Madison’s First Birthday Party!
So much pink, girly, nautical, cuteness! LOVE IT!
I just cannot believe a year has already passed. It has flown by. Maddie brings so much joy to our lives. Having a little girl has been a dream come true. She even got her first pedicure for her first birthday. I can’t believe I actually waited an entire year. *Hot pink toes to match Mommy :)*
I love #partyplanning and everything that comes along with it… shopping, crafting, planning, cooking, baking, shopping… and more shopping!
I downloaded her invitation design, and the chalkboard poster design off of Etsy and then I uploaded it to Vistaprint and created the back side of the invitation myself.
Having this helpful little note on the back really helped our guests to know what to expect. After all, this wasn’t exactly a typical one year old’s birthday party. We wanted to do something that all of the adults could really enjoy… especially since she was sleeping half of the time anyways!
We rented a pavilion at a park in New Smyrna Beach and had the pavilion, playground, bathrooms, and volleyball court all to ourselves. It was a wonderful day of family, friends and sweet fellowship!
Her chalkboard poster came out great. I got the #invitation design and the poster design off of Etsy, here.
Once I received the poster in the mail from #Vistaprint, I glued it down onto a foam poster board, and used another piece of foam board to make a stand in the back so it stood up like a picture frame. It worked out great for display, but now I’m wishing I didn’t glue it down. It would have been much easier to keep in a memory box or something if I could just roll it up.
This is how the poster looked once I created the stand. Ignore the sink full of dishes.
Her ridiculously adorable outfit is from Pink Daisy Boutique off Etsy. You can find the shop here. Amber, the shop owner, even customized the bow for me.
The quality of the outfit is simply amazing and the product looked even nicer in person than it did online. I was extremely happy with my purchase–especially after seeing all of the beautiful pictures my friend Danielle took for us. The outfit matched perfectly with her theme.
Everyone kept commenting on how cute her little outfit was. 🙂
For food I made sandwiches and tuna wraps. I wrapped them in foil and then individually put them into ziplock bags so that we could keep them on ice all day long without them getting soggy. Nicole made a yummy fruit platter and I also had snacks, cookies, cupcakes, etc.
I just love how cute all of the girly nautical themed stuff is!
This is how I set up the main table. My sweet hubby kept the kids home while I set up. All of this could not have been possible without my friend Liz. She was a huge help with the prep work and setting up.
& yes that is iced coffee you see all the way to the left, there… hehehehe
All of the balloons, paper goods, supplies and decor came from Oriental Trading.
The pink and navy favor boxes were great. I filled them with little whale squirts and half of the favors had inflatable beach balls, and the other half had mini tote bags. The kids seemed to really like them!
Instead of purchasing multiple coolers, I got these huge plastic bins from Target to keep drinks on ice and for snacks. They worked very well and were about $7 each. Now that the party is over, I am using them to store outdoor toys, etc. They really come in handy.
I made the “naked” smash cake myself. I really enjoy cooking and baking so it was a lot of fun for me… and doing your own cake always saves money. I have seen a lot of naked cakes online and have been wanting to try one for a while.
If you would like step by step directions on how I made the cake, comment below!
Here are a some more shots from our day:
I saved the best for last:
I really hope this post has been informative and helpful to anyone planning their little girls #nauticalparty
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!