Nov 18, 2012

My Only Sunshine First Birthday

You don’t have to make birthdays a huge fuss. This 1-year-old’s birthday is a perfect example of taking a simple design concept and utilizing it in all aspects of a party without blowing the budget or going over-the-top. Back in September, we were invited to Lee’s first birthday, son of Gretchen and Bryan. I swear, September and October are crazy months for weddings and birthdays. I think we had celebrated 12 birthdays between the two months! Well, birthdays for little kids are the best. They run around for a hour or so, open lots of gifts, get messy from eating cake and then pass out. Sounds like a great birthday, huh!? Lets take a look at all the wonderful little details in Lee’s adorable “My Only Sunshine” themed party.

Meet some of the important little people of the day. The birthday boy Lee in his white polka-dot navy blue bowtie, Ely taking a bite of her cupcake, Emery running around laughing and Kiernan looking like a gnome.


Walking right into the foyer, Gretchen set up a “Thank You” table for guests. She inserted lollipops in a styrofoam block for them to stand upright. The tags on the lollipops said “Thank you for brightening up my day!” Right off the bat, you get a since of what the theme was all about. All the graphic details were from Totful Memories, an etsy shop. Gretchen purchased this DIY printable party package. All she had to do was print out the labels, cut them out and arrange them accordingly. Amazing idea for those looking for a cohesive design.

Set at a different table, Gretchen provided little cards for guests to write a birthday wish for Lee. They would place their wish for Lee in the mason jar. She incorporated more of the yellow, black and white stripped/chevron design here as well.

At the mantel aka the birthday gifts and card area, Gretchen decorated the space with handmade pom-poms out of blue and yellow tissue paper and a “Lee” banner. Simply beautiful!

Of course, a party isn’t complete without food! The party took place in the early afternoon, so it was very fitting to serve sandwiches, fruit, dips and salads. It was a great spread. She had a wide assortment of cheeses, breads and meats. Guests could help themselves to as much food as they wanted. I know I had my fair share!

Saving the best for last, here’s Lee’s birthday cake and cupcakes! I just love how the cake and cupcakes were decorated with white frosting and a cupcake topper. The topper definitely stands out against the white frosting. The circle toppers either had a photo of Lee, his name or the word “one.” Even Lee’s highchair was decorated with an “I am one” banner.

Everyone sung happy birthday to the sweet 1-year-old. His mom helped him blow out his candle, but he had no help eating his cupcake. He enjoyed it so much! Thanks Gretchen and Bryan for inviting us to your son’s special day! It was a great celebration and beautifully put-together!

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5 Comments

  • totally adorable!!!

  • Wow, the party looks looks so put together! Great post!

  • Thank you so much again for documenting our little sunshine’s first birthday! It was such a special day for our family and I’m so glad you were able to share it with us!

  • The banner idea is really great and the cute little cup cakes are amazing. And I must not forget Lee’s highchair which was decorated with an “I am one” banner was unbeatable.

    • Isabel

      Thank you! Everything was put together so perfectly. The theme was definitely consistent throughout the party. Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment!

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