Scout’s 1st Birthday

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Printable birthday hat, DIY 3D letters and a stalk of baby’s breath

Birthday party preparations are no easy feat. It will take all of your time, test your creativity and imagination and it will challenge you to no end until THE day arrives. All these I learned while I was preparing for scout’s first birthday.

I wasn’t really looking for a big celebration but that doesn’t entirely mean those simple celebrations call for less preparation. Actually, it is the opposite. Because here in our hometown, if you wanted a big birthday bash then all you need to do is to throw all that dough to pay your way out of THIS mess (LOL) and let someone else do the whole organizing and preparing for you. Just sit tight and don’t move a muscle.

Although Ollie received a generous amount from her grandparents (Ma’am Beth and Sir Dante), and a few from my friends, I tried to stick to my budget and prepared a simple party instead. Enough to keep the attendees full and satisfied.

What’s on my checklist:

Table set-up for desserts is sort of a thing nowadays. So that’s what I did. I focused most of my efforts in making the table set-up look elegant despite its simplicity. For this set-up, these are the things that I prepared:

-3D letters for the name stand

-cake stand

-cupcake stand

-a decent/good-looking table that doesn’t need to be covered

-white curtain

-balloons/cloud balloons (white)

-vase (antique)

-books

-picture frame

-flowers (baby’s breath)

Be sure to plan ahead!

For the colors, I decided to go for mint/pastel colors and white. Visually, these colors are very easy on the eyes and cool, too. Nothing too vibrant, or too shocking. It just makes the whole set-up look cohesive.

For the theme, my sister and I managed to find some really cute designs  from The Pretty Paper Studio. on Etsy. You have to buy their themes though but they’re really worth all the trouble (important note: you have to print the designs yourself!).

Finally!
Finally!
ZE birthday girl, Olivia. We couldn't get a decent picture of her because she'd always move around and walk away from the table.
ZE birthday girl, Olivia. We couldn’t get a decent picture of her because she’d always move around and walk away from the table.
The letters are cutouts from old/used boxes. Finding the perfect color for the cover was really time-consuming for me because we don't have a lot of artsy shops here, so I had to try out some colors first just to check if it looked pretty until I found this perfect baby blue cover and I instantly fell in love with it.
The letters are cutouts from old/used boxes. Finding the perfect color for the cover was really time-consuming for me because we don’t have a lot of artsy shops here, so I had to try out some colors first just to check if it looked pretty until I found this perfect baby blue cover and I instantly fell in love with it.
Given our limited resources, I am so happy with the outcome of our set-up! Cheers, guys!
Convinced a friend to try making naked cake. I actually forgot about the cake topper so I just asked Ate Zara instead to make a fox origami. And she made three of them! Shoutout to Jelliebean as well.
Convinced a friend to make a mama’s wish come true: naked cake ya’ll! I actually forgot about the cake topper so I just asked Ate Zara instead to make a fox origami. And she made three of them! Shoutout to Jelliebean as well.
Cupcake topper by The Pretty Paper Studio
That light holder, artificial grass, and artsy fence were lent to us by one of my aunt’s friends. It added a really nice touch to the whole set-up. And yes, those bottle wrappers. that welcome to my party frame and those labels for our sweet treats are also from The Pretty Paper Studio.
Dessert table set-up is done!

 

To get into the nitty gritty of preparing this whole DIY thing (that’s the idea!) I will post another entry. I don’t know if it will encourage you or discourage you from going DIY the whole way when preparing a party but at least you’ll have an idea!

Ciao, guys!

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