Last weekend we celebrated Eliza Joy turning ONE! As one of my girlfriends would say..."one full circle around the sun, 365 days spent loving you..." HOW IN THE WORLD has this year flown by so fast?! I am still in shock that I have a 4 year old, 2 year old, and ONE year old! Like what in the heck!?
For her party, which I almost didn't have because...HELLO third child! And who has time to through an extravagant birthday party for a ONE year old?! Not me! So instead I threw a "semi-extravagant" birthday (insert crying and laughing emoji). Once I start something, I honestly don't know how to just chill and do it simply. Like what does that even mean? So this is as "low key" as I could go for my little one year old...does it count that most of it was done DIY style????
There are a lot of things you can do on a budget when it comes to party planning and decorating! Trust me! I've become the master at it! A couple things I think about when planning a party is: 1.) Theme 2.) Color scheme 3.) Food and drinks. So for this particular birthday party, I wanted to keep it classy, elegant, light, and beautiful. I don't know what I'm going to do someday when one of my kids asks for a character themed party! It might kill my very soul but I'm sure I'll survive...maybe.
Anyways...when deciding on my color scheme I actually just went to Target (go figure) and went to the dollar section (which is never actually a dollar, let's just be honest). I found these incredibly cute paper straws and right then and there I was like..."YEP! I got it!" Once, that was decided, I started looking for a few other cheap things that could tie in to the color scheme; like balloons, banner, flowers, etc.
So I actually found these items in the dollar section (below)....paper straws, gold "word" balloon, cake stand, and gold/white pendants.
Once I had all my decorations I started collecting things from my house that I thought would work well with the theme I had in mind. I pulled out an old drink crate, some old vases, and pitchers; and basically went to town rearranging my entire living room/dining room. I then went to Walmart (yes WALMART) and found some bouquets of flowers that I then pieced together on my own. I had no idea you could get such beautiful flowers from Walmart (and at a great price too).
Then came the cake making...I told myself I wasn't going to go all out and here I am, Googling, "How to make a smash cake." Not a proud moment I'll admit! But if anyone is interested in the article I found, HERE IT IS...DIY SMASH CAKE. And it is was actually a smashing success (see what I did there?).
Then after everything found its home, I added some DIY finishing touches. I added personalized messages on the straws, pieced my banner together by adding letters to each pendant spelling out "HAPPY BIRTHDAY," and I used left over flowers to put on the smash cake. I feel like in order to make a party great, it's those little touches and details that do just that. It may take a little extra time but in the end its totally worth it!
Here is Eliza totally enjoying her party...
Overall we had such a great time celebrating this perfect little life and totally enjoyed every minute of planning her first birthday. Just remember...you can have a simply great party without totally breaking the bank...it may take a little extra time but I promise nobodies hubbies will complain in the end :)
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