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 into her mouth that’s within reach.
My sister and I wanted to do something a little special for her so we decided to go the extra mile and throw her 1st birthday party together. We narrowed down our ideas to a tribal theme. We wanted it to be girly with blue and purple as the main colors with hints of gold, pink, and white. Once we had our ideas set, we began looking for party supplies.
We check out Micheal’s and 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, and 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, and flowers. The last purchases were ordered online from Etsy which were the invitations, dream catcher, and cake topper.
For the first part of the décor, I began implementing ideas of what style of letters I wanted to use, how to apply them onto the blank purple banners, and 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 and white pearl acrylic paint. It was a bit of a challenge gauging the placement and size of the letters since it was a bit difficult to remove the paint if I messed up, so I had to work very carefully. It’s kind of ironic how something that can look so simple require such precision and 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 made it look quite streaky even after a couple of coats. So she decided to paint that color over with blue and purple, which ended up looking a lot better because there were no more streaks. 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, and 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 becomes tacky enough before you attach them to the top of the cones or else you’ll be sitting there forever while holding them in place until they dry.
I started preparing the 3 layered rice crispy treats. Begin by microwaving about 20 marshmallows in 1 tbs of butter for about a minute and then add food coloring to create colors of your choice. (Be sure to make the color darker than you want because the cereal will lighten up the color.) Coat oil onto a square pan to keep them from sticking. (Also having your hands dampen with some water helps it from sticking.) Add in about 2 cups of cereal and fold it into the marshmallows to get them all incorporated. Then press down each color into a pan and let it set for about 1 hour. (This is the process I did for each layer.) After it has set, cut them into little cubes with a serrated knife and insert lollipop sticks into them. (Dip the lollipop sticks into some chocolate on one end to help it stick into the rice crispy treats better.)
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 and 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.