I had a lot of fun planning Eleanor's ONEderful 1st birthday party! You probably read my excitement in THIS post but my creativity really started to take off after creating THIS invitation:
I went with a nod towards a vintage and shabby chic Alice in Wonderland theme. Don't you just love a good party theme? The possibilities are only limited by the depths of your pocketbook! If you watched THIS, THIS and THIS video then you know that I enjoy creating highlight videos of family events. So of course I created one for Eleanor's birthday to remember the details of the day!
To celebrate our baby girl, I filled our home with a mix of fresh flowers, handmade paper flowers and delicate sweet details. Speaking of sweet details, I am pretty proud of how EB's cakes turned out!
I put just as much thought into the design of the food menu. In our family, every event revolves around food. Is yours like that too?!
I used THIS and also THIS ONE for the pinwheel recipes. I made some of my grandma's sweet tea for the Mad Hatter's Tonic but it was my Cheshire Punch that got a lot of compliments. It's an easy peasy mix that just includes: 7UP, Hawaiian Punch and Raspberry Sherbet. I had Lee pick up 2 loaves of sliced sun-dried tomato bread from Panera and borrowed a heart-shaped cookie cutter from the best neighbor when I couldn't find mine for the Queen of Heart Chicken Salad Sandwiches.
AND the cookies! Oh the cookies...more like cake! They were incredibly thick and moist. Absolutely delicious and paired perfectly with our Onederland theme.
So that guests could leave with something to remember our special day; I had lemon bars sacked, stamped and labeled with "Take ME". The perfect tea party treat if you ask me! Each guest left their name in Eleanor's baby book with a pen wrapped with a faux flower too. I framed a sign next to the book that read:
Today we celebrate Eleanor Blake turning ONE,
We’re very excited you are here to join the fun!
Please, grab a pen and sign your name,
So Ellie will always remember you came.
I had custom koozies created for a little takeaway also. We kept with the theme by having them read: Eleanor in Onederland with a "Drink Me" label on them.
I had fun with the idea of a photo booth-like set outside next to the Royal Croquet Court. The framed sign for the booth read:
Grab a friend and choose a prop,
Have some fun with this photo op!
Rabbit, Hatter, Cat or Queen,
Give us a big expression to complete the scene!
We’ll then get the perfect shot,
And you’ll have a great photo that you like a lot!
With the exception of the rabbit, I made all of the signs for the Royal Croquet Court. I wish our grass hadn't been so dry. We had been battling gofers beforehand. We won that battle but our backyard suffered. The battlefield turf made it a course for only the advanced! Still, I think it turned out pretty cute.
We had a great time celebrating Miss. Eleanor Blake with friends and family. I cannot stress how special this day was to our family. I could go on but this post is already picture heavy. Be sure you watch the video for more details! xx
Checkered Tablecloth: HERE
Guest Party Hats: HERE
Mad Hatter Hat: HERE
*If I missed something and you have questions, let me know and I'll be happy to share my sources!