I am a huge birthday lover. I LOVE to plan, execute and participate in over the top parties. I especially love to plan them for my little ones. I know that they have no idea how much effort, time, and thought I put into their parties. I know they would be happy with just a cardboard box, a cupcake and one on one time, but I love to make their big days extra special. I mean after all it is a huge celebration. I mean their birthdays signify the day that our lives changed for the better, and the day in which the loves of my life entered the world. That is a cause for celebration for any mama.
I have been tossing ideas for Mckinlee's first birthday back and forth, and I have debated various themes and ideas. However, I have narrowed it down to one idea, and I am super excited to execute it. We are going to do a "shabby chic"ish first birthday. I say ish, because unlike Caleb's 2 birthday celebrations this one is not completely themed, but I have drawn tons of inspiration from other shabby chic events.
I had her birthday outfit custom made through a seller on etsy. I basically took 3 different designs that she had in her shop and combined them. She was a great seller to work with, and her turn around time was 2-3 days. The outfit is already on its way, and I am so excited to receive it. She is priced very reasonably, and I would highly recommend her.
This was my first inspiration. I loved the strawberries and cream color, but I thought Mckinlee might get a little chilly in February.
At first I was just going to add lace leg warmers, but then I discovered this little beauty.
I contacted the seller to see if she could make it in the 2 tone colors like the first picture and she said yes. I also had her add straps so it will not be a hassle pulling it up as she is passed around at the party.
I am also going to add the pearls and hopefully a big bow, but my daughter is still on strike over the bows. During the smash cake she will just have pearls and a diaper on (too cute).
I am still in a debate within my own head of how to decorate the front entrance. I have loved how both front entrances turned out at Caleb's parties, and I want hers to be equally as great. Here are my 3 choices.Which one do you like best?
I am loving the simplicity of mason jars, lace and baby's breath. I think simple vases and flowers will be all throughout the party for the decor.
I am in love with both of these cakes. My sister has already researched how to make them and has assured me they will be super simple. I am so excited.
I love the decor under the highchair
I love both of these ideas of displaying pictures from throughout the year. I will also have her 3 big frames from her nursery throughout the party as well.
I really want to recreate this table. It may just be for gifts because the food will be served along the bar at my in laws house, but I love this look. This was actually my first inspiration for colors and decor.
I have various photos that I want to make sure I get. Here are a few ideas. Of course there are tons more that must be taken, but I like these photos of Mckinlee before.
I still have a ton to make, plan, pick up and get ready. Menu has to be planned, food has to be prepared, and the list goes on. I am not excited about my baby girl turning one at all, but since it has to happen we might as well do it in style!