I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. My niece, Evelyn is turning the big 1! It has been such a joy to watch her grow these past months! Isn’t it funny that she learned how to was walk just a week before her first birthday?! She is such a little explorer. She’s already getting into everything, putting anything in her mouth that’s within reach.
My sister & I wanted to do something a little special for her so we decided to go the extra mile & throw her 1st birthday party together. We had our ideas narrowed down to a to a tribal tribal theme. We wanted it to be girly with blue & purple as the main color with hints of gold, pink, & white. Once we had our ideas set, we began looking for party supplies. We check out Micheal’s & bought a few of the items that we planned on using for the decorations, such as the blocks of letters, banner papers/blank banner fabric, tassels, & a few other things. A quick stop at Party City to check out what they had to offer. We only ended up buying table covers with lace detailing. The last stop was at the Dollar Tree for the paper plates, cups, utensils, & flowers. The last purchases were ordered online from Etsy which were the invitations, dream catcher, & cake topper.
For the first part of the decor, I began implementing ideas of what style of letters I would use, how to apply them onto the blank purple banners, & how to attach them all together. Obviously, we knew we wanted to have Evelyn’s name on there. I usually write down or sketch an idea I have envisioned on paper before I begin the process. I thought that simple letters with arrows on some of the letters would tie in with the theme perfectly. I started to paint the letters free hand onto the banners with a thin brush & white pearl acrylic paint. It was a bit of a challenge gauging the placement & size of the letters, also it’s kind of ironic how something that can look so simple requires such precision & takes a lot longer than you presumed. I had my sister finish up most of the dots since I didn’t have the all of the supplies at home to finish the rest. Then I sewed the ribbon on top of each banner to hold the whole thing together.
My sister decided to paint the “ONE” letters since they came in white. At first she tried painting them a metallic gold color but that didn’t work out. The gold color make it look quite streaky even after a couple of coats. So she decided to paint over that color with blue & purple, which ended up looking a lot better & long gone the streakiness. Meanwhile I was trying to decide on how I would arrange the flowers before attaching them to onto the dream catcher. I removed the flowers from their stems then attached the floral wire to the ends on the back side of the flowers then intertwined them into the webs. It took a while, but I think the flowers gave it such a nice girly touch.
The night before the party, we brought all of the supplies out. I began setting the dining table. For the dessert table, I just taped the banner I painted, the tassels, & arrange Evie’s pictures, & the letters. We also made some treats. My sister made the teepee cones. She had a difficult time attaching the pretzel sticks to the top. I figured there was a technique to it. You just have to make sure the chocolate you’re using isn’t too wet, it has to be tacky or else you’ll be sitting there forever while holding them in place until they dry. I made the 3 layered rice crispy treats. I heated up about 20 marshmallows in 1 tbs of butter for about a minute. I added food coloring to create a blue, pink, & purple color. (Be sure to make the color darker than you want because the cereal will lighten up the color.) Make sure you have a spatula & pan with a light coat of oil to keep it from sticking. (Also having your hands dampen with some water helps it from sticking.) Then I added in about 2 cups of cereal & fold it into the marshmallows to get them incorporated. Lastly, I pressed down each color into a pan & let it set for about 1 hour. This is the process I did for each layer. After it has set, I cut them with a serrated knife into little cubes & stuck lollipop sticks into them.
The party turned out quite nice. Planning this party was a lot more relaxed. It was probably due to the fact that I had gained some experience since the last one & we had a better thought out plan of what we wanted to achieve. Even though I was a bit sleep deprived, this party was smooth sailing; such a breeze.