Last weekend I threw little miss an awesome First Birthday Party. We had so much FUN and the biggest thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday afternoon to hop on over and celebrate our sweetest little bunny, Reagan Marie. It was just so much fun. Normally planning everything is what really gets my creative juices flowing, but the actual day and seeing Reagan so happy made my heart sing.
After Christmas I started searching and searching for cute party themes. I didn’t want anything corny like pink sparkles, and ultimately thats just not Reagan. She has such an independent and unique goofy personality that I just knew a cookie cutter first birthday wasn’t going to work for us. Besides, there is no way in hell that I could go for pre-made party decorations. I love a good DIY project and throwing parties and decorating spaces is totally my jam.
Given that her birthday is in March, I knew we had to do something indoors. We still have like 2 feet of snow around our neck of the woods. Which is so funny, because when I gave birth to her last year it totally felt like Spring with sunshine and green grass. Such a difference this year. I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on her party and knew I needed to get creative. I found the bunny theme on Pinterest and voila, party perfection!
I gutted out my office/craft room and couldn’t believe the treasures and endless supply of stuff I had snuck away over the past few years. I raided all my Easter decorations and went to work putting together a party. I knew the garden/bunny theme would be great for her and I can leave up most of the decor for Easter next month.
Most of the tangible decorations I pulled out of my Easter decor and then I made a ton of stuff using random craft supplies that I found. I snuck in a HUGE goodwill run full of random crap as well which felt really good. I’ll try to provide links to things that I did purchase, links to old products if they are still available or something similar, and links to DIY tutorials that I used or made up. Most of the ideas can be found on Pinterest and I’ll provide the links to the cake stuff I used to build her birthday cake.
I know throwing your child a BIG first birthday is totally cliche these days, BUT it is so much FUN! I totally get why parents do it. As a guest, i’m sure its a little boring but we so appreciate everyone who supported us and helped us celebrate our baby girl. We literally couldn’t love her more than we do and i’m sure that was more than evident at her party!!!!
I completely fell in love with the vibrant greens, pinks, and purples, the bright sunlight coming in through the windows and of course all the bunny and garden vintage looking decor! So much fun and so perfect!
I opted to go for a light lunch, tons of fresh fruit and veggies, and a dessert bar displaying all her cakes and treats. The dessert table was so pretty and I was ECSTATIC with how the cakes turned out. It was just a really simple layout on this Green Moss Table Runner and a long end table we already owned. I made her a mini 6″ basic vanilla cake for photos and her little cake smash. But I ordered a cake from our FAVORITE dessert place. They did our wedding cake, my bridal shower cake, and multiple other events and birthdays. It was my favorite white cream cheese cake with rum raspberry filling!!!! SOOOOO GOOD! I also made THESE “bunny tail” sugar cookie truffles, THESE “lettuce” oreo truffles, THESE “carrot” strawberries, and pudding cups with crushed oreo and a carrot strawberry on top!
I moved our dining table to the side of the room and used our mirror as a backdrop with some hanging garlands that I made out of old scrap paper. Most of the table decor was a bunch of random mishmash from our house including some old glass vases, mason jars for flowers, craft crates, faux boxwood green balls, and ceramic bunnies from my Easter collection.
Lunch was chicken salad on croissants made to look like carrots with bits of parsley coming out the end, a gluten free and paleo option on beds of lettuce, the yummiest cheese ball recipe HERE, cheddar bunnies, a full garden of fresh veggies, and strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry patches. It was pretty easy other than lots and lots of washing, chopping, and assembling everything right before people showed up. But it seriously turned out way prettier than I had pictured in my head.
Beverages were strawberry lemonade, fresh cucumber water, and fresh lemon water. I was going to do champagne but decided not to at the last minute. My sister and I are both pregnant and we had lots of people who don’t drink at all. Not to mention lots and lots of little ones and it didn’t seem right to have alcohol for some reason. Totally not like me one bit…must be the pregnancy hormones.
I made the cutest favor bags for our guests and then completely forgot to hand them out to people. Totally my fault for putting them on the bottom of the bar cart. Out of sight and out of the way. I found the cutest vintage bunny graphics on The Graphic Fairy.com and printed them out on basic paper bags with the added wording, “Thank You for Hopping By.” I added a doily, some pink satin ribbon, a white bunny tail, and filled them with THIS recipe for “Bunny Bait” that I found on Pinterest. They were just adorable and the treat inside is so addicting!
The whole party was just spectacular. We watched a bunch of little ones play together, ate lunch, sang “Happy Birthday,” and watched Reagan go to town on a piece of cake. The guys played pool in the basement and watched the NFL combine on tv. It was so low-key and so perfect. I intentionally went into the whole day with zero expectations on how the decor, food, people, or Reagan’s behavior would turn out. AND…everything turned out so perfect and couldn’t have been more awesome. These kids parties can get out of control pretty quickly and become all about the parents and the production. While I might have gone a little overboard on the decor, I never lost sight of the true purpose of the day…celebrating our sweet Reagan Marie. She is such a little miracle. It was a fantastic day and again thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate!!!!!