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You Are My Sunshine Birthday

Becoming a mom has made me realize how much I love to party plan.¬†I never really had the opportunity before having my daughter, but it’s seriously¬†a blast crafting all of the party details and decorations. I was so stoked¬†to plan Olivia’s 1st¬†birthday! I’m sure I spent¬†countless hours of browsing the internet for party themes, but one in particular kept sticking out to me. When I was itty bitty, my mother sang “You Are My Sunshine” to me each night before bed, as I’m sure most moms did. Since Olivia has come¬†into this world, I’ve carried on the tradition of singing it to her¬†every night. While she now sings along¬†with me in her sweet toddler voice, I belted out the lyrics as loud as I could at her age, haha… my poor mom. This song has always held a special place in my heart and I just knew it would be the perfect theme!

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Her photoshoot was so much fun. And a little (or a lot) messy, but that’s the best part, right? It was actually the first time Livi¬†had ever tasted anything sweeter than¬†breast milk and apples. She wasn’t a huge fan of it at first, she ended up destroying more than she ate, haha. I just adore¬†the shot of the icing squished between those cutie tiny¬†baby fingers!

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Here’s how it all came together!

P A R T Y   D E T A I L S:
For our¬†entry table, I framed Olivia’s¬†party invitation, an 8×10 from her photoshoot draped in pretty pearls, and a cute “sunshine” print I found on Pinterest.

I decided to do cookies as our party favors for our guests that I ordered from a local bakery. They were DELISH. For the tags, I typed and printed out¬†“Thank you for brightening my day!” and punched them with a 2″ circle paper punch, gluing them over a 3″ sun. Use a small hole punch for the ribbon and tie them around your¬†cookie¬†bag. I think I may have snipped the tops off because the bags were a bit long. We’ve done “cookie favors” for all of Livi’s birthday¬†parties so far. Simple and super tasty party treats!

I made the layered garland using a Cricut that a family member let me play with. I love it so much, I think it turned out adorable. I hot-glued the shapes double-sided to some illusion cord that I had on hand and then hung them with mini Command hooks. It was somewhat time consuming, but definitely worth the effort.

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Dressing¬†up the¬†highchair for your little one’s big day is such a fun idea. For ours, I simply cut out¬†large triangles from cardstock,¬†gluing¬†smaller quatrefoil triangles¬†over them. I printed and cut out the letters as a stencil and¬†glued those as well.¬†With the same idea as the cookie tags in mind, a few sun details gave this mini banner that extra cuteness! If you’re liking the fabric bunting, click H E R E for a full tutorial on how I made it. They’re so easily customizable for any occasion and don’t require a lot of skill on the sewing machine. Seriously, anyone can do it — check it out! The large canvas with lyrics was something I recreated from an Etsy print that I had¬†to have, only it was much too small for the space I wanted to fill. So, I downloaded the same fonts and enlarged¬†the dimensions with Photoshop to fit my 30×30 canvas. I sent it down to a graphics store nearby and purchased a stencil of the full design. The hardest part of this project was painting 3 or 4 coats of yellow on this bad boy! I’m so happy with it though, we’ve had it hanging¬†in Olivia’s¬†bedroom every since.

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T R E A T S   &   E A T S:

Olivia’s birthday is at the beginning of April, so Easter is usually right around the same time. With that in mind, I wanted some fresh and spring-like¬†flavors¬†for our party menu. Each dish really complimented each other; everything was so yummy! The morning of the party, I was pretty overwhelmed with how much food prep still needed to be done. My lack of estimating how much time I had left to finish, definitely got the best of me. Without the help of my family and friends, I would’ve been running around the kitchen in a frenzy¬†trying to get it all done.¬†I was grateful to have a some extra hands to help me out! Here’s what our¬†menu consisted of:

  • Sunshine Chicken Salad Sandwiches cut in sun shapes
  • Truffled Deviled Eggs (Minus the “truffling” because we ran out of time. It happens!)
  • Mini Fruit Pizza¬†with Blueberries, Kiwi, and Strawberries
  • Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes with White Buttercream Frosting
  • Strawberry Vanilla Cake Pops
  • Banana Pineapple Punch

For some easy and darling¬†cupcake toppers, cut small strips of fabric and tie it around¬†one end of a toothpick. I’m totally digging the vintage look!

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For Livi’s cake, I used organic vanilla icing mix and strawberry cake mix. I colored the frosting to my liking and used a No. 21 Wilton star tip for decorating. I would say, she enjoyed this cake better than the first one! The before, and aftermath. How sweet is that frosting-covered baby face??

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I enjoyed planning this party so much and I’m thrilled¬†to share some¬†ideas with you all. The soft pinks and yellows were the perfect combination of pure sweetness. Out of her 3 birthday parties, this is still my absolute favorite theme.¬†I’m sure it has a lot to do with it being her first birthday,¬†but some very special memories were made that day. We sure are blessed with our little¬†angel!

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