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…
Click through for all of the bluebird birthday-party details…
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.
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.
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.
Marbled fondant-topped cupcakes are actually easy to make—click here to see how I made them.
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.
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 linen shift dress
Mini blue jay
“Dandelion” table runner
Chocolate-covered sunflower seeds
Plastic milk bottles
Indigo beeswax candles
“Night Cap” art print
“Happy Camper” art print
“Asheville Artisan” wrapping paper
“Watercolor Dip” personalized stationery
“Simply Stated” sticker
“Bold Initial” sticker
Find more of Kelli on her blog.Comments Off on Bluebird-Inspired Kids’ Birthday Party