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In case we’re meeting for the first time, I’m Valerie, you should know that I have a slight Pinterest obsession and throwing elaborate parties lets me feed my Pinterest habit. Glad we got that out of the way. I’ll use any excuse to flex my Pinterest skills, so f course, my first baby turning one had to be a big event. I just told my husband, “We might have more kids, but I’ll never get to throw my first, first birthday again,” and hey, it worked; not that it stopped me from going all out for the twins’ first birthday too. Sucker! 😉 While you’re here, check out Little Red Reagan and Big Bad Lincoln’s First Birthday.
I started shopping and planning for this party literally months in advance and must have changed the theme a million times. But in the end, my bestie Pinterest came to the rescue and a ONEderland birthday was born. My go to places for party prepping are primarily Etsy and Amazon, and believe it or not, thrift stores! I wanted to replicate a Wonderland tea party, so I shopped thrift stores for table decor like teapots, teacups, saucers, old books and cute kitschy little figurines like mushrooms.
I also wanted to try my hand at some fun invites. I’m so not a graphic designer and don’t have Photoshop or anything like that, so it took me forever to make these, but I had also designed our wedding invitations, so I kind of already knew how to do of a few of the more technical items. I used a lot of free clip art sites and a few pay per download sites as well as dafont.com for all the cool font options! If you’re not into designing your own, there are some amazing options on Etsy, like this digital download for only $10. I totally would have saved myself some time and bought that had I found it at the time I had this party.
For the table, I found some long pink tablecloths that I got at a discount for ordering in bulk. I actually did the same thing for our wedding as it ended up being cheaper to buy them than to rent them. Plus, we resold them and made a lot of our money back.
I decorated the table by stacking books, teacups and saucers, candlesticks, and cute little dessert dishes with cupcakes. All of the table decor came from my thrift store adventures with the exception of the glass cake stands. When some of the items I found weren’t quite the color scheme I wanted, I just spray painted them gold.
To add some themed elements to the refreshments, we had little mini muffins with flags that read “Eat Me”, water bottles labeled “Drink Me”, and I also ordered some adorable “Eat Me” cookies. I made pink french macarons (this kit makes baking macarons so much easier) and some marshmallows made to look like pink toadstool mushrooms (dip them in melting candy and sprinkle with white edible beads, so easy!).
I wanted a fairly simple smash cake since I was adding a glittery bunting cake topper. I’ll let you in on a little secret, or maybe it’s not a secret, I don’t know! But, if you live near an Albertson’s grocery store, they make amazing desserts based upon whatever picture or description you give them and they are so much cheaper. I looked into a fancy cake store, which would have been awesome, but I loved everything Albertson’s did and saved so much money. In addition to the cake and cookies, I ordered some simple cupcakes and added these shabby chic rose cupcake wrappers and edible butterflies to fancy them up a bit.
All this work for a party she won’t even remember?
Everything turned out exactly how I had envisioned it. And it’s true, it was A LOT of work. But, at the end of the day, I am so happy that I did it. I still smile every time I look at the pictures and though I know she won’t remember it, hopefully, one day Macie will look back and smile too. Now, please stop growing so fast!!
P.S. I found her amazing Alice dress on Etsy as well. My absolute favorite part of it all was dressing her up in that outfit!
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