If you know me, you know how much Birthdays mean to me! In my mind, they are our own personal holiday 🙂 Young or old, they signify a milestone, and that should be celebrated! Whether a simple day with those closest to you, or a big party with lots of friends, whatever your heart desires, the day should make you feel special because it’s the one day out of the year that is YOUR DAY!
I have always dreamed of having a daughter, Greta was truly my dream come true! To top it off, she has seriously been the BEST baby a Momma could ask for! She is happy pretty much most of the time! Whether getting face to face time or playing independently, this little girl is just pleasant! I know I’m not being biased because babysitters, our church nursery workers and the YMCA staff all say the same…she is just a laid back, easy going baby! She has always been a good sleeper and eater, I’m telling you, she’s a dream come true! So I knew I needed to go big when it came to celebrating this little girls first birthday!
When it came time to start planning her party, all kinds of pretty, girly ideas started “growing” in my head 🙂 After our “Garden Family” Halloween costumes, and the “Trunk-Or-Treat” to match, I got the feeling that I should keep with that theme so I could reuse some of those props, ultimately making it easier on myself.
Well plant the seed and watch the ideas grow! “Greta’s Garden Party” was one of my favorite parties I’ve planned yet!
Every good party should start with a good invitation 🙂 In the past, I’ve made my invitations…yeah…with a two and a half year old and a one year old…not happening anymore! I know my limits, and I know when I need to give in to some help, and thankfully, I have Tiny Prints for that! I found the Big Balloon Day design and fell in love with the adorable simplicity of it! Paired with the matching Address Labels and the Pearl White Shimmer Envelopes, they were perfection that I couldn’t have crafted myself! Oh, and y’all know my hate of the post office…Tiny Prints had my back as always with these adorable One-derful Life Stamps! You’ll see that slogan keep popping up in my pictures…I totally borrowed it for the rest of the party 🙂 I got so many compliments on Greta’s invites, they were a huge hit!
My friend, Sandi, has the most creative daughters! They colored wrapping paper and recreated Greta’s invitation on the package! Seriously, how sweet is that drawing?! And good too!
Now for the details of Greta’s Garden Party! My absolute favorite part of her party decor was this “Watch Me Grow” flower pot decor! The idea popped into my head and I created it with my Cricut machine. I adore how it turned out! I hate taking those dang monthly photos once my babies become mobile, so it was nice to be able to actually use them in the decor since I worked so hard capturing them! This is where I reused all of my Trunk-Or-Treat decor as well!
This was so simple to create! I just got three long planters, filled them with styrofoam, stuck the flowers and critters in and covered the top with green shredded paper filler to look like grass! Ta Da! My masterpiece!
I decided to showcase our cupcakes in front of this decor, giving us a real garden feel!
We used Signature Desserts out of Brentwood for our cupcakes. This was my first time working with Nate, and he was truly a pleasure to work with! I explained my vision and he brought it to life! He also suggested these adorable seedlings for the mini cupcakes, which I 100% fell in love with!
Aside from the aesthetics of the cupcakes, they were down right delicious! We went with Nate’s signature flavor, a lemon cupcake filled with fresh lemon curd and raspberry preserves. He topped each with a raspberry buttercream flower in our jewel toned party colors! Check out Signature Desserts for all of your dessert needs, this man is real talent!
The other detail of Greta’s Garden Party that I absolutely loved was the food ideas and setup. With a “Garden Party”, it seemed only natural to have foods from the garden, so we had “Greta’s Garden Salad Bar” alongside a “Baked Potato Soup Bar”. This worked out great because my church is currently fasting and many of our guests were friends from church 🙂 I got a lot of remarks on how refreshing it was to have healthy food served at a Birthday party, to which I had to respond that the potato soup was in no way, shape or form healthy 😉
Since soup and salad cater more to adults, we also had Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly Sandwiches, Veggie Cups, and a Fruit Tray for the kids to munch on!
It was kinda ironic that Nashville was in the midst of a snowstorm days before the party! As I was crafting all of these bright flowers I would just laugh as I looked outside! I felt like our colorful decor was a welcomed change from the white outside!
Our Birthday Girl LOVED her party! She wouldn’t sit or stand still long enough to get a good picture of her, but is it weird that I somehow KNOW that she loved her dress? Like I felt like she knew it was special to be this fancy 🙂
She also loved her cake!
Our entertainment for the night was Music Man, Jacob Johnson. Jacob goes to our church and also performs a couple times a month at the school my son, Beau, goes to, which is how I found out he is the “Music Man”! He does a really terrific job with the kids! He sang silly songs with them and even let them play on some of his instruments! The kids loved it! It really was such a FUN night celebrating our FUN girl!
Before telling all of our friends to have a “One-Derful Night”, they received some treats from the Birthday Girl…who doesn’t like a little swag bag right?! I had so much fun coming up with garden themed goodies! We went with some Gummy Worms, Gummy Strawberries, Veggie Straws, and crayons to color in their thank you card!
Seriously, how cute are these Thank You Cards from Tiny Prints? They are the Springtime Thanks design. What better way to get a child on board with “Thank You Notes” than to make them fun for them?! And what better way to make them fun than to allow them to color all over them?! I loved this idea!
Another little treat for our friends were these “carrots”…I filled triangular bags with cheddar Pittsburgh Popcorn and tied the bag with a piece of green tulle. They were complete with the added Sweet Tweet gift tag sticker, which is also from Tiny Prints
We also gave out these colorful chocolate suckers my mom spent way too much time making 🙂
I’ll close this post with other photos and special touches that I loved from Greta’s Garden Party 🙂