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“You Are My Sunshine” First Birthday Party


We celebrated Elizabeth's First Birthday with a "You are my Sunshine" theme! Lots of hot pink, yellow, and orange to celebrate her late July special day.

Design Inspiration

I have always loved the song, and sing it to Elizabeth. I thought the colors and theme would be well suited for an end of summer celebration. We made banners of each main line from the song to hang throughout the house.

Decorating Style

I wanted the party to really feel like an end-of summer, slightly contemporary celebration for her birthday. The bright colors and decor outside with the pool pulled it all together.

Project Details

We used craft paper and a die cut machine to make the letters for the banners. Getting the color order correct for the ombre effect took a bit of writing out and planning.

We assembled the wall on a room divider screen by attaching the honeycomb balls, fans, and poofs with pipe cleaners. I wanted a bright, fun, statement piece to be a backdrop for photos

Favorite Items

The colorful honeycomb backdrop wall. It was the main element I had envisioned for the whole party, and I loved the combination of colors!


Go as big, or as small as you want for the first birthday party - be comfortable with how you wish to celebrate. Although the baby won't remember, the celebration is a huge milestone, especially for first parents who feel like they have made it through a year of incredible life changes!

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