February 27, 2017

thea's flamingo first birthday party

Oh hey.  It's February.  Thea's birthday was in July.  That is pretty much how I roll right now.  Whoops.  We had Elsie's 4th birthday party at the beginning of the month, and Ryann's will be coming up in not too long, so I figured I should probably throw these pictures on the blog.  Sorry third child.  Love you lots.

I'm not really sure how it happened, but flamingos kind of became Thea's thing once she came home from the hospital.  Christopher's mom had put a flamingo in the yard with a congratulations sign, and brought the big girls stuff flamingos.  The theme just kind of stuck from there.  I mean pink + flamingos + summer birthday.  It was meant to be.  The rest of the colors for her party match her nursery, and were solidified when I came across napkins at Hobby Lobby that matched perfectly.  I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking.  There are a lot of them!  A big thank you to Adrienne Maples Photography for capturing the fun.

Really I kept the decorations pretty simple.  Repurposing some things from previous parties, the monthly photo banner, flowers, balloons and photos.  Throw in some lawn flamingos and you've got yourself a party.  The biggest project was the backdrop for the cake smash, which really wasn't all that hard at all, and a ?????? that was supposed to go over the entrance to our backyard, but it kept blowing over in the wind.  Sad story!  But I'm absolutely thrilled with how the cake smash backdrop turned out.  We used a piece of PVC, taped some mylar curtains to it, and then tied on some crepe paper streamers in various colors.  Then Christopher managed to zip tie it to the house.  Not really sure how it happened but whatever.  It made the cake photos so cute!

For the favors I ordered inflatable drink holders off Amazon, then added some popsicle holders (also from Amazon) I personalized with my silhouette, along with some Fubbles I snagged at Target.  Super simple and they seemed to go over pretty well.

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I guess there aren't any photos of the regular food we served, nor can I remember what it was at the moment.  Figures.  But the sweets! Definitely captured those.  My friend Jenny made the adorable cookies, as well as the delicious pink cake balls.  The flamingo sticks are drink stirrers that I purchased on Amazon.  My mom made chocolate sheet cake bites.  And then friend Jennifer number 2, haha, made the gorgeous cake!  Seriously, I am so impressed with her cake skills.  I would love to learn how to bake and frost good cakes, but maybe I'll just leave it to my friends.  :)  I made the glitter '1' cake topper out of gold cardstock, then glued a couple of feathers to the top.  The flamingo candle was also from Amazon.


The birthday girl in the sweetest little flamingo dress!  My oh so talented mother made it.  The flamingo fabric I found on spoonflower, the pinks were from Joanns.  Her pink bow is by Zozu Baby, little bracelets by June + Penny, and her pink ruffle bloomers you can see later in the post are by Beckaloo.


We opted not to do any gifts for this birthday, so the cake smash definitely stole the show, as it should.  Thea definitely did not disappoint.  She had demolished a chocolate cupcake on her actual birthday, so I expected her to dive right in.  She was super pissed when I took the cake away to cut her a piece.  But when we handed it back to her, she really didn't know what to do with the giant slice of cake.  Ryann helped her out and just dumped the cake on her tray, and after Elsie convinced her to just lean in and bite it she went to town.

Thea's birthday crown was made by Little Blue Olive.  I made the high chair banner with my silhouette and a hot glue gun.  I swear sometimes a hot glue gun makes me feel like I can do anything.


Most of the party was just spent outside eating and playing.  It was super hot that day, but thankfully our backyard gets decent shade in the evening and it wasn't too bad.  I have to say I am pretty thrilled to have a kiddo with a summer birthday.  It certainly makes party planning a little more fun in my opinion!  I'm so thankful for all the friends and family who came over to celebrate little Miss Thea.  I really do love planning birthday parties for my kiddos.  Not because I hope to see it plastered all over pinterest, but because I really do enjoy it (especially when I get to pick the theme! :), and my kids have always seemed to enjoy their parties.  AND I love a good excuse to get together with friends.


Only about five months until her next birthday.  What?!?!?!

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