I am excited to finally share more photos with you of my sweet Emma’s 1st Birthday party! I am so glad that I chose the Beatrix Potter theme. I loved seeing Peter Rabbit & Jemima Puddleduck peeking out of books, plates and more! It felt whimsical and sweet and just the right amount of “babyness” (not sure that’s a word but I think you get my point). Let’s jump right in to the details – let’s start with the photos above.

Ahh, the cookie and cake station! Oh how I loved the cake and those cookies! You’ve seen the cake post, right? – You missed it? Check it out here! I’m going to post a whole tribute to those amazing cookies by the extraordinarily talented Kelly Trout of One Creative Cookie soon. I promise! I love the balloon “wall” – I thought it was the perfect backdrop! And so easy which was great because I really needed something here – the “table” is actually my parent’s piano and there was no way we were moving that which left me with this floating table that I wanted to anchor. The balloons did it with style – and were friendly to my budget. Double yay!

Above is a collection of some fun party details. Top Left is the super-girlie party hat I found at my local party store. It will work for more birthdays to come so I decided to hang on to it for future parties! Top Right & Bottom Left are some of the flower arrangements that I made with flowers I bought at the local grocery store. My dear friends Pat & Sherry of Pat’s Floral Designs were attending the party and I wanted them to just be a guest for once so I didn’t get their help with the flowers. As I sat at the kitchen table making all these arrangements the day before the party I was seriously regretting this decision :-) ha! But really I was pretty happy with how the flowers turned out. I collect pitchers and teapots and this was a great excuse to pull them out and use them. I loved the mismatched beauty of them all together and I thought they gave a “big girl” prettiness to this “baby girl” party!! I also used some favorite books as pedestals for some of them. The book in the top left photo is Jane Austen’s Emma! {I couldn’t resist!!} Bottom Right a motley crew of bunnies, bears and more from Emma’s ever growing cuddly collection came to the party too!

I’ve been spending some quality time lately with my cricut cutting machine and YouTube. I am so grateful for the great videos that the talented folks are sharing on there! I’ve been using my cricut more and more this year (even though I’ve had it for almost 3 years, I hadn’t fiddled with it much – eek!) and I really am loving that little machine! Above is my latest creation, a homemade ‘Emma’ banner featuring Peter Rabbit & Jemima Puddleduck. The great thing is that this is now hanging over her bed – so it was so much more than just party decor! In fact that’s what I loved so much about the streamers too – these items are all reusable and not just disposable. Not to mention sentimental :-)

Above you see the overview of the living room which was party central – a big thank you again to my parent’s for letting us have the party at their home! – sorry these photos are a little dark, shooting towards the light is always a little tricky but I hope you can still get a feel for the party atmosphere. Personally, I love the silhouette of the balloons and streamers! By the way, those are the streamers that I talked about in my DIY Ruffled Crepe Paper post. Check it out for all the great how-to tips and links.

I really wrestled with the question of party favors. I read lots of boards online and quizzed my mommy friends – Goody Bag – yes or no? Since this is not only Emma’s 1st Birthday Party it’s also my first time actually hosting a child’s birthday party(!). After debating the pros and cons of this I decided to go with what I know best: a sweet party favor. I wanted something that was edible but also related to my Beatrix Potter theme. Since Emma’s birthday is so close to Valentine’s Day I wanted to give a nod to that holiday as well. Enter the plastic cone shown above in the Lower Left photo. These cones were shaped like a carrot {check: Peter Rabbit theme!} and then filled with conversation hearts it was perfect! {double check: edible and Valentine’s Day!} I printed out some tags and tied with a bow – voila! I think Beatrix herself would approve – well, at least I hope she would! My sister gave us a Beatrix Potter porcelain tea set for Christmas (Thank You!!) and while the teapot was busy holding a bouquet of pretty posies the picnic style basket was ideal for this harvest of candied party favors. {Lower Right photo} I displayed a few more pieces from the tea set in these mini cloches shown in the Top Left photo.

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour of the party. Thank YOU so much for joining me on it! The party was a hit and Emma had a GREAT time! She smiled and played the whole time and I couldn’t have been happier which was such a good feeling after all the hard work of planning. I want to make a book of the party using Shutterfly or some such service. If you’ve got any recommendations for that please share in the comments below. Come back soon for the cookie post, I think you’ll love it!!

Happy Celebrating!


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