This past weekend we celebrated our little Amelia's first birthday. Aside from the heat, we had so much fun. I thought I would share with you a few DIYs I did.
Because of my current obsession with pineapples, I decided to do a pineapple themed party. Since Amelia's nursery was inspired by Palm Springs I wanted to incorporate it into her party as well. The image below of The Parker was my inspiration for the overall look. Yellow striped awnings and pink flamingos, what's not to love?
With the help of my husband, I created a canopy for the food table by following these instructions. Since I can't sew a straight line to save my life, I used iron-on Stitch Witchery for the hem which worked pretty well. Instead of stapling the fabric to the frame as the instructions suggest, I used 3m Velcro so that I could take the canopy apart to store later.
Through-out Amelia's first year, I had taken a monthly picture of her which I compiled and created a garland out of. I created a pineapple print out, then glued on the pictures. To finish it off, I created a frame using trim I found in Micheals .50 bin and glued it on top of the pictures.
The bar cart was a last minute purchase from Bed, Bath & Beyond. It collapses flat for storage.
For the floral "A", I used a large floral block and bread knife to cut out the shape. A few floral pins and tooth picks were used to attach the "A's"diagonal stems and crossbar together. Then it was just a matter of hot gluing all the flowers on the the foam. The floral block and pins were purchased from Hobby Lobby. The hanging pineapples were table top decorations that I punched a hole in and hung from small ties.
During the week of Amelia’s party, my dear friend Lilian and her family came to celebrate with us. While I was getting the decorations together, Lilian had an idea for the kids at the party to play a game of “hot pineapple” (hot potato spinoff) and sack races, whereas my initial idea was for them to chase bouncy balls and bubbles around the yard. The games ended up being a hit with the kids and saved my party from being lame. I was so thankful that Lillian not only helped prepare for the party, but also preformed a beautiful hula dance.
The humidity had already gotten to us by this point but I love the interaction between Amelia and Auden that was caught in this photo.
With the chaos of getting the party ready and myself presentable after running around in the hot sun, there were a few details I wish I caught before the guest arrived but overall I was happy with how everything turned out. A list of resources for the remaining party decor follows:
- Paper plates, pineapple cups, straws- Party City
- Flamingo napkins- Charlotte Ruse (randomly came across them in the check out line)
- Yellow table runner, honeycomb pineapples, green pom-pom trim, flamingo pinata - Hobby Lobby
- Pineapple sunglasses- Oriental Trading Company
- Fake pineapples were a find at an antique mall and the lanterns were an old Micheal's purchase
- Amelia's pineapple headband and "one" bib are from Etsy sellers Maddie & Addi and MMsBling
Until next time, lovelies!