As a new parent, you cherish every moment with your new baby. Each month marks something new and exciting–a smile, cooing, sitting up, rolling over. And each month is full of awe and wonder for the brand new Momma and Dadda. And as a relatively new Momma myself, I just couldn’t resist when my friend, Sophie, asked me to help with her daughter’s 1/2 birthday party. Let’s be honest, I’ll use pretty much any excuse to have a party.
Sophie wanted pink and black ladybugs as her theme, so we set to work trying to come up with cute and affordable decorations (we have to save up so we can go crazy for her 1 year). Monika over at Hello Brielle set the tone for the decor with her super cute Little Lady invitation. I have to say, it’s probably one of my favorites of hers to date. It’s just so precious!
We used various shades of pink, and even threw in a little red (mostly because it was easier to work with red for food purposes). I kept the decor simple, doing only a couple things to add some color and whimsy to Sophie’s back yard. Recently I’ve seen paper lanterns turned into other things (like pumpkins for Halloween) and got the idea to turn pink paper lanterns into ladybugs (see tutorial here). I’m pretty sure I’m not the first one to think this up, but I have no idea where I’ve seen it, so I can’t credit anyone else. So I bought 2 shades of pink lanterns and made me some ladybugs. We also really liked the idea of a fabric strip backdrop because we could pull in all pink and red hues; to make it easy and inexpensive, I made the banner from streamers instead of fabric. Three rolls of streamers = $3 backdrop. Finally, I found some hot pink boas at the Dollar Tree, and bought a few of those to throw in some extra pops of color. Total decor cost came in just under $30.
Cupcake toppers and Happy Birthday banner designed by Hello Brielle
Sophie worked on all the food, keeping everything pink or red. The party was open house style, so we needed fun, little finger food that people could munch on as they came and went. Sophie served caprese salad bites, mozzarella balls in hummus cups, Nutella and strawberry heart sandwiches (oh my goodness, SO good; but Nutella-anything is always wonderful!), pink jello & marshmallow skewers, strawberry & watermelon skewers, red vines, and chocolate & strawberry cupcakes. Our drinks were water with strawberries and pink grapefruit punch.
Mom put out some coloring books and bubbles for the young guests to entertain themselves with.
This was such a fun and sweet event! I was so glad to be able help Sophie celebrate 6 happy months with her precious baby girl. Happy 1/2 birthday, Evie!
Planning, Decor & Photography: Marigold Events
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