Yesterday morning, we celebrated Jillian’s birthday with a girly party with 50 of our friends and family!
The party had been planned to be held in my parents’ backyard. They have a large yard that backs up to a golf course, so it’s a great setting for an outdoor party, unlike our little, long backyard! :) Last weekend, I began obsessively checking the weather for yesterday and each day the rain chance increased and increased until it was eventually 70 or 80%. At that point, I knew I was going to need to go to Plan B, which was having the party inside my parents’ house as well as using their garage for the kids’ area. So that is what we did and, despite the rain, we had a perfect party for our girl!
I thought I would share pictures of the party décor today and then show pictures of the actual party and events of the party this week. This post is super long with lots of pictures, but I don’t want to forget any details of her special day!
This was the invitation we sent out to our guest. It was designed by my good friend, Leslie. I cut the address and phone number out on this, but you can still see what a great job Leslie did on these. The flowers are sketches of the flowers on Jillian’s nursery bedding!
This adorable wreath greeted guests at the door! It was made by one of my lifelong friends, Maggie. These are all over Pinterest and Maggie had recently made one. When she found out I wanted one for the party, she offered to make it for me! Thanks, Mags!!
The table in the foyer displayed Jillian’s monthly cake pictures. I bought this frame for super cheap at a flea market and repainted it pink. Josh put nails in the back and attached 3 wires so that I could hang her pictures using little pink safety pins! I love that we did monthly pictures with both of our kids. It such a fun way to see how much they grew over the year!
The basket under the table was put on top of the table at the end of the party. It held the party favors, which were little pink and blue bird cookies made and gifted to us by our sweet friend, Ally, who loves to bake and decorate cookies on the side. I posted here about some Razorback cookies and Razorback cupcakes she made a few months ago. She is so talented! The tags for the top were made by my friend Leslie. I saw something cookie bags like this on Pinterest and Leslie was able to make some tags for me. The tag says, “Thank you for making my first birthday so sweet! Love, Jillian”
The cake and cupcakes were displayed in the dining room. I kept it very simple and used things we already had to decorate. I loved all the white! And I have a new love for tissue balls. They are so easy and inexpensive to make, but are such a fun, cute detail to use at parties.
The framed monogram hangs in her nursery, so I just took it off the wall and used it on a stand for the party. Since the party colors were the same as the nursery colors, I already had lots of little things I could use for decorations.
The sweet, girly cake made by Rick’s Bakery! I took the bakery the leftover ribbon from the ribbon wreath and they matched the cake to the ribbon.
The matching little smash cake!
The cupcakes made by Sam’s Club. Y’all they have the best cupcakes and they are less than $15 for 30 of them! Leslie designed the stickers that I used to make cupcake toppers with to add to the top.
I hung this “Jillian” banner from the mantel. This was the same banner from used at my baby shower and I saved it to reuse at her first birthday. The designs behind the I, L, and A are all prints of the nursery fabric. I painted the little pink and white bird houses to use at the ends of the mantel.
The food table was in the kitchen. We had a variety of little pinwheels, mini quiches, spinach and artichoke dip with pita chips, pigs in a blanket, pumpkin muffins and mini-cinnamon rolls.
To drink, we had coffee punch, sweet tea and water. I had painted some really cute chalkboards to use to label the drinks and I couldn’t find the chalk I had brought to write on them anywhere! So the chalkboards had to go!
I used more of the little stickers on the cups.
I made personalized labels for the water bottles.
I added a fun little bar code on the back of the labels with Jillian’s name and her birthdate.
I also added “nutrition facts” that we based on one serving of a birthday girl! :) I put that the water was manufactured on birthdate as well.
The kids tables were set-up in the garage. Not the most ideal location, but it was the best we could do under the weather circumstances. We also had a few nicer cushioned folding chairs out so parents had somewhere to sit.
Fun little board I added in the garage for decoration! It had her birth announcement, invitation and stickers on it!
Another little basket of favor cookies were outside just in case people left the party through the garage.
My sweet husband hauled Jillian’s dresser from her room over to my parents’ house so we could use it to set food on in the garage. I loved using it and think it added some fun color to the garage! The fabric behind the table was pink and white pinstripe and it covered some shelves with storage boxes. :)
Fun little ribbon trees that my friend, Meredith used for her daughter’s first birthday party last month. I loved getting to borrow them!
We had PB&J sandwiches, Goldfish crackers, and juice for the kids. I used the drawers of the dresser to hold the juice and Goldfish.
The kids’ plates also had stickers on them.
I loved working on all the little details for our sweet girl’s special day! It was so much fun for me!
I will post more party pictures in the next few days! Hope you all had a great weekend!