First Birthday Party

I just can’t believe it!  Adalyn is one!  This “1” wreath marked the occasion.
Vintage doilies served as placements for the birthday cake, plates and napkins.   A mix of white cake stands and platters were used along with a painter’s canvas for a soft, yet rustic look.  The monogram wreath made a great backdrop.  The dessert table included cake pops, meringues, sugar cookies, brownie cupcakes with peanut butter cream cheese icing {embellished with little “1”‘s and “A”‘s},  donut holes and of course, cake!  

I envisioned a simple cake loaded with Creative Candles for a pop of color.
This favor bag project proved that creating something beautiful, doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult.  I adhered paper doilies with a glue stick to kraft lunch bags that I cut to the appropriate size.  Filled with treats for the lil ones, these bags stand out from the party store variety and cost just $3 to create.

Favorite photographs and milestones hung from an empty frame – a quick and easy diy project.
A slideshow of Adalyn’s first year played to showcase her and minimize the television.
The mantle was adorned with eyelets and ribbons.
To allow my guests to easily serve themselves and to better allow me to engage with my guests, I like to set up a beverage bar.  I display everything needed for guests to help themselves.  For this bar, I did a signature drink-grape punch as well as water.  I completed the bar with an ice “bucket”, scoop, dry erase marker {tags}, and glasses.

I wouldn’t leave you without the recipe!
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I took Adalyn’s photos monthly to watch her growth through the first year.  For more ideas on how to commemorate your baby’s first year through photographs, click here.
Thank you to our beautiful daughter for an amazing 12 months!

Julie Blanner is the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.

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