365 Days on Earth: a First Birthday Party

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Inspiration for parties, themes, and color palettes can come to me from anywhere. Sometimes I’ll get an idea in my head for a party and I won’t be satisfied until I make it a reality. That was the case with this 365 Days on Earth first birthday party. The idea first came to me while listening to Hullabaloo’s album, Shy Kid Blues, almost 3 years ago. Yes, that was long before my son was born, but I just knew I had to create a first birthday party theme based on Steve’s rollicking song about a year in the life entitled 365 Days on Earth (take a listen here for reference). Lucky for me, I did eventually get pregnant, give birth to a beautiful baby boy, and keep him alive for an entire year. Woohoo… party time!

Most babies probably don’t have their first birthday party theme picked out before they are born. Heck, most new parents probably aren’t thinking too far beyond the next feeding or sleepless night. I, on the other hand, could not wait to plan this party for Declan. I did wait until he was about 6 months old before I admitted to anyone else that I was already party planning though.

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I knew that I wanted the concept for this party to center around globes and to include lots of quotes directly from the song. I am fortunate to own a beautiful hand painted globe from Wild and Free Designs that fit perfectly with the theme and occasion. When I started pulling together a visual inspiration board, it became clear that I wanted to pair the globe with some modern black and white elements and maybe some hexagon patterning. I love how the blues, yellows, and greens of the globe came together with the black and white.

As with most of my events, I started off with the invitation design. Because of the unique theme, I knew I’d most likely need to design my own invitation. Luckily I discovered that Tiny Prints offers the option to upload your own invitation or card design. This discovery was great news for me! I loved being able to use my own printable design paired with all the fun options that they offer like different trims, papers, back side designs, envelope liners, pre-addressed envelopes, and personalized postage. While I was at it, I ordered some cute color-your-own kid’s Thank You cards so I was prepared after the party.

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When we first moved into our current home I was most excited about (1) the kitchen and (2) the built in shelves in the dining room. While the shelves usually house my cookbook collection and family mementos, I couldn’t help styling them especially for this party. I lined the back of the shelves with black and white striped paper before filling them with lots of fun decorations. My hand-painted globe was joined by a small collection of globes that I purchased at Cost Plus World Market. The trio of mini-globes is so cute! Photos of the birthday boy and coordinating party decor rounded out the shelf display.

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I used bold black and white stripes to set the backdrop of the dessert table. Layered on top of the stripes was a balloon garland to bring in some color. Every party needs a cake, and we had a stunning 2-tiered beauty. Jenny Wenny cakes managed to incorporate the stripes, world map, and a cool hexagon honeycomb pattern into one delicious cake. The crowning touch was a laser-cut acrylic topper boasting the theme of 365 Days on Earth. Incorporating custom cookies into my events has become a requirement for me. I’m always looking for unique ways to display the beautiful cookie creations, so this time I decided to hang them on an ornament stand. The idea was to make the Earth cookies look more like an actual globe and I love the results. NatSweets made so many fun cookie designs using my invitation design and the song lyrics. We also had some hand-painted globe gourmet apples. Roni’s Sugar Creations always takes care of the details and these apples were no exception. A little bit of glittery sparkle and pretty striped bows finished them off beautifully.

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Oversized engineering prints are one of my favorite ways to incorporate my printables into the party decor. This time I also used this product to create custom paper table runners for the guest tables. I’ve always loved the trend of the first birthday chalkboard statistics (height, weight, nickname, favorites, skills, words, etc.). I took this concept and turned all those fun facts into a unique table runner. I printed 2 on a 24″x36″ color engineering print and simply cut it down the middle to fit two tables. Blooms in yellow and white sat in the middle of both tables for the guests to enjoy.

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I love a good cake smash and I was really looking forward to seeing my son’s first taste of cake. The stage was set with some party streamers, a little ONE banner, and the same vintage wood highchair that we used for my daughter’s cake smash 5 years ago. Although I outsourced the other sweets for the party, I baked Declan’s little smash cake- banana cake with cream cheese frosting. He was pretty cautious when it came time to eat it. He seemed to like it, but I don’t think he was thrilled with all of the people watching him.

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Favors can sometimes be an afterthought for me, but this time I knew what I wanted to gift to our guests right away. It was important to me to send everyone home with some goodies from Hullabaloo since the band’s song inspired the party theme. Hullabaloo CD’s and Shy Kid Blues Coloring books were the perfect items to include from the band. I packaged them up in little black baskets from Oriental Trading and finished them off with crayons, globe punching bags, #1 balloon wands, and black and white lollipops.

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Concept, styling and stationery design: a la Mo | Photography: Stills by Hill Photography | Theme inspiration and favor coloring books and CDs: Hullabaloo Band | Invitations, thank you cards, custom napkins, photo decor: Tiny Prints | Favor packaging, tissue decorations, sunshine craft: Oriental Trading Company | Balloon Garland Kit: One Stylish Party | Declan and One Banners: Sweet Georgia Sweet | Cake Toppers and drink stirs: Jenn and Jules Designs | Cookies: NatSweets | Gourmet Apples: Roni’s Sugar Creations | Cake: Jenny Wenny Cakes | Flowers: Barney Design | The World is Yours Globe: Wild and Free Designs | Globe collection: Cost Plus World Market

 

 

 

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