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Emerald’s Ziggity Zaggety 1st BDay Party


Zig Zag inspired, whimsical fiesta for my baby girl's 1st Bday party.......

Design Inspiration

My inspiration was a Zig Zag invitation collection that I ordered online from WH Hostess.  I combined this with a Jonathan Adler zig zag patterned cups, wrapping paper, luggage tag.  I found zig zag leggings on EBay for $10.00-woo hoo!! 

Decorating Style

Eclectic, non-traditional, custom/personalized. 

Project Details

I made the zig zag tiered paper cake by wrapping nested boxes in wrapping paper. Go to for zig zag items...

The monogram gate Hanger was made by covering a paper mache' letter with rose petals.  What a great way to welcome guests and let them know for sure that they are at the party place!!

I made the framed accents using Scrapbook paper and embellishments (K&Company, Martha Stewart) are my favorite brands. 


I made all of the silk flower arrangements.....the key is flower selection and vessel choice to give the best presentation.  Look for natural looking flowers that have color gradation.  Faux doesn't have to be a bad word-ever! 

Favorite Items

The Zig Zag tiered paper was the centerpiece for the kids table and really set the tone for the entire, whimsical, and a statement! And...the bubble gumball machine favors....very vintage and whimsical! 

Oh, and I just love the coloring sheet that I designed to be a placemat for the kids. They really enjoyed it- they were coloring like they were taking a test- I was surprised and tickled at the same time!!  I used WordArt in Publisher- I imported free images from coloring sheet websites.  FREE!



Google, google, google!  Click on images, and you'll be suprised at what you can find online without running all over town. I researched the theme first to give me direction and a blueprint for the look.  The money I spent on shipping  cost for online purchases was so worth it.

Start as early as possible.....make what you can using scrapbooking supplies, bring your swatches with you whenever you shop to ensure your selections always tie well with your color palette. 

New invention:  Parents tables!!!  I set up 3 tables just for the adults so that they could eat, mix and mingle, and still keep a close eye on thier kids. They looked so relaxed!!  They also felt like they were a part of the party too....centerpieces were also designed for these tables so that they would not be an afterthought....we served Sloppy Joes and Kettle Chips with a tossed salad.  A hit with various ages, and the adults were able to eat and enjoy the same thing.


Sarah Robbins

Tuesday 6th of December 2011

Hi there,

Where did you get your giant "E"? I'd love to do the same for my little girls birthday next month.

Friday 29th of July 2011

Great job on every detail, you have really stirred up some inspiration in me...  Some really great ideas you have revealed here.


Saturday 26th of March 2011

beautiful, great use of color!

Mama Cy @ Neighborhood Kids

Wednesday 23rd of March 2011

Love the color story and the zig zag print. Love how everything looks fresh and pops. Great job!


Wednesday 23rd of March 2011

thanks amcordova1!!  that is what we were aiming  big, bold, and larger than life, so yea 3D!