Birthday Party ~ “Hearts” Theme

Today on the blog, I thought I would share some images from our daughter’s first birthday party with you!  Hold on, did I really just type that?  How is it possible that an entire year has passed since we brought our sweet baby girl home from the hospital??  Excuse me while I go find a Kleenex.  Or ten…

Since it was fairly close to Valentine’s Day and because we love our little girl so much, we decided to decorate with a “hearts” theme for her party!  Below is a shot of the buffet table and some of the decorations.  We held the party at the home of my best friend, since the “box monsters” in our garage have somehow managed to migrate into our living room…  They appear to be on a mission to overtake the entire house.  I’m not a real big fan.

To go along with the hearts/love theme, the colors we used were red, pink, magenta, and purple.  I have to admit, a number of the decorations came from the dollar store…  What can I say, I’m a gal who loves a good deal!  For your party-planning pleasure, I’ve included the full menu and a complete list of decorations at the end of this post.

Here’s a little tip when speaking with your baker or cake decorator…  Be sure to let them know the exact colors you would like on your cake.  I was surprised to find that the cake I ordered had pink, bright orange, and pea green on it, when I had actually ordered a cake with pink and red accents.  I was a little disappointed with the “construction orange” frosting, but neither our 1-year old nor her guests seemed to mind…  :-)

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the favors!  Aren’t they purdy?  I made ‘em myself!  I’ll write a little tutorial on how to make these at the conclusion of this post.

This pink punch turned out great and the recipe was so simple.  It’s just equal parts Sprite and Simply Lemonade juice (pink raspberry flavor).  This picture was taken before the party began, but I also put raspberries in an ice cube tray, filled it with water, and made cute little raspberry ice cubes to put in the punch.  Those were a big hit.  Since it wasn’t berry season, I saved a little money by using a bag of frozen raspberries.

Presents!  And, equally as important to our 1-year old, TISSUE PAPER!!

Two beautiful bouquets of flowers sat on the main buffet table and included daisies (dyed bright pink/magenta) from Costco, as well pink, lavender, and purple carnations from our local grocery store.

Here’s our daughter enjoying her special day!  Happy Birthday, sweetheart!!

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  :)  Here are all of the details from the party…

The Menu:

  • Sandwich fixings – meat (turkey, ham, and roast beef), cheddar and Havarti cheese slices, wheat & white bread, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomato slices, and red onion slices
  • Sourdough bread bowl (hollowed out) – served with spinach/artichoke dip from Costco (YUM!) and La Panette bread slices
  • Vegetables (sliced and served with Ranch dip) – carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, red and yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini
  • Fruit (sliced and arranged on a 3-tiered glass cake stand) – strawberries, grapes, pineapple, honeydew, and cantaloupe
  • Chips and dip
  • Chocolate-covered pretzels (pink and white)
  • Assorted Valentine’s Day heart-shaped candies and chocolates
  • Pink raspberry punch, coffee, and soda pop
  • Birthday cake and a special “smash” cake for our daughter
  • Vanilla bean ice cream

Dollar Store Decorations:

  • Red metallic hearts (taped to the window)
  • Smaller, sparkly foam heart stickers (also on the window)
  • Pink, red, and white streamers
  • Glittery “scatter” hearts (spread around the tables)
  • Cupcake wrappers (used on the lids of the favors)
  • Two red, glass heart-shaped bud vases (on the long table)
  • Several red and clear heart-shaped food dishes (glass and plastic)
  • Paper plates and napkins with a heart design
  • Red heart garland (above window)

Other Decorations:

  • The red tablecloth on the main table belongs to my Mom and the light pink one on the gift table was my Nana’s (my late grandmother)
  • Pink, red, and purple balloons (from the florist in our grocery store)
  • Magenta glass vases (two tall ones on the long table) – I found these marked down from $18 to $6 each at a costume/party store
  • Punch bowl (borrowed from my Mom)
  • Two big bouquets (daises and carnations) – these types of flowers are also nice because they will last for a while after the big event

Party Favors:

  • Glass baby food jars (these are great for all kinds of things)
  • Cupcake wrappers
  • Sparkly foam heart stickers
  • Ribbon
  • Glue stick
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Candy (we used heart-shaped Dove chocolates and several Valentine’s Day M&Ms)
  • To make the favors, wash the baby food jars and lids thoroughly.  Set these out to dry completely before adding the candy.  Once they are dry, fill 1/3 of the way with M&Ms and hold 1 Dove chocolate securely in place with your index finger while filling the jar with 1/3 more M&Ms.  Repeat the process by holding a second Dove chocolate in place on the opposite side of the jar.  Finish filling the remaining 1/3 of the jar with M&Ms.  Now, that’s the scientific method (since I tend to be a perfectionist, that’s how I made them), but you could just pour in some M&Ms, slip in the Doves, and call it a day!  :-)  Next, screw the lids securely onto the jars.  Use a glue stick to attach a cupcake wrapper to the top of each lid.  To better hide the baby food logo on the lids, you can double-up the wrappers by gluing two together.  Attach a thin ribbon around the lip/edge of each lid with a few dots of Elmer’s glue.  Finally, attach a sticker to the top and they’re ready to go!  Helpful hint: keep a bag of candy within reach at all times when making these favors.  You don’t want any of your guests wondering why their jar was half empty…  ;-)
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