Monday, March 11, 2013

You Are My Sunshine First Birthday

SO excited to share this birthday party with you today - partially because it was my baby's first birthday and partially because the You are My Sunshine theme turned out {so} sweet! Carli over at DimplePrints created a custom printable package that helped bring this precious theme to life and Linsey with the Hunniepot added the perfect finishing touch with her amazing custom cookies! Which, by the way, you have a chance to win today!! Details on the giveaway at the end of this post.

First, guests were greeted with this adorable (and easy!) ribbon wreath. I simply wrapped a dollar store foam wreath with about three yards of 2 inch ribbon and embellished with a fabric flower and paper "H". The little ones all received a special favor and a party hat upon entering. 
I used a grey bookshelf from our home to set the favors and party hats out on, then embellished it with some mini pennant banners and pictures of the birthday girl. I layered the circle cutouts from the printable package on white doilies and tied them together with yellow ribbon. 
The party was a mid-morning brunch, so we served a variety of easy breakfast foods, including mini bagels and cream cheese, doughnut holes, blueberry muffins, quiche and cheerios and raisins for the little ones. I wanted to be able to prepare a majority of the food ahead of time so that we wouldn't be scrambling that morning and I could focus on the birthday girl! 
I love how adding a few embellishments or new packaging to ordinary foods and beverages can make them seem so special. My kids thought the little bags of cheerios were the coolest thing ever, even though they are used to eating them regularly. I'm a huge believer in finding creative ways to make affordable food beautiful.

Apothecary jars are always a useful and appealing addition to a food table. I created some extra height with an old mail scale and tied it all together with a framed "Little Sunshine" print from the printable package.  
These gorgeous chevron cookies were courtesy of Linsey from The Hunniepot. They tasted delicious, came in adorable packaging and were some of the most professionally decorated cookies I've found (and I've been on the hunt for a while!). And today, you have the chance to win a jar full of Linsey's adorable mini Easter cookies!! Easy entry at the end of this post.
These simple vanilla pudding shots were a huge hit. We filled them 3/4 full of instant vanilla pudding, added a squirt of whipped cream then topped them off with a vanilla wafer. Really easy and really yummy!
My absolute favorite piece of decor was this custom window panel I designed. I used my Cricut to cut out the "Havyn, You Are My Sunshine" lettering and glued them to the back of each panel. It was the perfect backdrop! I also love how we were able to incorporate a really modern print like chevron stripes with a softer, more vintage feeling pattern like gingham. 
Carli always includes an amazing variety of printables in her party packages, so I was fully equipped to carry the theme throughout the space! We had several signs framed around the house. I used the custom paper to wrap mason jars for flowers and to create mini pennant banners.
My mother made the matching highchair cover and bib so that her "smash cake" pictures would turn out  just right! It was so fun to see our little lady being sung to and then watching her dig into her vanilla cupcake. Her little brother also thought it was pretty great!
Now for our giveaway! The Hunniepot is giving away a jar of their adorable mini Easter cookies to one lucky NBrynn reader. Enter below and be sure to share with your friends!!

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Vendor Credits:
Favors, Family accessories: NBrynn Designs
Custom Cookies: The Hunniepot
Printable Package: DimplePrints
Smashcake Photography Session: Shells Photography
Day of Event Photography: TJ Wood

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