Chasing Davies: Preparing for Nora's 1st Birthday!

October 29, 2014

Preparing for Nora's 1st Birthday!

first brunch birthday party idea for baby girl

I can't believe Nora is already almost one years old.  She doesn't even seem that old... in my mind she is just the little, cuddly baby who was born practically yesterday.  Time has really flown by fast this last year and despite not mentally being ready for my baby to be one, I've started preparing for the big day.  The first birthday party, of course!  

Nora's birthday falls at the start of a busy holiday season (and Liam's comes smack in the middle of it - good timing, huh?), so I knew I wanted to do a brunch-style party.  But that's about all I had in mind when I took to Tiny Prints to look for the perfect invitation, and a little party inspiration guidance.

From there, I have decided on a garden party theme (going super girly here, folks... why not?!) and below I'm sharing a bit of my plans and inspiration.  Over the next few weeks, we'll see how much I can execute in the realm of DIY and what else I might come up with. 

Because this party falls between meal times, I feel like I can have more fun with this!  I plan to do a Donut Bar (inspired by this bridal shower) instead of a typical cake, however, I'll have a small smash cake for Nora. Other less-sugary edibles will be provided as well (I'm thinking quiche, because yum).

Mimosas for the parents (after all, it's a celebration of surviving this first year, too!) and virgin mimosas for everyone else (aka, orange juice).

DIY Project Plans:
1. Spray paint Mason Jars and a variety of other glass vases that I hope to thrift (and let's be honest, potentially anything else in my eye sight) gold to fill with a few flowers each and spread around the house and on the dessert/food table.

2.  Create a table and photo backdrop with strips of floral fabric tied to a stick (inspiration from Casey's beautiful one here + the stick I used to hang white streamers for Liam's first party).

3. Floral embellished number "1" to hang as decor (I did something similar with coffee filters for Liam's winter one-derland themed first party and similar to this pretty one here).

Party Activities:
Besides eating, seeing if Nora will smash into some cake and watching her first annual photo video?  I'm thinking of having a little floral crown DIY station for the bigger kids and adults (this tutorial looks pretty easy!).

Other than that, I'm still thinking... but I'm also trying not to go overboard! Any other ideas you think I should consider?

And of course, I'll make sure to share a recap of the big day here after the party.

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