Wednesday, April 25, 2012

1st Birthday Party - Decorations

 Saturday April 14th we had Sadie's birthday party. The theme for the party was You Are My Sunshine. When I came up with the idea I thought I must be a genius. That was until I started googling it and realized others had thought of that theme before me. :)

The party was at my parent's house because they have a lot more room that we do. Instead of trying to enjoy the party and take pictures I decided I'd hire a photographer. It was so nice knowing I didn't have to worry about getting pictures of everyone and everything. Most of these pictures are from the photographer but a few are ones I did take and a couple are borrowed from a friend.

I had so much fun preparing for Sadie's party. It wasn't the most extravagant party but it was a party I knew she would enjoy. Two of her favorite things are pictures of herself and balloons. I made sure we had plenty of both. I used the invitations as my inspiration for the rest of the decor.

You can't have a party without the birthday girl. This is about the best picture of her birthday outfit I have. I made this for her to wear and it looked so cute on her. It's a top and bloomer shorts. I made the top reversible so she could actually get more wear out of the outfit. I hate making things that will only be worn once.

This is a good time to warn you of picture overload.

There are a lot.

Be prepared.  

 There were two pots filled with balloons and pom poms.

This little set up was our greeter. If a chubby baby on the beach eating sand doesn't get you in the mood to party then I don't know what will!

When the guests arrived I had them sign a picture frame so Sadie could keep. I had originally planned on them signing a mat that would go around this

*this printable was custom made for Sadie so it is not a free printable*
but if I did that I wouldn't be able to display it and I really wanted to show it off. It is so fun and colorful. It has Sadie's name and birth date on the bottom.


Dessert Menu:


White chocolate party mix (aka white trash) :)

Rolo brownies

Lemon Squares

Turtles (my mom makes the BEST turtles)

Cake batter dip for fruit and animal crackers

Chocolate pretzel buttons



Capri Sun

Capri Sun was added to the left of the dispenser after the picture was taken. Also I should note this is Chick-fil-A lemonade. One of the highlights of the party.

You can't have party without little-people chairs.

I should mention two things here. First is that this name banner matched her outfit. :) It's hard to really see it in pictures but it is one of my favorite party decorations.

The second is that my sweet photographer also offered to make a video slide show to play throughout the party. It was so good! It was 17 minutes long and had all "sunshine" songs on it. I did the ugly cry the first time I watched it.

These are Sadie's monthly pictures. I loved having these to look at. She has changed so much throughout the year.

 I told you I had a lot of pictures of Sadie around the house. There were even more canvases on different walls. I found it funny that several people thought my parents kept these pictures up all the time. They do love Sadie but they don't have 150 pictures of her around their house on a regular basis.

This is the banner on her high chair.

 It was very nice outside but also windy. Many of the guests spent their time eating outside.

I had bubbles outside for the kids. This was a big hit. It kept them entertained.

I just noticed the runners are crooked. This will bug me for the rest of my life.

Favors for the kiddos:

Gold Fish

Capri Sun

Sidewalk chalk



Sand pail

Favors for everyone.

This is a terrible picture I took but it is the only one I have showing both cookie designs. I couldn't leave the chevron ones out. The cookies were so perfect! They were also another favorite of mine. I had a lot of favorites, can't you tell?

This pretty much sums up the party decor. I know you are dying for more pictures because this post barely had any. :)

Next post will be about the birthday girl.

To be continued...

Custom made applique for Sadie's shirt: Applique Frenzy

Sunshine Party Printables: Tricia

You Are My Sunshine Lyrics (Printable) and water bottle label tutorial: Sara

Professional Photography: Ashley


Lauren said...

LOVE it ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Lacy said...

You did an amazing job on everything. It's all so cute!!! I love that picture with the lyrics & Sadie's name and DOB. Too cute

Love all the pictures of Sadie. I had to laugh that people thought your parents had that many pictures of her.

I'm glad she had such a wonderful party.. Wonderful party for a wonderful little girl. :)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

girl! you did an amazing job. i love it all! the details are perfect and it seems like such a happy party!

His Doorkeeper said...

Hillary, Sadie's party was over-the-top darling! So many details!! Love the theme and the colors. You are totally talented!!! Now, what will be the theme of her 2nd birthday?? LOL

Sadie is a blessed little girl!!

The Thomas Family said...

This is the cutiest party ever! So Pinterest worthy! You did a great job and Sadie girl will have tons of priceless memories!

The two in one dress should be a signature for you! Seriously! We love our winter one you made!

Taylor said...

You did do such a great job, and these pictures don't even do it justice because it was just so bright and cheery in person!!! Good job, Mama!!!

Faith said...

Absolutely amazing!! Girl, you did a fabulous job and I love every single detail. Your little sunshine is one lucky girl :) I will be calling on you when the time comes to plan my future children's parties. Love it all!!

Amy said...

amazing!!! you did such a great job! i'm so glad sadie's party was before laney's so now i can copy some of your cute ideas :)

Jodi said...

Everything looks amazing! You did such a great job and the photos are just great! Can't wait to see more of the birthday girl!

Jodi said...

What an amazing party! You did such a great job on everything! Can't wait to see pics of the birthday girl next!

Marcie said...

Love the theme!
Where did you find the you are my sunshine print that was on the front table? I love it!

Cindy said...

Love it all! You did such a great job. Can't wait to see more about the Party!

Katie said...


Jennifer said...

CUTE!!!! I'm so impressed!!

autumn23 said...

Love love your theme and decorations! You need to be a party planner. So creative. Your parents house is gorgeous!

Jenna said...

Absolutely perfect in EVERY WAY! Which is crazy since I could say the exact same about the birthday girl herself! Love ya'll!!

Rachel said...

What a CUTE party and theme!! I love it all!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely 1st BD party! The photographer idea was great. I love your parents house-especially the kitchen! I do have a question. I think it is the wall in back of the stove top (9th picture), there is a SS ? Is that a faucet? I can totally relate to your comment about the crooked table runners.

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Hillary!!! Oh my are party planner extraordinaire!! I don't know where to begin on my favorite details...the banner(s), colors, canvases, colors, the sunshine with the bow?! It's all amazing!

Susan said...

Awww. I love the birthday pictures. Can you post a link to the sunshine printable? I cant find it on Sarah's blog.

Anonymous said...

I really really really love the theme!! And little Sadie is a doll!