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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Claire's Colorful 1st Birthday Party

We could not have asked for a more beautiful day for Claire's 1st Birthday! Our home was filled with family, friends and the cutest, newest one year-old around. Life is good.

The party came together over time. You might remember me pinning and purchasing a Freckles + Kitty dress for Claire from Zulily when she was merely 3 month old. It was the inspiration for the party, and I was praying that it fit since she jumped up from a 10th percentile peanut to a 90th percentile big girl in the course of the last 9 months.

And it did! Here she is in the dress, hanging out with Great Grandma Rose at her party:

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Here are some photos of the party, and details of the DIY elements as well.

First the invites, designed by my talented Graphic Designer sister, Jessica:

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She also created these printable icons from the invite for me to use for cupcake toppers.
DIY Two-sides Cupcake Toppers How-To:
1. Cut out icons with a 1-inch circle punch
2. Cut brightly colored cardstock with a 1.5 inch scalloped circle punch
3. Use clear drying tacky/craft glue to adhere one icon to side one.
4. Use craft glue to adhere a colored toothpick to the side two, and cover with a second icon.
5. Let dry and have fun decorating!

Here are the homemade (from a box, don't get too excited) and hand-decorated cupcakes, with toppers on a Wilton 4-Tier Stacked Cupcake Tower.

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The edible colored pearls are from etsy seller, CupcakeSocial. The frosting is simply store-bought whipped chocolate and whipped white frosting (whipped is key for ease and fluff) piped from a disposable Wilton cake decorating bag with star tip.

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Next, we made Claire her own "smash cake" out of a giant cupcake mold. We topped it with a personalized cake banner using the same scalloped circles from above, silver alphabet stickers, some pink ribbon and two 6-inch bamboo skewers. The giant cupcake wrapper is lined with two coffee filters (to soak up any oil, etc), covered with pink tissue paper, and tied with an orange ribbon... complete with a #1 pink polka dot candle.

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We also used the same colored cardstock to make a banner for her highchair:

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And a close-up of her custom party hat from etsy seller, Dainty Couture:

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Her gift from mommy and daddy, an orange Nod Chair and personalized growth chart:

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We decorated our mantle with colorful polka dot fabric, a poster version of the invitation, colorful vases from her nursery, pinwheels (were going to be DIY but found them at Target around Valentine's Day instead) and we kept our Chicago/St. Louis decor in place to represent where she was born and where she now lives...

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Her monthly photos were displayed in our china cabinet with a yarn-wrapped "C":

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Coloring station for the bigger kids. Coloring books, stickers and pink bins all from Target's $1 aisle. We used our Crate & Barrel Table in a Bag (wedding gift) since it was perfect height for tiny tots:

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We also lined our walkway leading to the front door with pinwheels:

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And we had a favor table filled with grab bag goodies (this is an after photo, forgot to take a before):

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Put on your party hats, it's time to open gifts:

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And then there was cake...
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What a fun day!

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1 comments:

LC March 25, 2012 at 9:25 PM  

WOW! Looks like such an incredible day with such an adorable birthday girl. Great job, mama!!!

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I'm a St. Louis native, but I have been living in Chicago since 2005 and am loving every windy minute of it. I enjoy cooking (more-so eating), home decorating and really anything creative. I'm a supporter of DIY & handmade goods, a fledgling foodie and a connoisseur of kitsch. I spend my days filling online shopping carts, emptying them and repeating the process all over again. Most of all I love spending time with my husband, Dave, our first child, Claire and my dog, Louie.

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