Greetings from ONEderland! See what I did there? But seriously. You guys! I have a one year old. A sweet, giggly, intelligent one year old. My mind is officially blown.
Since I am a total dork and love a good theme (especially when it fits this well!) I had to have an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party to celebrate A's big birthday. I've known this would happen since before A was born, but it wasn't until the past couple of months that I actually began researching. I found a ton of awesome ideas on Pinterest, which I will link below for additional inspiration but most of the things I made I figured out on my own by simply looking at the photos.
In general it was a pretty great day. I was a little bit stressed out when we initially began planning the party because we have so many friends and family that we wanted to invite but we ultimately decided it was best to keep it on the smaller side for a variety of reasons. While we were sad not to be able to include so many of the people that we love, it really was a lovely day and I think A had an awesome time.
J let me sleep in an extra hour because I had been up until 2am finishing some last minute details. It was tough to get a lot of work done in the morning because one of us needed to watch A, so while J strung up tea cups and paper lanterns, I made our sweet girl some birthday breakfast and iced her smash cake (fresh whipped cream!). A went down for her nap right on target around 10am which gave us a good two hours to finish getting set up and get ourselves dressed. Luckily, we had a ton of help from our parents and everything came together on time. Prepare yourself because I am about to share a TON of photos.
We figured we'd keep it simple with a hots and hamburgers. We also had fruit salad, Vicky's Tabouli, Pasta Salad, Green Bean Salad and Mexican Baked Beans. We also had snack like chips, dips and salsa. I tried to decorate the deck with printable quotes from the book and has "eat me" and "drink this" signs in all of the food and drinks (more on those in another post).
For dessert we had Mad Hatter Cupcakes as per this tutorial. We also picked up some ice cream to go with the cupcakes but since the rain began when we were mid-cake smash, we forgot about the ice cream. Clearly, I'm devastated to have a surplus of ice cream that needs to be eaten!
While the deck was more of the tea party area, the patios had some decorations in honor of the Queen of Hearts (she unfortunately couldn't make it). I made centerpieces with jam jars from the Baby Sprinkle I threw a few months back. These held Roses that were painted red, a paint brush with red paint and cards, both in and around them. The card guys were inspired by this site. They weren't terribly difficult to make, just time consuming. and of course the card garlands.
The arrow signs were inspired by this photo. We strung up paper lanterns and tea cups and saucers (spray painted and adhered to each other by E6000 which is so crazy strong!). I also stacked some that you may notice in photos on the deck. I was inspired by this tutorial. Though I obviously did it my own way, it helped me open up my mind to ideas.
I got A's super cute, personalized onsie from an Etsy shop called Modella Baby. Lynnette was such a pleasure to do business with- she was a really nice person, the onsie came really quickly and was exactly as described. She even included a sweet, hand-written note wishing A a happy birthday. Check her out!
What is your favorite theme for a child's birthday party?
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