Pink Girly Budget DIY First Birthday!

Update: Kalia’s Party was chosen as Party of the Week, then Fan Favorite and then won Party of the month for September over at the amazing Project Nursery, thank you!!! 

Kalia’s 2nd Birthday Party can be found here– another DIY filled party- a “dress up” theme!

I LOVED planning, crafting, thrifting and executing Kalia’s 1st birthday party.  Since Kalia is only one, she is not really into much; besides chewing anything that is not food- and I had trouble creating a party theme around that…

So, I created a simple feminine look for her first birthday party.  Lots of pink, glitter and flowers for my little girl!

1- Yard Sale Frame-  $5.00 (the frame contained Kalia’s 1-11 monthly pictures & were hung with ribbon and glittered clothespins)
2 & 8- DIY Cake Stands– Thrifted Plates & Candleholders $6.49 Click here for the DIY!
3- Thrifted Vases- $1.82
4- Glass wine bottles 2 on table and 2 glass jars- FREE from personal use! (Glitter DIY)
5- Thrifted Floral Foam to stick straws in- $0.50
6- Thrifted White Frame- – $0.50
7- Keep Calm Print & Frame (already owned) Keep Calm and Eat A Cupcake- FREE Created at home
9- DIY Tablecloth- Thrifted twin sheet $1.99 No sewing of course! (See my other no sew ruffled tabelcloth)

(Any serveware/dishware was already previously owned by me, if you have specific questions, Please ask!)

Close up frame shot Added 8-18 due to emails & comments= Thank you =)

As you can see, most of the items were thrifted and then I worked a little DIY magic.  The most expensive part was purchasing the pink spray paint; I needed about four bottles for the frame and the high chair (below).

Balloon name glitter– Kalia’s name in glitter!  DIY is here!
Pink Highchair– thrifted for $7 and spray painted pink (this was my happiest find, it was on my FIRST thrift trip out to begin planning Kalia’s party)  The bunting with her initials in glitter was leftover thrifted fabric from her nursery.
Number one paper flower- Tutorial is here!
Beautiful crown- purchased via Etsy Prop Shop Boutique

The food!

I did a Greek Fest! The Greek food I chose to cook is very easy to prepare the night before and even better to do so because it allows the food to marinate longer.
Since everything is already made, I am free to decorate and bake the next day (Nick had to grill the chicken, but that was all the food prep the next day)
Entire menu (not all pictured): chicken souvalaki, hummus, tzatziki, feta and artichoke dip and Greek village salad.  

For dessert, I made a chocolate cake, cupcakes and these adorable marshmallows I found on Pinterest via MommyGaga.  I have NEVER baked cake or really much of anything, so it was quite a feat.  I will get better over time, so I am happy Kalia is only one and did not notice!  Kalia did not enjoy the cake, but she loved my homemade hummus!

Thank you for checking out Kalia’s 1st Birthday! Please let me know if there are any DIYs you would like to see on A Bubbly Life from the party!  

Did you have a themed first birthday party? Let me know in the comments!

Most of the photos were done by Xolexo Photo (some shown are mine)  Check her out on Facebook!
Thank you Lexi for the beautiful photos!

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  1. Tania

    August 15th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Loving this Laurel! Great job:)

  2. Laurel

    August 16th, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Thank you Tania!!

  3. Cameron {The Stimson Chronicles}

    August 15th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Laurel, this is so lovely! You did a BEAUTIFUL job! The high chair = Amazing!!! What a lucky little one year old! My son is turning 1 on September 29th and we're doing a "red, white, and ONE"/stars and stripes theme. I've been able to DIY most of the decor and some I found on clearance after Memorial Day and 4th of July. :} I love planning my kids' parties, even though they won't remember these young ones, they'll see photos one day! Hope you're having a great week! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kalia!

  4. Laurel

    August 16th, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Thank you so much Cameron! And congrats to you as well, I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

  5. Susan Baker

    August 15th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    oh how precious. it's perfectly pink without being toooooo pink. love the high chair.

    ps – the cakes looks like the kind of decorating i do. they taste better when they look that way. honest.

  6. Laurel

    August 16th, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Hahahaa, thank you Susan =)

  7. ellysan

    August 16th, 2012 at 1:22 am


  8. Laurel

    August 16th, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Wish you could have been here!

  9. Tamsyn

    August 16th, 2012 at 7:05 am

    This is really gorgeous!! I really hope I have a girl one day so that I can throw a gorgeous girly pink party too 🙂

  10. Laurel

    August 17th, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun doing it!

  11. vicky

    August 16th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    You need to become an event planner…all of this is simply beautiful!

  12. Laurel

    August 17th, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Thank you Vicky, that is really a great compliment!! I would love to throw parties for people!

  13. Bobi Jensen

    August 18th, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Wow, wow, wow. So beautiful. That pink frame picture holder would totally sell if you decided to make more :).


  14. Renee

    August 18th, 2012 at 4:28 am

    What an absolutely beautiful job!!! I wish I was as crafty as you. I wanted to plan a DIY first birthday party for my daughter but it didn't happen this year. So we are doing a sesame street theme bought at the party store. Great job!!!! Keep sharing your great ideas!

  15. Anonymous

    August 18th, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Very creative and totally cute! Impressed you were able to get that all done. Just had a 3rd bday for my son this week and did a sports theme. Basketball, football, baseball & football balloons, cupcakes, stickers, decorations and favors. Girls got pom poms. My daughters 2nd bday is coming up in 3 months and think we'll do a gymnastics theme at the gym club.

  16. Britni

    August 18th, 2012 at 6:00 am

    This is so beautiful! LOVE LOVE LOVE the pink frame! And the balloons on the glitter letters are too cute 🙂 Great job mama, she is one lucky girl!

  17. Katie E

    August 18th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Wow, I'm impressed! It looks great – and while I'm sure it was hard work, you make it look like it's stuff anyone could do!

    Happy 1st to your girl!

    Visiting from SITS!

  18. Ly*

    August 20th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Soooooo cute!

  19. Sarah

    August 22nd, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I LOVE that frame you got that at a yard sale?! Man that is a good yard sale! It all looks so cute. I would love for you to share this at my link party going on now:

  20. Lisa

    August 22nd, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Everything is so pretty! I love all the little DIY and pretty pink decor!

    I just posted my son's 1st birthday party details on my blog today too 🙂

  21. ARod

    August 22nd, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    great job what a sweet party that frame with months pics is awesome

  22. Miss Charming

    August 23rd, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Simply adorable! It looks as though it was a great party. My favorite is the pink frame with the photos. (Super cute!)

  23. Kimberly @ A Night Owl

    August 24th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks for linking up at Create & Inspire last week! We'll be featuring YOU tonight! Be sure to come by, grab a button and link up some more fantastic projects!


  24. Sarah

    August 27th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Hey this will be featured tomorrow at my link party! Make sure to grab a featured button!

  25. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy

    September 18th, 2012 at 5:26 am

    That frame is AMAZING! If we lived close I'd buy it from you in a heartbeat if you ever wanted to get rid if it! wow wow WOW!

  26. Jan Holbrook

    May 3rd, 2014 at 2:35 am

    I bought a similar chair today for $7. I am now wondering how to hold the baby in. Please help as her birthday is June 15 and I must solve this problem. Thanks! Love your decor and ideas.

  27. laurelstavros

    May 3rd, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Hi Jan! Your email is a noreply email, so hopefully you come back to read!! I only used the chair for the cake smash, so I did not secure her in it, I just put chair right up against table so she could not fall out and I was right there the entire time. I did contemplate using just a belt to keep her in. Happy Birthday to your little!!

  28. Jan Holbrook

    May 3rd, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Thank you! Do you have any idea where I can order a belt for it?

  29. laurelstavros

    May 3rd, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Looks like ebay has a bunch of different kinds!

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