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A Perfect Shabby Chic 1st Birthday (Photos)

A few weeks ago, I styled a really fun first birthday themed shoot for a special girl  — and now I am sharing all my tips and tricks to inspire your party, just in time for Spring. You may remember taking a look behind-the-scenes but now – it’s time to reveal the real thing.

For those of you who have babies getting ready to turn the big number 1 – a shabby chic first birthday is perfect for the coming months. It is a fairly easy DIY party theme. You can shop flea markets and thrift stores from unique finds and the color palette is beautiful for warmer weather too! Especially if you are having it outside. In just a few easy steps you can create a beautiful first birthday that everyone will love — baby included! And this shabby chic theme is perfect.


  • A Very Shabby Chic First Birthday Party 1 of 15
    A Very Shabby Chic First Birthday Party
    Click through 14 photos from one adorable shabby chic birthday to help inspire your baby's first birthday! Tips, places to shop for the big day and so much more!
  • Shop Around Before the Big Day 2 of 15
    Shop Around Before the Big Day
    Plan ahead! I would start when your baby is 9-10 months old. Search Etsy, shop online and start planning early! The more time you give yourself, the more unique items you will be able to find so you can really wow your guests. Many designers will help create custom looks too or offer advice when it comes to styling your event. The more time you have for the special day - the better.
    For fun party supplies check out SmashCake Studio
    For fabulous custom work check out Oh Goodie Designs
  • Cake Smash 3 of 15
    Cake Smash
    My very favorite party of every first birthday is -- the cake smash! Always a memorable moment and a great photo for the baby book.
  • Fondant Roses 4 of 15
    Fondant Roses
    I was so thrilled to partner with Georgetown Cupcake again. Yes, as in THE Georgetown Cupcake. They created perfect custom cupcakes and they simply were the focal point of the dessert table. Don't want a cake? Opt for dozens of cupcakes instead!
    Polka dot candy cups from SmashCake Studio
    Custom designed cupcake wrappers by Greyson Designs
  • Photos with Guest 5 of 15
    Photos with Guest
    If you don't have time for a photo booth -- create a backdrop so each guest can take a picture with the birthday girl or boy!
    Headbands from Jameson Monroe
    Adorable cake tee on the birthday girl from Sweet Threads Co.
  • The Little Touches 6 of 15
    The Little Touches
    Sometimes, the smallest details make the biggest difference. When creating a shabby chic birthday - look for coordinating fabric and paper pretties. Everything does need to be identical -- it is fun to have things match yet be different.
  • DIY Background 7 of 15
    DIY Background
    I couldn't wait to create this background! It was so easy. All we did was tape paper plates to the wall to create a picture perfect background. We placed a few smaller plates on every other plate.
    Striped square plates + lanterns from SmashCake Studio
  • Serve Food on Trays 8 of 15
    Serve Food on Trays
    Various trays in different patterns and colors work as the perfect way to serve guests.
  • Birthday Hats 9 of 15
    Birthday Hats
    Having coordinating birthday hats that match the invites are something guest will swoon over!
    Birthday hats custom designed by Oh Goodie Designs
  • Food Tents 10 of 15
    Food Tents
    Food tents are a must and a true time saver. This way guest won't have to grab you every time they want to know what is what.
    Embellished food tents designed by Greyson Designs
  • Finger Food Friendly 11 of 15
    Finger Food Friendly
    Are the way to go! You use less utensils and they are easy to prepare. Everyone loves to snack!
  • Monogram It 12 of 15
    Monogram It
    I love these adorable monogram cups! And how cute are the matching straws? I wish I could just drink in them everyday.
    Monogram cups and straws from Oh Goodie Designs
  • Plastic Milk Jugs 13 of 15
    Plastic Milk Jugs
    If you are worried about having glass around the little one's - you can purchase plastic containers to create the look you are going for. Add a little strawberry milk for guest to sip.
  • Capture the Birthday Girl 14 of 15
    Capture the Birthday Girl
    One of the biggest things we sometimes forget at parties is to capture the moments. If you don't have time to run around taking pictures, hiring a photographer is worth every penny.
    Polka Dot Balloons from SmashCake Studio
    Custom banner designed by Greyson Designs
    Adorable shoes from Folly Parade
    Headband from Jameson Monroe
    Adorable outfit from Avry Couture Creations
  • Fill A Vase With Candy 15 of 15
    Fill A Vase With Candy
    A little DIY decor for your dessert table. Fill your favorite jars or vases with coordinating candy.

Shop the party // Greyson Designs // Georgetown Cupcakes // Oh Goodie Designs // Smash Cake Studio // Party Paper Scissors // Jameson Monroe // Avry Couture Designs // Sweet Threads Co. 

Photos taken by Stephanie Zahn of Caught Fire Photography

Head over to cupcakeMAG Littles for even more pictures too!

Make your party planning a little easier: Shopping lists for moms!

See all of Casi’s Babble post here, check her out on Spearmint BabyThe Party DressThe Little Style File  and Rags to StitchesWant more? Get to know 25 things about Casi. Read more from Casi & the cupcake team on cupcakeMAG + cupcakeMAG Littles. Check out Casi’s lifestyle blog where she gives readers a glimpse into her personal life + behind the scenes of all the chaos, cupcake + co. For more updates, follow Casi on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest!

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