Monday, April 22, 2013

Ashlynn's 1st Birthday Confetti Bash!

I have a long weekend to recap, but I'll get right to the goods - Ashlynn's First Birthday Party!

I decided months ago that I wanted to go with a "confetti" party.  I pinned tons of inspiration and about 2-3 months ago, I started doing a few little crafts and planning out what we needed for the big day.  This was huge in the end, as the party date snuck up so quickly and having a baby to look after makes it tough to pull things out last minute.  Planning was key!

If you follow me on instagram, you got a lot of sneak peeks, but here's the full dirty details!  (prepare, photo heavy!)



I used Printstagram to print my favorite shots from the last year.  I ordered the 2.5" photos and the quality is great, highly recommend!  Unfortunately, I took the pictures of the photo clothesline (mini clothespins from Michaels and monthly markers from Little Baby Garvin) before we set up the drink station.  We had a tub full of organic milk for the kiddos (vanilla and chocolate, of course) and sodas and water for the adults.  I also made a coral pink lemonade punch that was a HUGE hit, and so sad I didn't take a shot of it.  Not only did it taste great, it matched the color scheme perfectly! 

And of course, paper straws




Another printstagram craft.


For lunch we served tomato pie (a bit of a local staple, people come from all over to get from the bakery near us) and hoagies from Wegman's, which like anything from Wegman's, were ridiculously good.  The usual snacky sides of veggies and chips and of course, desserts!  We weren't sending home 15 children under the age of 5 without a sugar high!

The set up.

tablecloths, streamers, plates, napkins, plasticware, and cake stand - Target



We served funfetti cupcakes with homemade buttercream icing, dipped birthday cake flavored oreos, funfetti blondies, and pink lemonade sugar cookies.  I also put out little cups of iced animal crackers and goldfish, which like the milk boxes, were all gone by the end of the party.... kids, so predictable!





 And of course, Ashlynn's Smash Cake!


While the kids entertained themselves with some of Ashlynn's toys, I set up a few things for the adults to meander over to in case they needed a break from the chaos.   I set up a Time Capsule for our friends and family to make predictions about life in 15 years, what Ashlynn will be like at 16 years old, or to leave a note to future Ashlynn. 


I'm going to seal them up and we can open them when Ashlynn turns 16.  Of course, we had to sneak peek them and some are amazing.  We can't wait to look back and see what comes true... zombie apocalypse, anyone?



I also set up a photo booth - slash - backdrop for friends to take pictures or Instagram.  Which would have worked out better if I didn't set it up in front of a window - backlighting fail.


Lastly, we sent our littlest guests home with some bubbles. Another super easy DIY - baby food jars, chalkboard paint for the lids, pipe cleaner for the bubble blower, and bubble solution.  Perfect for all our young guests... 5 weeks to 5 years!


I'll recap how the party went tomorrow, this girl is still recovering from the craziness and this post is long enough!  Hope everyone had a great weekend, we did!



Also, thank you all so very much for all the birthday love at the end of the week on our posts and on IG.  I haven't had a chance to respond to the comments, but I read each and every one!



31 comments:

  1. I love the time capsule thing! SO cute.

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  2. So many cure ideas! I will definitely be using some of this as inspiration for Noah's First Birthday! We too have Jessica's monthly markers... Such a cute way to use them!

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  3. Soooo many good ideas!! Thanks for sharing - you did a fantastic job!!

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  4. You did such a great job! Can I hire you to plan a party? You are awesome.

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  5. wow great job with everything!

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  6. You did such a beautiful job with everything! Hope you guys had a great day. :)

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  7. Such a cute party! Love all the details! Where did you find the washi tape for the vases (which I love!)??

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    1. Michaels! It's in the scrapbook section, made by reflections :)

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  8. Beautiful and sweet party! I especially love the time capsule. I might have to borrow that =)

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  9. you did such a great job! the time capsule is so genius - it will be really neat to read everything when she's 16. also? I love the photo clothesline. I will definitely be using some of your ideas as inspiration for Ronin's first birthday. can't wait to see cake smash pics!

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  10. Every detail is absolutely perfect! Love it all, Ashlynn is blessed!

    Xo,
    Katie

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  11. Love the Instagram photos with the clothespins. So cute!

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  12. Came out so cute! Great job! I'm laughing at the tomato pie – whenever my dad's cousin comes to visit he brings one. probably not the same place - I cant remember what its called I should call him.

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  13. Love time capsule! My son turns 2 in June and I want to do this!

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  14. Love time capsule! My son turns 2 in June and I want to do this!

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  15. So many great details!! It looked like such a great time! Can't wait to hear all it all went! xo

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  16. ADORABLE!! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!! Love all the baby food jars and their multiple uses!! I love the idea of a time capsule! SO FUN!!

    ♥ Ashley

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  17. All so beautiful! Great job!! Now come decorate and plan our bash in two weeks, whew! I'm not prepared for all of this!

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    1. I would love to! I wish I could figure out a way to do actually do this, but seems impossible.

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    2. I have totally thought how fun it would be to put together a site where people could buy a whole party in a bag! Kinda like bed in a bag, but with a whole cute party. Maybe even with a visual to show how to set it up?! Just another one of my crazy Momma brain ideas! ha Tell me I'm not alone in all my crazy ideas?!

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  18. What An adorable 1st Birthday! Love the home made bubbles as gifts, too cute! Wishing Ashlynn A late Very Happy 1st Birthday:)

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  19. Love the instagrams + clothespins, what a cute idea!

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  20. Looks like quite the party! Lucky little girl! :) happy 1st bday to your little babe!

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  21. Swooning over here! what a CUTE CUTE party! very well done, mama! sad we couldn't be there in person but we were there in spirit! Love your idea with the time capsule...how fun!

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  22. great look!

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  23. Love all the details! Would love to know where you got the circle garland, did you make it? And the recipe for the coral lemonade punch. Sounds delish!

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    1. I made the paper garland (circle punch, scrapbook paper, and sewing machine), I'll post the punch recipe this month!

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  24. Thank you all for the sweet comments and birthday love!

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  25. I love everything about the party. The dipped oreos are so pretty and look tasty. Great job.

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  26. Seriously, Erinn Love IT ALL! You did such a fantastic job! Looks like a perfect bday party for the special little Miss!! We did a time capsule too! Yours was much cuter though! ha Crazy that it's all over, huh?!

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