Our Baby Girl’s 1st Birthday!

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  • Whale 1st Birthday Cake2/18
  • Red and White Striped Paper Straws3/18
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  • Whale Piñata6/18
  • Starfish Sugar Cookies7/18
  • Clam Shaped Cookies8/18
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  • Cardboard Submarine Photo-Shoot Prop18/18


The main idea was to have a party that was simple, but bright, and that it followed a theme very loosely. Two years ago, we had a party for our oldest girl that was a success! It was beautiful and simple, catered to adults and kids. So I wanted to repeat that experience in a very similar way. Instead, of a circus theme, we went with "under the sea" theme. We kept the idea of using vintage colors for the design of invitations, labels, and overall decor. Vintage colors worked well the first time, so we couldn't escape using it as a cohesive way to marry the flowers, with the banner, balloons, piñata, etc. And like the circus theme party, the food for this party also related to theme and we either served seafood items, or foods that we could allude to sea life. So under the sea it was!

I worked on a simple pattern to represent water and designed a few elements (submarine, whale, and sun) to throw in another color or two as part of the design for the tags, cards, labels, invitation, etc. This variation of colors and elements was, then, represented in the decor of the party in the form of tassel garlands (water), balloons (sun), a photo prop (submarine), and a piñata (whale). The piñata was commissioned and it was a hit! The photo props I ordered on etsy, and the cake and desserts were made by a friend (fat gabby's cakes on Facebook).

Everyone had a great time, especially our girl. photo credit: Tate Tullier

Design Inspiration

The inspiration was our oldest girl's first birthday. It worked out so well last time that we just wanted to change up the theme and color scheme.

Decorating Style

My decorating style is simple, simple, simple, but always making good and cohesive use of color and iconic images or patterns.


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    That’s a really lovely pinata! What did you give as party favors? I can’t tell from the photos.

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    Thanks! The pinata was really a total hit!
    We gave out spiky lighted rubber balls (sea urchins) and a bag of swedish fish (fish bowl goodie bag). The latest was a reference to the invitation! (see below)

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