Can I make a declaration to yall since we’re friends? I am SO HAPPY and relieved the big shindig/birthday party is over…now don’t get me wrong, it was so much fun planning and crafting and creating and brainstorming and baking, but it wiped me out and I am happy it was a success!
It turned out to be a beautiful day in Nashville, after the forecast had given me much anxiety, the clouds parted at just the right time, the temperature warmed up for some fun outside activities, and our birthday girl stole the show with her wild antics and sweetness. Here is a recap of Caroline’s Lucky Charm 1st Birthday Party! P.S. you can see my initial inspiration board for the party here.
First up, the decor…I went a little nuts when it came to decor and I know it. I started working on all the details way back in December, gathering bits and pieces as I saw them from local stores and I couldn’t resist. I made the rag garland for the fireplace mantle and the chandelier, crafted a DIY paper chain backdrop for the sweets table, decorated our favorite chalkboard with all of Caroline’s stats, painted “O N E” letters to serve as table decor, and added fresh flowers all around the house for some springtime festiveness and color. Mom was even kind enough to spray paint her wooden high chair pink for Caroline’s big smash cake fun, too!
Next up, the food…we made a few appetizers, desserts, and drinks for our guests to enjoy! Those recipes to follow in another post because most of them were great, as I made them the day before to help save time on party day. Mom made the party favors for everyone to enjoy, a Lucky Charm Snack Mix, and they were so tasty, addictive is a better word to describe them. We also rented a local food truck to come serve custom order hamburgers and french fries for the big day…Hoss Burgers was incredible and I cannot say enough great things about their service and helpfulness-they were lifesavers and made cleanup so much easier, not to mention I think Jeff was elated he wasn’t having to grill all afternoon! We also made a few shamrock shaped PB&J sandwiches for the little kids in attendance-wanted to make sure they were fed something they liked, too! As for the cakes, I ordered those from my favorite local bakery/restaurant, Puffy Muffin, and they sure didn’t disappoint-butter cream ruffled icing with strawberry cake…AMAZING!
On to more important things…our special guest, Miss Caroline Cate. She had a sleepover the night before at Mimi and Pappy’s house (thank heavens!) so we could finish everything before her “arrival”. In true fashion, she was having her morning nap when she got home, so we gave her a bit to get her beauty sleep in. Once she woke up and saw all our friends and family there, she was a ham (as usual) and ate every minute of her special day up. For those interested, I bought her mint green dress on Zulily, her white shoes are Pedipeds, and her pink bow came from a local store, The Plaid Rabbit.
It was a WONDERFUL day celebrating Miss Caroline’s 1st year… I might have cried a few times because I can’t get over the fact she is 1 year old, but it was a magical afternoon. We were so fortunate to have so many people surround us in support of our baby girl and we appreciated everyone travelling from near and far to come share the day with us!
Striped Candy Cups, Wooden Utensils: Shop Sweet Lulu
Paper Mache Lanterns, Tissue Paper Fans: Luna Bazaar
Tissue Poms: Pomtree
Chevron #1 Pinata: AbitaAchie
Personalized Birthday Hat and Bib: Dainty Couture
Washi Tape, Baker’s Twine, and Cupcake Liners: Cakes and Kids Too
Birthday Hat Sign: Brownyn Hanahan Art
Custom Invites and Party Swag (Food Cards, Favor Tags, Cupcake Tags, Etc): Nico and Lala
Custom Monogram Napkins: Katy’s Hallmark
Caroline’s Birth Print: Almost Sunday Inc
Local Food Truck: Hoss Burgers
Flowers: Trader Joe’s
Party Rentals (Chairs and Tables): Music City Tents and Events