Ava’s Floral First Birthday

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A spring floral first birthday for our sweet baby girl.

Design Inspiration

My design inspiration came from the tissue paper flowers I made and her pink and gold nursery.

Decorating Style

I love whimsical

Project Details

The first thing I made were the tissue paper flowers. I love spring and flowers so thought this would be perfect for Ava's April birthday. I used tissue paper and floral moss for the middle. I then made her floral "A" that will go perfectly in her room. I used a wooden "A" from Hobby Lobby and bought flowers from the floral department to hot glue all over it.  I found the gold polka dot burlap fabric from Joann's and tied the ends with pink ribbon to make it look like a table topper. The happy birthday banner is made by Rifle Paper Co from Anthropologie. It's beautiful and totally customizable. The pink candle holders are from Michael's and the "my little love" picture frame is from Hobby Lobby. I hung her monthly pictures in laser cut wooden frames from Michael's and it was so neat for guests to see her growth each month for a year. Outside hung pictures from Social Print by gold glitter clothespins from Amazon. Her cake was also made by me and I bought a heat punch from Joann's and cut gold glitter card stock and hot glued them to skewers. Her adorable dress is from Zulily and bow made from Cozette Couture. Her crown was made by lovecrushbowtique on Etsy. I absolutely adored her present from us which was a customized board book of our family from Pint Size Productions. It turned out beautiful. I also will cherish that each guest took a Polaroid with Ava and we used cute washi tape to put them in a notebook with a special birthday wish/prayer for Ava from each person.

Favorite Items

My favorite thing was the tissue paper flowers. They were so whimsical and pretty. I was so happy how they turned out.


My advice would be to start planning and crafting early. It was so fun to see how everything came together and it was such a fun and special day.


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    Hi! I love that board book and have been wondering how that can be made. I’ve looked up board books on tiny prints but can’t seem to find them. How did you create yours?


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    It’s a Jenny Lind high chair that I bought from an antique store that posted on Craigslist. I painted it off white. Thanks so much!

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    Hi Stefanie,

    Her dress was off of Zulily. I can’t remember the specific name, but they usually pop up every now and then. Thank you!


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    Do you happen to have a tutorial for the tissue paper flowers? I’ve been looking all over and those I can find don’t have directions on how to make them. Total bummer!

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    Love everything you did for this party!!! So pretty! Can I ask what you did for party favors?? I’m also planning a floral first birthday party for my baby girl, and would love to know you did. Thanks!

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    Hi Jess! Thank you so much! I actually didn’t do party favors. I’m not the biggest fan of them unless they’re edible! Haha! So if I did, I would probably have made some kind of bagged cookie or a cake pop or something. A small potted plant would’ve been cute, but we had too many guests for that! I know you’ll think of something cute!

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    Thank you! I love our wall color and plan on using the same if we ever happen to move! It’s Stone Hearth by Benjamin Moore but at 75% tint (means it’s lighter than the original color). Happy painting. :)

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    love this party. everything is beautiful!
    where did you find the glitter “1” for the top of your cake? also, what did you use the pink candle holders for – the ones that you mentioned in your resource section?

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    Tiffany L-

    I bought all supplies for floral “A” at hobby lobby. Most craft stores carry wooden letters, then I just got glued artificial flowers and leaves all over. Make sure to buy varying sizes and colors. Hope that helps!

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    Veronica- I made the cake. I just watched video tutorials on how to make a rose with icing. It’s not perfect, but it turned out pretty good.

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    Kristian and Callie-

    I bought Ava’s tutu from Gymboree that year (2014). May could find on eBay, or from a similar collection?

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    Thank you very much. My white flutter sleeve shirt is from forever 21, and my tulle skirt is from the Lauren Conrad Cinderella collection at Kohls.

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    I don’t remember exactly what size cake pans I used, but I’m almost positive they were 8″.

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    Thanks Liz! I just covered a 1 candle in gold glitter. Then to make the gold hearts, I bought gold cardtock and a heart punch from Joanns and hot glued them to the sticks.

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    Thanks, Lauren! Did the glitter from the candle come off and get on the icing? And I love the heart sticks idea. Brilliant!

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    Where did you get your white highchair? I’ve been searching for one like that with no luck!

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    Hi Laura- I got her high chair off Craigslist. Just searched Jenny Lind high chair. I painted it white so all in all probably cost $50!

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    Yvette- I bought it from a garage sale site and repainted it. It’s an old Jenny Lind high chair.

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    Hi, I was wondering how you made the tissue paper flowers. I’ve looked up tutorials but none of them look quite like yours and I love how whimsical they are. Thank you.

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