Monday, February 4, 2013

Caroline's 1st Birthday...Party Planning Time!!

It's hard to believe that in a little more than a month, Caroline will be turning a year old...and yes, party planning has officially taken over at our house! I started thinking about a "theme" for her 1st birthday party months and months ago...you know, because normal people do that, right? ;) People may think I'm crazy for going over-the-top for my Sweet CC's first birthday, but Jeff and I discussed it and decided we'd go big this year and then tone it down for the few that follow...I hear that's what a lot of people do these days?
She is a St. Patrick's Day baby, and of course we thought it would be PERFECT for us to incorporate that into her first shindig in proper form! Given that I'm not all about the kelly green/scary leprechauns/Irish food, we went out-of-the-box a bit and came up with a fun theme of "Lucky Charm" to celebrate our sweet babe.
I started pinning all sorts of fun images to coincide with the color palette I was thinking...mint green, coral/preppy pink, and white. Fresh, pretty, and feminine colors for spring that we can do a lot with in terms of decor, food, and all the party necessities. Here is an inspiration board of what I came up with:
I then sent it off to the fabulous creative minds at Nico and Lala and they went to work. They are SO much fun to work with and they are geniuses when it comes to original birthday ideas and party planning! After a few rounds of drafts and revisions, we finally settled on the final invitation design and they turned out PERFECTLY...I love love love them! Here is a little sneak peak:
Next up, we are working on "party swag"...all the accessories and little details to make the party stand out with favor tags, labels, and banners! I'm stocking up on all the essentials to do some major crafting--oh DIY how I love to hate you--and can't wait to get my hot glue gun, scissors, paint, and other necessities out to go to town and make our home look festive for CC's special day! There is so much to tackle on my to-do list before March rolls around that I know it will be here before we know it.
Got any fun party ideas to share for favor ideas? Kid-friendly apps/finger food? Entertainment? Send them my way or feel free to share!!

31 comments:

  1. This is such a cute theme!!! I can't wait to see the finished product!! I cannot believe she's almost one already!!

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  2. Sooo exciting!! Where has the year gone!! We did a trifle dish of animal crackers and little nut cups of Cheerios and goldfish for the wee ones, I actually rented a mini kids table that was only 18inches off the ground perfect for the little ones to reach! Can't wait to see the party details:)

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  3. This is such a cute theme! Very original and still very girly and cute! I think you have some awesome ideas for her party and I love the invitation. Can't wait to see the pictures from her party!

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  4. OMG this is just so cute! i love the invites.

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  5. Love everything. Entertainment? Have a Songza dance party!!!!!! haha

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  6. Lucky charm is an adorable theme! The invites turned out to be beautiful!

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  7. Perfect theme, Love how the invites look and the saying!! It's going to be super cute, can't wait to see everything come together:)

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  8. what a cute theme, and I am obsessed with that invitation. Cutest one I have seen in a long time!

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  9. loving all the inspiration pics and that theme is adorable! I hear you on trying to decide on a theme! Avas is right behind Carolines and i think we have finally decided on a shabby chic bday. CANT WAIT to see her little party details... i know they will be fab xoox

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  10. Such a cute theme for her big party!

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  11. Looks like its going to be an adorable party! I am using nico and lala as well for my little guys 1st birthday in April! I love love them!

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  12. So cute! I love it and your color palette is PERFECTION!

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  13. I went big on my daughter's first birthday too. We figured the next big party won't be until 5 so why not! We did a lot of finger foods and easy fruits.

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  14. So cute! Didn't you crave Lucky Charms while you were pregnant also?

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  15. I can't believe she's almost one! Where did the last year go?! The party theme is precious! I love the colors and everything! Looking forward to see it all come together!

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  16. I have SO been waiting for this post! I can't believe Caroline is almost ONE! I love all the details and those invitations are PERFECT!

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  17. What an adorable invitation. Such a cute theme and love the color combo! Have fun planning!

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  18. Oh my goodness! This is SO cute and over the top, but you know, I love that! I think it's great to go big for the first one! I mean, I think it's mostly about the parents and the memories we make for our little ones than anything else the first time, right?! CC is a loved little lady, that is for sure! xo

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  19. So fun! Can't wait to see it all come together!

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  20. Love Nico and Lala- they have done such great job for a lot of my friends' kids birthdays! The invitation is darling!

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  21. So very cute & fitting for such an adorable little girl!! I'm totally picturing little pink snack cups filled with Lucky Charms cereal or even rice crispy treats made of that instead! How fun & festive! :)
    XOXO

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  22. aweeee!! her invites are super cute!

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  23. Such cute colors for the party! Can't wait to see more!

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  24. oh you KNOW I LOOOOOOVE this kinda stuff! I will be posting K's party tomorrow, and I have a sneak peek up today! Let's follow eachother on etsy, I'm sknoch then we will know eachother's great stores! I'm an ADDICT!! xoxo shel

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  25. I just can't..... CANNOT handle this!! What a perfect invitation! It's crazy to believe that her first year has flown by so quickly!! I can't wait to see what all you come up w/ for her party --- If I lived even remotely closer, better believe that J and I would crash the party! Hahah!. ;)

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  26. What a cute theme!! I love the colors and invite!!! What if you did a "photo booth" area with cute/fun props? We had an area set up so we could get pictures of Olivia with all of the special people in her life! I'm so happy we did that because the day flew by!!

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  27. What an exciting birthday - 1 year old! Love the invitation and inspiration photos.

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  28. It all looks so pretty and I love the Lucky Charm theme! So perfect! I cannot wait to see pictures form the big day!! Do you have a wishlist planned for CC? Do you guys know what you are getting her?

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  29. Oh, I just LOVE that invite! I just did a chevron + polka dot theme for my baby boy's first birthday party last weekend. I hope to do a post soon with all the details! I used lots of Etsy shops and Oriental Trading Co surprisingly had great favors, candy, even decor (lanterns, flag banners) at great prices! www.sandimcclain.blogspot.com

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  30. OMG...An exciting birthday party ideas with this cute theme and the delicious food..

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