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County Fair First Birthday Party


I decided to go with a vintage county fair theme for my son's first birthday.  I knew it would only be a matter of time before we would have to start having superhero and sports themed parties, so I decided to do something vintage and super cute for his first birthday.

Design Inspiration

I have always loved the book Charlotte's Web.  Of course, I couldn't do a Charlotte's Web theme for my son, but when I think of Charlotte's Web, I think of county fairs and blue ribbons.  So the idea of recreating a vintage county fair for his party was born.  I wanted to go with red and aqua as the main colors because I believe they look vintage and reminded me of a down home county fair.

Decorating Style

I have always leaned toward the vintage and eclectic look when I decorate.  I love DIY projects.

Project Details

Ribbon Banners: DIY  I Purchased the Fabric and Rope from Hancock Fabric

High Chair Banner: Rockabye Baby Store

Ben's Hat: Zulily

Ben's Bow Tie: PsInAPod

Quilts: My Grandmother's Vintage Quilts

Paper Fruit Crates: PaisleyPalooza

Popcorn Bags: BonFortune

Benjamin Chalkboard Sign: DovieScottPhoto

Smash Cake Bunting: BooBahBlue

Decorative Cookies: Cookies Are My Canvas

Invitations, Cupcake Toppers, Signs: Mary Williams

Favorite Items

My favorite thing about the party had to be the photo backdrop we made using my grandmother's quilt strung between the two trees in our backyard.  We used hay bales for people to sit on and strung our homemade bunting flags across the quilt.

I also loved the old pallet we used to display all of his monthly pictures on.  I painted Benjamin is One and strung twine across the pallet.  Then I used clothespins to attach his monthly pictures all the way from Just Born to 11 months.


Don't try to do it all at once. Work a little on it here and there so you won't be overwhelmed trying to make it all the night before.

Vote: July Party Finalists - Project Nursery

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

[…] County Fair First Birthday Party by Chelsea Hawkins Bettis Melisa, of Project Nursery, says, “Who doesn’t love the idea of a county fair with vintage flair? This birthday party will pull at your heartstrings with its good ole’ fashioned spread and down home vibe.” […]

Brittany Robinson

Friday 20th of June 2014

Cute this theme. All of the details look great!