First Birthday

So after months of preparation and lots of hard work, here it is! The final results of Elaina's first birthday!

Here is the invitation that I designed on my design software. We took the pictures a few weeks ahead of time in her birthday outfit. Then I matched the invite to her her outfit and party decor. And I used Vistaprint for my printing services. Their prices are great and they really do have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Here was the main food table. I made the tableskirt, with help from my sister, from tulle and stretch ribbon about six months ago for a baby shower. I figured I would get a lot of use out of it. And I did! I was so glad I had it done. One less thing to do to prepare. The backdrop was made from yarn looping on more stretch ribbon. It took FOREVER to make!

I decided to go cheap on the cupcakes. I bought cupcakes from Sams Club and then added my own sprinkles! 

I baked a jumbo cupcake for the smash cake. It didn't exactly turn out the way I wanted it to, but I gave up on the icing!

We splurged on personalized cookies by Kookie Kutter Cookies. She did an amazing job. I was so happy with them and they matched the party perfectly!

Another fun and easy project was the popcorn cones. I made them from scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby. I picked a bunch of fun paper and got to rolling! :) I thought it worked out great!

For favors, we gave little baggies of juice boxes, fruit snacks, and other little fun items like little pads of paper, applesauce packets, etc. 

The Little Red Barn had a great fireplace that made the room look homey. So I framed it with balloons and our first family picture!

I bought this tulle skirt for Elaina's high chair.

I used mod podge and glitter to decorate these mason jars. It took awhile to tape off the areas. I used streamers down the middle of the tables and bought mini pink pom poms for "confetti" or "sprinkles!" We put pictures of Elaina on each table!

We had a cupcake decorating table for all the guests. There are tons of new flavors for icing. I bought the plain base frosting by Duncan Hines and then the flavor packets  that you add to the base. Lots of different flavors! I put different kinds of sprinkles on the table as well. The kids loved it!

Lastly, we had a scrapbook table. The kids all made their own page and put their pictures on them. They will go in the end of Elaina's First Year Baby Album.

It was a great party. We had a big turnout and lots of fun! I can't wait to start her Two Year Birthday!

Color Assignment

So here's a color assignment we were given recently. Pretty easy stuff. Just mixing colors and applying our knowledge of complementary, analogous, and monochromatic coloring. But I thought it was kind of fun to explore images on Google to see what I could find. Then I used an old paint color deck to match the colors. Just to give an extra view of the exact colors.