Hats, Party Flags, Party Cups, Parchment Liner: Paper Eskimo
Cake: Nashville Sweets
Pink and White Canopy Fabric: The Fabric House, Nashville
Materials for Lattice Flower Box Centerpieces: Home Depot
Artificial Grass: Home Depot (direct link)
Watering Cans & Mini Frames: Michael’s
Blakely’s Striped Dress: Smocked Auctions
Vinyl Monograms: Silhouette machine
Photography: Courtney Whitmore