6.23.2010

E's 1st Birthday Party: Decorations

We decided to have our little E's party a week early due to a few scheduling conflicts. That's alright by me. The longer the celebration the better! It's no secret that I love birthdays and think they should be extra special. Naturally, I felt that the occassion of my 1st born's very 1st birthday deserved nothing less than a stellar celebration. I put in so much work, and I can honestly say it was extremely stressful. I was given a little bit of a hard time about the extensity of the party. In my mind it had everything to do with how special my little boy is to me. I have waited just about my whole life for someone this special to celebrate, and I don't think I'll ever stop celebrating his life. Here's how it all turned out...

The Decor:


 The weather was predicted to be the perfect clear day for a swim. I had set everything completely up in the backyard by the pool and turned my back for a moment only to find everything had blown off, over, and apart. It turned out to be a fairly windy day, but still warm. The party was to be held at 1, and at 12:00 we decided to bring all the decor into the breezeway as to avoid the "breeze." I kept thinking to myself- "I will not cry over E's party." Needless to say I didn't have the time I needed to get everything finished and ended up with a full box of decor I didn't even use. Despite the weather upset, I'm surprised at how quickly we were able to re-decorate.

 I wanted to make good use of things I already owned, and create a very eclectic, whimsical, and boyish scene. I reused, recycled, and thrifted the crap out of it. The entire party cost me just a little over $100 bucks.

Circle banners were made with string, paper and a glue gun, and the pennants are made from newspaper. A little green, and a little different.
I used circus themed toys some of which E already owned, and some I found thrifting. All containers were found for $1 or less at the thrift store, or reused cans.
I made about over 2 dozen pinwheels from boyish and coordinating papers. I even used an already damaged Dr. Seuss book for some of them. I finished them each off with a vintage button.
  
I wrapped a formula can in tickets to hold some of the pinwheels

Frames from the thrift store, printed phrases.

Word to the wise: Don't ever try to transport cupcakes and expect them not to smash into eachother. We fixed them. :) The tray is a gorgeously modern CB2 lent out to me through my work.


These were the easiest cupcake toppers ever. I just glued a printed E onto the back of a ticket! We bought a roll of blank tickets for around 2 bucks and they worked wonderfully for all sorts of cheap decor.

I made the cupcake tray for under $5 with plates and candle holders from the thrift store.


 Lucky for me, there's a popcorn machine in the family. I added the chalkboard detail with chalkboard vinyl via Uppercase Living, and the tickets were put to use again hanging over some of the goodie bags.

Some of the goodie bags were made with the same Dr. Seuss book.

Nestled next to the popcorn machine was the simple popcorn set up.


I saw these boxes at the dollar store holding some caramel corn and thought they would be perfect. I asked the manager, and she gave them to me for free.
 How charming is this ferris wheel built from vintage Tinker Toys I was given at a yard sale last year? Thanks goes out to my brothers and dad for completing it.

This table cloth fabric was my inspiration for the entire party decor. It came in a random selection of fabric I purchased for $3 from the thrift store.


I printed the vintage lemonade sign and added cardboard/wire to create a sign. Cherries in the lemonade, and straws from the dollar bins at Target complete the table.






Over by the picinic/eating area, I hung a birthday banner using pages from letter books, and vintage/whimsical circus images.

Lastly, I had a thank you table with a tin full of favors, and a magnet board showcasing E's 1 year pictures.
The cute tin was from the dollar bins @ Target.


The board was so simple. I just wrapped brown paper around a strip of sheet metal and glued the "One" sign on to match the other signs I had framed.
Old Jam jar turned message bottle.

Phew! It makes me tired just thinking about all the preperation again. Tune in tomorrow for part 2!


Linking up here.

62 comments:

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

SOOOO cute. You're a rockstar. What a lucky kid to have a mom like you...

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Kate said...

What a precious party! The decorations are incredible!

amanda persinger said...

How fun!! Can't wait to see more ;)

Megan said...

I can't wait for part 2! This is so cute!

Michelle said...

ABSOLUTELY amazingly awesome. Love this!

the lovely paper shop said...

oh my goodness! I am dying over how cute this turned out! so so so creative! you should be a party planner---seriously!!!!

love it!!!!!!!

jessica.adams said...

So so so so SO cute! You are amazingly creative. Someday I may need to hire you to plan an event for me.
And I cannot get over how cute little E is in his suspenders.

Kristina P. said...

Sarah, you need to send this to the Hostess With the Mostest blog!!

Chelsea said...

Wow, what a party! I am so impressed by the craftiness of it all. So cute.

Lisa said...

Yup. My blog post the other day was TOTALLY ABOUT YOU...didn't know how much YOU it was. You rocked the crap out of that party. I love every single thing you did. I WANT A DO OVER FOR MY SON'S FIRST PARTY! DO OVER! DO OVER!

abby @ tales and trials said...

WOW! And there's more? You did such a fantastic job and I second the person who said you should be a party planner because you really should. I love the ticket cupcake toppers, the tinker toys ferris wheel, and the pin wheels. And my favorite part was your dot/circle garland. So CUTE! I may have to borrow that idea for a shower I am hosting in Oct. :)

Happy Birthday to your little one!

Amy R. Nelson said...

What a beautiful party! It looks incredible! I'm excited to see part 2!

Meg said...

You did such a great job!!! Turned out fantastic!! :)

www.meg-land.blogspot.com

xx

Lori V. said...

Sarah, The party was SO cute! I am so glad you got pictures of everything, because even though I saw it in person, there were things I missed, so I'm glad I got to see the pics! Thanks again so much for inviting us!! We had a great time!!

Annastacia said...

This is so cute! I absolutely love the theme and decorations! I am so sorry you got frustrated about the party! I am a perfectionist when it comes to hosting and it's no fun. But I am so glad everything turned out so darling!

The Two Savvy Sisters said...

Thanks for visiting I am your newest follower. Swing on by to join our BUZZ on by Thursday blog hop and Giveaway!! We also have a Party Link up to show off your party side every Wednesday. You can link up any parties, party decor, party printables, party paper items, party ideas, gift ideas, anything PARTY related!! I’d love to feature you and show off your fabulous parties so make sure you linkup!




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Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

completely amazing! you rocked that theme in the cutest way ever. i love all the simple and inexpensive ways you did it. you're awesome!! :)

Elizabeth said...

What a fun party! You did a GREAT job!

Judy said...

Stopped by for buzz on by Thursday and am now following you. What a beautiful job you did with this party!
Judy B., beachbird2

Pratishtha Durga said...

This looks awesome. I love birthdays too, and feel that they should be celebrated for as long as you possibly can.

You have put in so much effort into making this day special for your darling baby. great!

Kristy said...

You are so creative and frugal!
Your E is so sweet! I completely understand what you said about having someone this special to celebrate. I'm your newest follower! I found your site on Two savvy sisters!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

I LOVE all the thought and effort you put in. I also did a circus theme for my sons first birthday. Unfortunately it was prior to my blogging days and I didn't take pictures of all the special touches as I do now. He is a LUCKY boy to have a talented and adoring mommy.

Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

The Two Savvy Sisters said...

Thanks for buzzing on by!! I am already a follower, have a fabulous day!
Smiles,
Nicole

Katie Bug said...

Fabulous party! The tinker toy ferris wheel is my favorite detail!

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Okay seriously, not even my wedding looked this good.

Tara aka "Mama Koala" said...

Wow amazing. Now if you could come help me plan a bash for my little ones:-) Very creative!

Amy@TheCircusMcGurkus.blogspot.com said...

Wow, you are very creative and the decorations are so cute! We take a 'less is more' approach to birthday parties, but I think I will steal some ideas to decorate my son's room. :)

Natalie Jane said...

WOW. I mean WOW!!!!!

Jessica Hills said...

HOLY COW! You did SUCH an awesome job on this party! What a lucky boy!

Lanie Ree said...

Oh man! This party is fantastic (I'm talking perfect for a little boy!), E is adorable, and you look so pretty. I hope I look like you after I have kids (or before!).

Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session at Life in the Pitts.

Melissa said...

Wow, what AMAZING party decorations!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

What a fantastic job you did! Ilove the theme you chose! I bet a fun time was had by all! What an adorable birthday boy!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Coming over from New Friend Friday! What a colorful party all for under $100! Can't wait to see what you do next year!

Lanie Ree said...

I featured this today!

http://lanieree.blogspot.com/2010/06/featuring-you_25.html

kristen said...

Wow cool party! I am a new follower. Glad I found your site at NFF :)

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Yellow House said...

Visiting from NFF. What a wonderful birthday party! I love it all! What a lucky little guy! Happy Friday :)

Show Me Mama said...

Oh, my I am so excited that i have found your blog. I am in the process of planning my daughter's birthday party and I was looking for some kind ideas and searching everywhere for some great party ideas. And couldn't find any until now. Great job! Love it all. I am your new follower. Come visit me at http://showmemama.blogspot.com
That is why I love blogs so much! Great ideas and just sharing with other people.

chubskulit said...

Dropping and following from Friendly Friday. Hope you can drop by and follow back to one of my sites below. Thank you!

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Tere said...

Very cute and super creative ideas! I just threw my 4 year old a party....it's work isn't it?! You did awesome! Thanks for linking up @PonyTails&FishScales!

{ L } said...

Wow, every single element was perfect! It looks like so much work but it paid off beautifully. I love your style! This party is amazing!

Rachel said...

Oh WOW! What an amazing birthday. I'm totally blown away by all of the little details. Michelle from So Wonderful, So Marvelous emailed me about this party and I'm so glad she did. I would love to link to it if you didn't mind. I'm off to explore the rest of your blog.

Jen said...

Visiting from Tip Junkie! This birthday party is so adorable!! And all around 100 bucks?? Can't beat that! Thank you for sharing!

freckled laundry said...

So adorable! I might do with for my twins' 1st birthday! Thanks for sharing.

Jami
(found you through tip junkie)

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Way fabulous!! Great job on using all of your existing toys and ect. I love the red tickets!

Megan said...

Everything turned out SO CUTE!!! I'm so impressed. Great job, mama.

Julia said...

Oh, I love it! What a fun party and all of the little details are AMAZING! Using newspaper for the banner was such a neat idea!

~Julia

shelly @ the familyblt said...

What an adorable party!

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

That looks like too much fun! My little guy is turning one in two months and I was thinking of incorporating a circus theme. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! I love them!

Jessica Hills said...

Hey! I am featuring this party this Friday for FTF. I hope you don't mind! If you would like a Featured button feel free to take one!

Heather said...

Adorable! I saw you featured at Tatertots and Jello and had to come by because I'm planning a vintage carnival bday for my son's 1st birthday...thanks for the great inspiration and showing it can be done on a budget!

Stephanie Cameron said...

So adorable! I might borrow this theme idea for my son's 2nd birthday!

Hallie said...

Just stopping by from Tuesday tagalongs....love the blog and can't wait to explore it some more! It looks like the party was a huge success!! Please stop by and say hello or follow along on our journey too!

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Bird said...

HI Sarah!!

Stunning Blog and family btw!! :)

I can't believe this party cost under $100!! I'm in awe of the attention to detail!!

So much inspiration and great taste!! I LOVE IT!!!

Thank you for linking up your amazing party!!

Love,
Bird

oh, pls place the button or link on the post so other can join us too? Thanks :)

ashley said...

this is way cute!! i'm jealous.

Bird said...

Hey Sweetie!!

Featured your Party at Bird Crafts!! :)

Thanks again for linking up!

Love,
Bird

Michelle said...

I love all the little details! So many great ideas and its just plain adorable! Visiting from TSS - Party link up

Hannah said...

These are great images! I am planning a whimsical airplane party for my 2 year old and I thought that my ideas could not be executed well. When I saw yours you changed my mind since I have several similar ideas!

Kristin said...

What an adorable first birthday party! I'm planning a carnival theme for my son's third bday in a couple of weeks, and have some more ideas thanks to you! :) I love the cupcake toppers. Did you just use toothpicks?? They look great!

blesid said...

I realize I am leaving this comment months after the post, but I had to let you know how amazing your blog is, and I certainly hope you are following your dreams and sharing your creativity and getting paid to do it! Keep on!
Jules bles-id.blogspot

Christine @ Following Phubie said...

Wow! You did an incredible job with this party! The details are amazing. I would love for you to link it up to my party: http://phubie.blogspot.com/2010/10/get-link-party-started.html

Dale - 1st brithday party entertainer said...

Very creative. So many decorations. Very nice.

What About Brandie. . . said...

I am planning a Circus Carnival 2nd Birthday Party for my Daughter Tessa, scheduled for this December (2010). I simply LOVE the "Big Top Cardboard display boxes you found at your local Dollar Store to serve as a display/serving piece for your popcorn at your Circus party. I am DYING to have a few for my party, so I was wondering if you could tell me which Dollar Store chain you found them at? We are several here in the South. Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar & a dollar store called Fred's. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!