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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 says:

    Loving this Laurel! Great job:)

  2. 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!

  3. Susan Baker says:

    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.

  4. Tamsyn says:

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

  5. vicky says:

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

  6. Bobi Jensen says:

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

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

  7. Renee says:

    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!

  8. Anonymous says:

    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.

  9. Britni says:

    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!

  10. Katie E says:

    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!

  11. Ly* says:

    Soooooo cute!

  12. Sarah says:

    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:
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/08/share-it-link-party-25.html

  13. Lisa says:

    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 🙂

  14. ARod says:

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

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

  16. 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!

    xo,
    Kimberly
    http://anightowlblog.com/category/create-inspire

  17. Sarah says:

    Hey this will be featured tomorrow at my link party! Make sure to grab a featured button! http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/

  18. 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!

  19. Jan Holbrook says:

    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.

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