Sunday, March 27, 2011

Daisy's First Birthday Party!! - Part 1 Decorate

I have SO many pictures from Daisy's birthday party this past Saturday. I took a bunch of pictures of all the decorations before everyone arrived and then during the party my hubby and hubby's sister took all the rest for me so I could focus on enjoying the day. I am so thankful that I have all the party pictures that I do but, I was itching to take pictures the entire time to be honest. It was quite a challenge not to pick up my camera and get lost in taking pictures because after all that is what I do! lol. I'm very happy that I could focus on Daisy as she was having a tough day and she did not want to leave my arms. She never has tough days really but, she was sick again due to teething and she got a few boo boos during her party which upset her quite a bit. She was a trooper though and got through the party like the little champ that she is.

It was so wonderful to have the help of our family before the party. They prepared all of the food (my LEAST favorite part of party planning!!) and also helped dust my house and wrap our presents! haha Yup, you gotta love the awesome help of family!

Our neighbors and friends also joined us for the fun celebration. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate Daisy's first year of life and our first year as parents! We survived and loved it!!! Thank you sweet Daisy for bringing us so much joy!

Now on to the party decor. I LOVE following party blogs so I knew I had to at least try to make Daisy's party look cute!! I had a small budget but, was very happy with how it all came together. Pink wrapping paper, tissue poms, white cardboard cutouts and cheap carnations go a long way in sprucing up the feel of a little girl's party! The 99 cent store was another awesome pit stop for party plates, cups, napkins, decorating supplies etc. I would say the food was the biggest expense but, I do want to share that Wal-Mart has the most delicious meat and cheese platter that you order in their deli section. It can feed up to 35 people and it is very affordable!

I am going to share a video tutorial later on about how to make the tissue poms. I know a lot of you probably already know how to make them but, I had a lot of people ask me about them so stay tuned for the video if you are curious:-) Quite simple and so cute!

The theme was simple: pink and white polka dots!






I had intended to make several more tissue poms to hang over the snack table but, the time just flew the morning of the party and it was one of those things that was just not worth getting stressed over. I was okay without them.
Daisy loved getting into the ice in the drink bucket!
So thankful to my mother in law for taking these pictures of us. Love them!

I have fallen in love with the cupcake toppers I have seen on party blogs. These were really easy to make. A little time consuming to cut a bunch of circles but, very worth it. I LOVED how the cupcakes looked with these sitting on top!
I traced the bottom of a large bowl to get these big circles for this banner. My hubby kindly printed these words off for me to tape onto the giant circles and then I turned them into balloons and LOVED how it turned out. So cute and so simple!!

Daisy didn't smile a whole lot at her birthday party which is so unlike her. I knew she must be feeling really lousy if she looked like this all day. Poor little boo boo.
I bought some tulle and decorated her high chair with a tutu. You can never go wrong with balloons. They add a nice party touch and are super easy!
This is the hutch that my hubby and I worked on for almost 2 weeks and boy does it look SOOOO much better now. It is so fresh, white, clean and now the beadboard behind it really perks it up. It was open before and I never cared for it. I will be sharing before and after pictures soon! I realized that for being a photographer I have been horrible about putting my pictures around the house. IT was really fun to finally print them off and see them all over. Loved seeing my sweet Daisy girl all over our house! hehe

These Daisy's were originally supposed to be clipped on to Daisy's high chair but, I liked them on the hutch so much that I left them there. They added a nice bright punch of color!
Our entry was a simple little photo display but, a sweet little touch as people walked in the door. And that's it for the party decorations! Thanks for checking it out! If you have any questions feel free to ask in your comments. I really enjoyed decorating for Daisy's birthday. I spread it out over two weeks so that I wouldn't get stressed out. My motto is this, "If it causes stress, it isn't worth it," and I really do live by that! I decided not to swirl frost my cupcakes and didn't make all the tissue poms I intended to because I was starting to feel rushed on her birthday. I said to myself, this isn't worth it. If I lose it then I have lost sight of what matters today. SO letting some things go is good.


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29 comments:

  1. Beautiful, beautiful decorating!

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  2. WOW WOW WOW! Can you come decorate for MY birthday? Seriously, so cute! I love seeing all the photos of Daisy too...my how she has grown:-) Love your family photos, what a wonderful family you guys are!

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  3. You did a super fantastic job!!!! Her party looked amazing!!! Are you going to post the pics taken during the actual party of her opening presents & such - I'd love to see those!!

    AMAZING! It's all looked perfect!

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  4. It looked amazing! I love all of the pictures of Daisy around the house, too. Will your tutorial be your "how to" vlog this week?

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  5. Casey, wow, I think I want to hire you for my kid's birthday parties, this was amazing! You have been one busy Momma. Love it all, good job!

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  6. Great job on the decorating Casey and Joey. :-) And could little Miss Daisy look any cutter? Seriously, I love the whole outfit...from the headband down to the shoes. Happy Birthday Daisy!!!!!

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  7. Hi *waves* I'm a new follower! Love the pictures you take!
    and completely love these decorations! Lucky little Daisy!

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  8. Straight from a magazine! Gorgeous! I love seeing all of Daisy's pictures printed out. WOW! That's all I can think...it turned out super cute and pretty!! I hope she is feeling better!

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  9. You did such a fabulous job with the decorating...I love it! Your so very talented. If we lived closer I'd ask you to come help me decorate my little apartment. :)

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  10. so super cute. i LOVE the photos clipped to ribbon idea.

    Also, lets have a moment for your hutch... I cant see the whole thing but I think I am in love with it.

    CUTE.

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  11. You did such a wonderful job planning and decorating!! Beautiful photos, too!! Looking forward to pt. 2!

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  12. how stinking cute! so much thought into ever little detail! you must do interior design or SOMETHING! lol i vote you decorate my daughter 2nd bday :)

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  13. Love all the decorations!! So pretty! You have a beautiful home too =)

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  14. You did a great job decorating! Can't wait to see the next part!

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  15. um woah. amazing doesn't even describe!

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  16. Great pics!! I love all the decor and can't wait to watch the video tutorial on the tissue poms. What great ideas you had for decorating.
    <3

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  17. Everything looks absolutely beautiful - you did a great job capturing it all!

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  18. Goodness, Casey! I love everything about it. Wow...so, so sweet.

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  19. Oh goodness these pictures are absolutely beautiful! I love the family photos! I also love the one of you two which should be framed! You decorated everything so beautifully! The treats look delicious! Fabulous decorating mommy! Happy birthday Daisy! :)

    Mama Hen

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  20. Love LOVE Love!!! You did an awesome job on all the decorations!!! I also love the hutch!!

    Happy Birthday Daisy!!!

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  21. Y'all are the cutest family ever...seriously! I think that this is what heaven will look like...pink and delicious! God has to love pink...He made so many girls that love it!

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  22. Wow! Those are beautiful decorations! I love how you took a simple pink and white polka dot theme and got so creative! Daisy looks sweet and at peace, even without the smile. She's absolutely precious and what a wonderful 1st b-day party you guys threw for her! She'll enjoy the pics, esp. as she gets older :)

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  23. what a beautiful party! Love the decorations. And great family shot. Thank goodness for family!

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  24. Beautiful decorations! We hung KLV pictures like you did (Kelle Hampton idea). I'm sure it was a great party. So sorry Daisey wasn't feeling well...hope those darned teeth give her a break soon.

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  25. Adorable party! My baby girl will be 1 in almost 2 months and I think I am going to steal some of your ideas :)

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  26. Oh my goodness. Love these. Can you come decorate for Carsyn's and take photos for me? Please! ha ha. You did a great job! I might borrow a few ideas.

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