A Vintage Picnic First Birthday

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A Project For

Rowe

Age

1

Location

Our backyard

Description

What better way to celebrate a southern little lady, born in late summer, than a vintage picnic birthday party! Especially a little lady with a vintage nursery and a vintage name! Our backyard provided a great spot to welcome family and friends, and celebrate Rowe's big day.

Design Inspiration

The theme started with a well loved quilt from my paternal grandmother, and it's main colors of pink, red, and blue. Then I found feed sack tablecloths made by my maternal grandmother that coordinated perfectly. I used vintage quilts, tables, and serving pieces collected by my mom and I over the years. I added in festive red and pink balloons to match Rowe's fun personality, and bright zinnias for a girly touch.

Decorating Style

I would describe my style as vintage eclectic. I love family pieces, and rarely buy a furniture set of anything.

Project Details

I had a lot of fun making and planning many of the details for the party including: chalkboards, pennant banners, and the favors. The photography was done by my friend Alyson at Eternal Reflections by Alyson. She is a fabulous wedding and family photographer. Rowe's outfit is from Sweet Honey, an online boutique retailer. The cakes were made by our family friend, who also made our wedding cake.

Favorite Items

My favorite features were the family favors and the guest book table. The favors were jars of cookie mix with handmade tags and the recipe written on the back. The guest book was the children's book Teddy Bears' Picnic.

Advice

I found that deciding on two main colors (red and pink), and always going back to those when I wanted to decide if an item would work, helped me to focus and choose from all the many cute ideas I found. I also decided on a few main features that were most important to me, so if time ran short or things didn't go as planned I still had the important features.

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