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 15Click 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 15Plan 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 15My 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 15I 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
The Little Touches 6 of 15Sometimes, 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 15I 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 15Various trays in different patterns and colors work as the perfect way to serve guests.
Birthday Hats 9 of 15Having 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 15Food 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 15Are the way to go! You use less utensils and they are easy to prepare. Everyone loves to snack!
Monogram It 12 of 15I 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 15If 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 15One 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 15A little DIY decor for your dessert table. Fill your favorite jars or vases with coordinating candy.
Photos taken by Stephanie Zahn of Caught Fire Photography
Head over to cupcakeMAG Littles for even more pictures too!
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