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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