Baby’s First Birthday Party … Saving the Date

Posted on January 25,2012 by Jennifer

My darling daughter is about to turn one. Honestly, I don’t see how that’s possible since it feels like I just brought her home from the hospital a couple of months ago… has it really been a year? My calendar tells me it has. I feel very bittersweet about this first birthday. On the one hand, being the avid party planner that I am, I am anxious to roll up my sleeves and plan a fun-tastic birthday soiree for my little one. But on the other hand, this just shows me how fast time is really moving and I wish it would slow down. She really is going to be off to school before I know it! Oh well, for now I turn my mind’s eye to planning this party.

To begin, I thought long and hard about the theme… right from the start I knew I wanted it to be Beatrix Potter but to be fair to other themes I considered ducks, polka dots, princess and the like… I trolled through the online sites staring at photo after photo of baby parties. But as charming as each of these were none excited me like this so we’re officially having a Beatrix Potter themed First Birthday Party! (Silly, to talk about being “excited” by the theme, I know, but I’m a mommy and this stuff does excite me!)

I say Beatrix Potter and not Peter Rabbit because while I love Peter, I love Jemima Puddleduck and the other characters just as much!! By the way, my daughter loves these stories too – she has the little stuffed animals and totes them all around – just in case you’re wondering :-)

So, with theme in hand I’ve begun researching and planning. I’ll be sharing my findings along the way but today I’m showing you the “save the date” image I made which I sent to my family members so they’d know we’re having a party.

Question, do you send save the dates – virtual or real – when you’re having a party?

I worked long and hard on this little image {shown above} – and am pleased with the results. What do you think? Do you like it?

Now, I’m waiting on the paper to arrive for my invitations. I have an idea in my head of how I want them to look but sometimes that changes when I get the actual papers, ribbons and other pieces all together… funny how that works.

If you have any tips or advice about first birthdays I’d love to hear them!! So please leave a comment!

Wish me luck!



12 Responses to “Baby’s First Birthday Party … Saving the Date”

  1. January 26, 2012 at 7:30 am, Gjustice1 said:

    I love your Save the Date, Jennifer! And yes, we call or send an email to ask others to save a date for an upcoming event. Hope all is well your way! Ginny


  2. January 26, 2012 at 8:30 am, Gjustice1 said:

    I love your Save the Date, Jennifer! And yes, we call or send an email to ask others to save a date for an upcoming event. Hope all is well your way! Ginny


  3. January 26, 2012 at 9:25 am, JenniferCarroll said:

    Hi Ginny! Oh, Thank you! I’m so glad you like it!! :-) Thanks for answering the save the date question – as a planner I know we always do this for the big events like weddings but didn’t know how much folks do it for smaller gatherings… glad to know you guys do! Hugs to everyone!! ~ Jennifer


  4. January 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm, ElleRyan said:

    This is BEYOND precious — it’s literary whimsy! Makes me want to be one year old again :)


  5. January 30, 2012 at 6:17 am, Sonya76 said:

    I love the design. I’m 4 months pregnant with our first child and just can’t wait, but I know the time seems to fly after the birth.


    • April 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm, JenniferCarroll said:

       @Sonya76 Thank you!! Hope all is going well as you’re in the final countdown to your little ones arrival :-) You are right the time just zooms!! I feel like it’s all warp-speed ahead!


  6. February 25, 2012 at 1:07 am, alissahansen98 said:

    Love the Save the Date!  Lucky Emma has a very talented momma…I’m sure she’ll always have the best birthday parties and invites!  Mrs. Tiggywinkle was always my favorite :)  


    • April 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm, JenniferCarroll said:

       @alissahansen98 You are so sweet! And so right, Mrs. Tiggywinkle is awesome!!!!


  7. June 27, 2012 at 11:11 am, Brenda said:

    I am totally in love with the Peter Rabbit save the date card. Can you please let me know where I can get them?


    • June 27, 2012 at 11:19 am, Jennifer said:

      Hi Brenda,
      How sweet! It’s just a design that I made – I do have an slightly different Peter Rabbit invitation in my etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JenCarrollVA?section_id=11416684 – but I’d be happy to make one like this for you. Can you email me and let me know if you want printed cards or a downloadable pdf? We can go over other details over email too :-) my email addy is jennifer@jennifercarroll.net
      Thanks for the note! I’m so glad you like the design!!


  8. December 31, 2012 at 6:57 am, 2012 Year in Review | Celebrating everyday life with Jennifer Carroll said:

    […] I spent much of January getting ready for my daughter’s birthday party as you can see by this save-the-date post. I sent out actual invitations for the party but these save-the-dates were fun to email friends and […]


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