Bluebird-Inspired Kids’ Birthday Party

Our little chickadee is turning one, so I’ve dreamed up a first-birthday party full of bold blue hues, soft pastels, and tiniest pinch of bird seed and lavender. Check out all of the details along with some tips on how to pull together for your own little chick…

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blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallChocolate-covered sunflower seeds keep card favors in place.

1. Choose one bold color paired with a complementary hue.
The easiest way to create a harmonious overall party look is to choose a focused color palette. I wanted to use bold, vibrant blues to celebrate Kate’s special day, so that was my starting point; I also wanted a cool palette to balance the summer heat, so I added soft lavender to complement the blue hues. Throwing an Elmo-themed bash? Go heavy on the red and toss in orange gumballs to punctuate the table. If your little one loves trucks, cover the table in a yellow table cloth and toss out black paper plates to look like wheels.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallSimple note cards and color-themed crayons make for an easy, kid-friendly activity.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallAccent a vase of blue cornflowers and anemones with a festive sticker.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallEmbroidery hoops make the perfect birdie perch (and feel fresher than bird cages).

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blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallPaper pins (made from stickers) become a bluebird on your shoulder.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall

2. Pick a favorite toy or animal to inspire unique details.
I chose a bluebird for my daughter and played up the bird theme: I mixed candy-coated sunflower seeds in the “bird seed” favors, white meringue nests, and vibrant sugar eggs for a more unusual pop of color. If birds aren’t your thing, look to other animals or toys: perhaps black and white spots with grassy green for cows, or scallops and graphic circles for a goldfish theme. It simplifies everything if you start with a single theme and build an idea around it.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall
blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallA little bluebird nestles in a bunch of lavender stock flowers.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall“Bird seed” snacks were passed out as favors; they were made with raw and candy-coated sunflower seeds.

3. Work in a sticker!
The humble sticker can give you a lot of bang for your buck. I’ve used them in obvious ways, like affixed to favor boxes, but there are so many fun and unexpected ways to feature them. I attached stickers to a toothpick and stuck them on a little bird to look like a celebratory “chirp!” I also attached them to skewers (to liven up a vase of flowers) and affixed them to pin-backs to make a simple button for party goers to pin on their shoulders.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall, marbled fondant cupcakesMarbled fondant-topped cupcakes are actually easy to make—click here to see how I made them.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall, lavender sign holderSprigs of lavender in a Moroccan tea glass makes for a pretty sign display. 

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallThese chic thank-you notes have a cool melted-popsicle vibe.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallPick a typographic art print for a personality-filled first birthday portrait.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall, personalized gift wrap
blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall

4. Create a focal point in your party space.
To keep myself sane during party set-up, I’ve learned (through much trial and error) to keep things tightly edited. Instead of decorating an entire room (too daunting!), I pick one space and build it out with a few key details. Think: A small wall to add a framed print or a single tabletop to serve as the focal point in a room. Sometimes I can get a bit carried away with ideas, but by working in a manageable space, the decorations can be simple or more elaborate, yet still highly doable.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallPaper-wrapped ice cream cones topped with an edible flower.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall
The “nests” at each place setting are entirely edible! They’re actually meringue sugar nests cradling a gumpaste sugar egg.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall
blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallKeep florals simple by choosing one bloom, like lavender stock, and using it en masse. 

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hallA tiny faux bluebird perches on the birthday cake.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall

5. Send guests home with a meaningful favor.
Ditch the tchotchkes and consider making a donation to a favorite charity in lieu of party favors. Given our bluebird theme, we made ours to the National Audubon Society. If your child is old enough, encourage him or her to choose a cause they care about; at the party, be sure to include a sign explaining the donation to guests.

blue bird first birthday for minted by kelli hall

Resources:
Blue linen shift dress
Mini blue jay
“Dandelion” table runner
Stickers
Chocolate-covered sunflower seeds
Plastic milk bottles
Indigo beeswax candles
Marbled balloon
Party blowers
“Night Cap” art print
“Happy Camper” art print
“Asheville Artisan” wrapping paper
“Watercolor Dip” personalized stationery
“Simply Stated” sticker
“Bold Initial” sticker 


More Party Ideas from Kelli Hall:
Baby Shower Idea: Tropical Jungle
How To: Host a Spring-Themed Brunch
How To: Host a Sweet Cookie-Decorating Party

More from Minted:
Kids’ Birthday Party Invitations
Art Prints
Personalized Stationery

Find more of Kelli on her blog.

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