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A Very Valentine 1st Birthday Party + 5 Planning Essentials

I’m awestruck as we round the corner into February; our little valentine is turning one! Though the weeks were sometimes long, year one somehow flew by. I look at Sylvia and think, ‘You’re not my baby anymore!’ Okay, okay, she’s still a baby, but not the teeny, tiny 7lb swaddled peanut she was a year ago. It’s amazing what a year can bring, and nothing highlights the passage of time more clearly than watching your child grow. Kelly from The Greenspring Home graciously invited me to join a talented group of bloggers in a ‘Valentine’s Day at Home’ Blog Tour, and it was perfect timing as I was just starting to scheme on Syl’s 1st birthday party plans.

Get scroll-happy here with lots of party prettiness and make sure to read through the 5 planning essentials at the bottom of the post. I used these as my go-to for pulling everything together.

Sylvia came into this world just over a week late on February 15th 2017. As she gets older, unless she specifically asks for it, we probably won’t do Valentine’s Day-themed birthday parties as we want her to have her own day that doesn’t get lumped in with V-day shenanigans. Let’s be honest though, at one year old, birthday parties are really more for parents and close family than they are for the babe-of-honor. Sylvia will love the spotlight, + her first real sugary experience, but whether we have a Valentine’s Day party or a Batman party, she won’t know the difference just yet.

Since her actual birthday party isn’t for a few weeks, this is a dry-run. Syl isn’t making an appearance today because I’m 100% sure she’s going to destroy her highchair party decorations, and call me a buzzkill, health-conscious mom, but we’re going to hold out on the sugar-overload until her actual party!

5 Party Planning Essentials

Let’s talk through the 5 party areas I spelled out for myself while working through party details. I found it helpful to define these areas up front so I could use them as a guide to keep me on track when knee-deep in the seemingly endless number of adorable decorations out there. Hopefully this is helpful if you’re planning a party too and aren’t sure where to start!

  • Theme. I don’t like the word theme for a party or in general, but I guess that’s what this is! I landed on a light pink, red, and white color direction + heart motifs and an overarching idea of simplicity. Then as I was hashing out the party details, I made sure to refer back to these specific elements.
  • One Statement Decor Feature. I created one cool decor statement, or as I was calling it in my head, An Instagrammable Moment, with the paper party fans. I used removable wall hooks and overlapped the paper fans at the left side of the room’s arch. Originally, I was going to do the entire arch (which would have been AWESOME!), but decided to show some restraint. I really like how it came out!
  • Party Food. We focused on sweets: cupcakes, fruit, and festive candies. To keep things affordable and easy, I made the cupcakes from a chocolate cake mix and used white pre-made frosting piped onto the cupcakes with a large nozzle/piping bag.
  • High Chair Swag. I wanted the gal-of-honor to have a fun spot to chow down on her birthday sweet, so I had a heart balloon filled with helium at the party store and tied it to the back of the chair, added a simple ONE banner to the front of the chair and made a party had from patterned paper + fuzzy pom. The banner is just cardboard letters that I found at Target Dollar Spot years ago taped onto string, and then taped to the chair’s tray front. Not a lot of fuss, but still festive and fun!
  • Supporting Decor. So after the first four bullet points were covered, I rounded things out with a few smaller details: A heart banner (Target Dollar Spot again!) on the table front, a white impulse buy cut-out bunting draped on the table, cute napkins, and a bouquet of flowers. We used the cake stands and plates from our wedding and our everyday silverware.

A. Heart Balloons  |  B. Coral Party Fans  |  C. Red Party Fans |  D. Striped Runner  | E. Faux Flower Bundle |  F.  Glass Cake Stands  |  G. White Folkloric Banner  |  H. Gold and Glass Vase  |  I. White Cake Stand  |  J.  Felt Hearts  |  K. Smiling Heart Napkins

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  • Reply
    Melle Blanche
    January 30, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Bravo !

  • Reply
    January 30, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I absolutely love all of the details! Your daughter’s 1st Birthday will be one to remember 🙂 XO – Kelly

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    Claire Staszak
    January 30, 2018 at 11:21 am

    So sweet Erin! Can’t believe this will be us a year from this month. What’s her bday? We are 3 days late over here and will be induced on Feb. 6 if she does not come…XO and enjoy the bday festivities!

    • Reply
      January 30, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Eeek! Claire, how exciting! <3 <3 Sylvia's birthday is Feb. 15th. We were induced on Feb. 14th a week after her due date. She came the next day: 2/15. Can't wait to e-meet (and hopefully eventually get to actually meet) your little love!

  • Reply
    January 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Its beautiful! Love everything you picked out, happy birthday to your little one!

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    Alyse Warren
    January 30, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Such a fun idea! I love how you incorporated your top party planning essentials, too. The party fans are my favorite and very fitting for a 1st birthday party! ENJOY!

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    January 31, 2018 at 12:38 am

    This will be one special party! I love the theme, you thought of every perfect detail.

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    Rachel McGee
    January 31, 2018 at 8:10 am

    This is the cutest, just the cutest!!! ♥️♥️♥️

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    January 31, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Erin this is fabulous! This will be a fantastic birthday party! Love your pops of color!

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    Courtney Davey
    January 31, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Wow, you did such a wonderful job! So creative and great photography!

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    Alma Arrieta
    February 1, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Aww loved it all Erin!! It’s perfect for a birthday too! I’m in love with the fan placement! Thanks for sharing 😍

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    Allison Meece
    February 1, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    So cute and such a great idea!

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    February 1, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    This is the sweetest first birthday party ever!

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    February 2, 2018 at 9:58 am

    What a lucky little Valentine! So adorable!

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