Today we are taking a trip down memory lane and looking at Alexandra’s first birthday party. We wanted to throw a small, family only party, but still wanted to make it special for her (and probably more for me).
First things first, I picked a theme. After debating between several options I settled on an owl theme for her party. The theme lent itself to cute and colorful possibilities. After narrowing down the theme I created an inspiration board on Pinterest. You can check it out here.
Next I worked on the invitation. I found Party with a Purpose on Etsy and worked with Michelle to create an invitation and other paper products for Alexandra’s party. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t a smooth process. There were some communication difficulties and my order barely arrived on time. That being said, I was pleased with the final product and actually ended up ordering from Michelle again for Madeleine’s first birthday and had no problems (after reading more reviews on her shop it appeared that she had worked out the kinks…everyone deserves a second chance right?)
Look how cute Alexandra’s invitation turned out!
Other fun details for the party included lots of balloons. In fact, Alexandra loves balloons. She would get so excited when she would see balloons that she would squeal with delight. So Malcolm and I thought it would be fun to fill the entire dining room with balloons. Several hundred balloons later and the ceiling was covered. Alexandra thought it was a hoot (pun intended)!
I found some cute party supplies at Party City that went along with theme. Plates, napkins, cups, tablecloths, and even some owl balloons all from their Hippie Chick line. I also found a really cute owl pull string piñata on Amazon. All her cousins received party hats placed at their seat.
Of course, Alexandra’s attire matched the theme as well. She wore a owl smocked corduroy dress from Claire & Charlie and an appliquéd diaper cover that read, “One’s a Hoot” from Bella Claire Baby.
I made an owl cake for her to smash and owl cupcakes for the party guests. I used two small bowls, stacking the cake together to make the round body of the owl. The ears were made from broken Oreos and covered with icing and the eyes were Oreos and M&Ms. I cut up a starburst for the beak and bow and she was perched on a pretzel stick branch.
The menu for the party was homemade lasagna and salad. Along with a few other sweet treats for the party including iced sugar cookies from Michael’s Cookie Jar and some cake pops from a girl in Pearland that I found through Etsy, but she doesn’t appear to have an Etsy shop anymore.
Alexandra’s cousins received owl printed crayon rolls as a party favor. Perfect to keep in a diaper bag or the car for times you need to entertain the littles.
All in all, I think Alexandra had a great time. I’m guessing her favorite part was her first taste of sugar, yum!
As a memento, I made a photo book of her party that she and Madeleine love flipping through. Do you like to pick a theme for your parties?