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A Butterfly Inspired 1st Birthday

Once the Holidays are past us, I love looking towards Spring! The glitz and glam of the Holiday decorations leave me yearning for clean, fresh, simple decorations that scream Spring. If you have Spring birthdays in your family, now is the time to start planning!

Butterflies are the perfect theme for a Spring birthday party. This darling invitation from Tiny Prints sets the mood for a whimsical party full of stylish details. Using shades of green, purple, pink, and a touch of blue as your color palette, define your party space by hanging these charming green dinner plates. (The vase of flower serves as a darling party favor too!)

Continue your decorations throughout the party by incorporating natural elements, such as grass and leaves. I love using boxes of grass as centerpieces for a party! (click here to see how I have used them before) To switch up the hanging decorations, try wrapping styrofoam balls with green raffia, or moss wire. Insert a few flowers, or wire butterflies for a little extra touch!

Chocolate butterflies are a festive addition to either a birthday cake or cupcakes. They are very simple to make (click here for full instructions) and will add a “wow!” to your party. Carrying the butterfly theme throughout will give your party a cohesive look….from invitations, to decorations, to your party favors. I love, love, love this display idea for your party favors. Classic containers are presented on glass cake plates covered with moss. Add in a few wire butterflies and your guests will be charmed by this whimsical display. Dress up your containers with personalized labels that coordinate with the darling invitation.

This butterfly party is the perfect way to welcome Spring and a festive way to celebrate a special birthday!

Images: hanging butterfly decorations (, invitation (, hanging ball decorations (, cake (, tutu (, party favors (

About the author
Settled near Chicago, IL, Kelly founded The Party Dress in 2009 while in desperate search of a creative outlet. Her social stationery company, WH Hostess, soon followed. Whether it's for the perfect place card or a modern theme for your next party, Kelly is the go-to girl for party planning ideas.
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  • Bibzees

    I love the butterfly theme for the first birthday, it’s very sweet like one year old baby girls!

  • Grace Hester Designs

    Lovely theme and the greens are such a nice alternative to all-pink or all-purple choices. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Heather

    I love this idea!! My daughters first is coming up. We live in MA and her birthday is in early March…any thoughts on if this would be silly with snow outside??? If so, anybody have any ideas???

  • Kelly

    Hi, Heather,

    I don’t think this would be silly in March AT ALL! By then, people are craving just a little hint of Spring! I think you could even take that idea and expand on it – make your theme the first signs of Spring – incorporate butterflies, tulips, pastel colors – could be really cute! Good luck and have fun!


  • sweet{love.}shop

    fun, fun, fun!

  • Lesley @ TheDesignFile

    What beautiful ideas. You always do an amazing job. Cheers!

  • The TomKat Studio

    Great inspiration! I’m *thinking* we’re going with a FAIRY (slight hints of Tinkerbelle) party for Kate’s 3rd birthday in March! She’s slightly obsessed with Tinker. I’ve been day dreaming about a green/yellow theme, tutus and wings for all the girls….

  • Little Apple Design LA

    These boards are really SO pretty and so inspiring. Kelly, I am going to have to have you help me brain storm for my son’s 3rd birthday party in March! I can’t decide what to do.

    And Kim, I can’t wait to see what type of Fairy cupcake toppers you’ll be coming up with.

  • Kelly

    Oh, a fairy birthday party sounds darling! I may have to steal that idea for an inspiration board! ;)

    Melisa – I’m always up for brainstorming! One of my new favorite ideas…..a “bubble birthday bash”….!!

  • Toni Danielson

    Kelly and you girls have such keen eyes!! You images are always to die for! Our New Year’s Resolution is to be more exclusive with our image selection. Thanks for your constant inspirations! We love the new design.

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  • stephanie christy

    i love the butterfly cake. Where is it from?

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