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REAL PARTIES: Modern Garden Birthday

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Today’s featured “real party” is ridiculously cute! This contemporary Garden Party theme was created to celebrate the first birthday of Mark & Mandy’s adorable daughter, Elsie – but the look would also translate beautifully into a bridal shower, baby shower, or birthday for older girls as well…

modern garden birthday party

From the get-go, Mandy paid attention to all those little details. How cute are the invitations pictured above?! That’s the birthday girl featured on the invite, wearing one of the flower headbands that were the inspiration for the entire party.

modern garden birthday party

Coordinating paper patterns were used throughout the party – on everything from the lining of the invitation envelope to the party hats, cupcake tower, and loads of butterfly silhouettes that adorned the windows, walls, and flower arrangements. Acrylic discs were also backed with colorful papers to create the cool table motif pictured above and below.

modern garden birthday party

The centerpiece of the table was a 5 tiered cupcake display, made from scratch using cake discs, cake pillars, hot glue and screws, and decorative paper.

modern garden birthday party

modern garden birthday party

Little bottles of bubbles embellished with paper and butterflies made fun favors for little ones…

modern garden birthday party

And here’s a peek at the inspiration that kicked off all this wonderful creativity…those cute flower headbands (from the $1 bins at Target, by the way), and of course, the guest of honor, herself!

modern garden birthday party

Amazing party, Mandy – thanks for sharing!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

60 responses to “REAL PARTIES: Modern Garden Birthday”

  1. amy says:

    This is ridiculously cute, Mandy. I’m in love with the acrylic disc table topper. Just brilliant!

    – Amy

  2. Lily says:

    This is seriously the sweetest party ever! The bubbles are adorable – and I love the butterflies on the wall!! Great job!

  3. alison says:

    i love the m&m’s in the glasses!

  4. Mimi says:

    I love how you are posting all of these real parties! Keep them coming, this one is gorgeous! :)

  5. Shelly G. says:

    I love this little party theme… Every part of it is darling… It makes me want to have a party :)

  6. Julie Hansen says:

    where did you do the beautiful invitations?
    Thanks for sharing such a darling party idea.

  7. Indoor Water Fountains says:

    You party was an interesting one. All the pictures are really cute especially the kids with flower headband. It makes the feel of the garden party.

  8. Carrie says:

    Wow! I love this party! Its absolutely adorable. My favorite thing is that beautiful cupcake stand that Mandy created. It makes me want to have a little girl! Great job.

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  10. Jenn says:

    Hi Julie –

    Mandy actually designed the invitations herself, and here’s what she said about the production:

    “For the invites I printed the invite and then printed the pattern on pink paper for the back. I spraymounted the pieces together. I made envelope inserts to bring the patterned paper in, and used Zazzle for the custom Elsie stamps.”

    Jenn :)

  11. megan says:

    Where did all those butterflies come from? Handcut? Various size hole punches? Store bought? I must know! They are too cute!

  12. Jenn says:

    Hi Megan –

    Here’s Mandy’s answer to your butterflies question:

    “The butterflies on the bubbles (tiny ones) were punched using a martha stewart punch, but the other butterflies were all hand cut. I found a “butterfly template” online and then cut it out on bristol board and used it to trace onto the paper. We cut and cut butterflies so we could have some swarms through the house. :)

    One quick note: all of the paper was from Hobby Lobby – scrapbook paper which was patterned on the front and a matching color on the back so there was visual interest from all angles. We had them up in our house for a couple of weeks. ”

    – Jenn :)

  13. Maryann says:

    Love the party. Very cute. i’m throwing my son’s 1st bday next month and we are doing a barnyard theme. How did you make the cupcake stand? I’m planning on making cupcakes for his party and would love to display on something similar. Thanks.

  14. Jeannine says:

    Hi Loved your party. what did you use to hang the butterflies so that it didn’t hurt your paint on the walls?

  15. Leslie Swan says:

    That was such a cute party idea! Much different from the typical Elmo birthday party!

  16. Michelle says:

    I love it. We need a Animal theme one! :)

  17. Angela M says:

    Can you give some more information please? I am wondering where can I find the acrylic discs? This is beautiful! Thank you!

  18. ashleyD says:

    i’m AMAZED to say the least! so beautiful!!

  19. Jenn says:

    Hi Angela –
    I’m going to check in with Mandy and see if I can get that info on the acrylic discs for you…keep you posted!


  20. michelle d says:

    This party makes my mouth water! LOVE it! I would love info on the acrylic discs as well. Thank YOU

  21. Jenn says:

    Some answers from Mandy in regards to the questions above…

    The acrylic discs were purchased at my local plastics store (Colorado Plastics). I used to live in California and Tap Plastics was a great source (I think they have an online store as well).

    On the butterflies, I used Poster tack (Elmer’s poster tack) – I had the butterflies up for a couple of weeks and there was no mess or marks.

    I made the cupcake stand using cake supplies all purchased at Michael’s Craft store. I used cardboard cake discs and cake pillars. I assembled each layer, added the pillars, and covered the end with a 1″ strip of patterned paper. I hot glued the layers and then added wood screws to give extra support.


    Thanks for the info, Mandy!

  22. Mary says:

    HI there!
    How were the enevelope address labels made? They are so cute!

  23. Jenn says:

    Hi Mary –
    Mandy actually custom designed both the invites and labels herself. You can print your own labels at home using label sheets that feed directly into your printer. (or find someone as talented as Mandy to create them for you!)

  24. Nicole says:

    I love this theme. I want something very girly for my little one when she turns one but I hate all those cheesy themes that usually have to do with cartoon characters. I am wondering if anyone has any other ideas for the acrylic discs. We do not have a plastics place around the area where I live. I am not sure what to use instead. I like the concept of the discs but not sure what to use in place of the arcrylic discs. Looking for some ideas! Thanks!!

  25. jenny says:


    I am copying this darling theme for my daughters birthday this weekend. Instead of using the acrylic discs, I bought cardboard cake supports (the cardboard that a cake sits on) I got mine at Hobby Lobby and they come in 4-6 different sizes. Follow the instuctions on how to wrap the foil on them, just you are using paper instead of the foil. It is really easy.

  26. tonya says:

    Hi! I love the flower headband. Did Mandy make those or is there a website in which they can be purchased from?

  27. Ruth Deal says:

    Please inform me if you cut out those butterflies yourself or where they purchased?

  28. Ruth Deal says:

    Please inform me whether you cut out those butterfly’s yourself or where they purchased

  29. Lucia says:

    It’s beautiful!!!Could you let me know where you got the invations

  30. jasen says:

    perfect for garden party. i love this creative theme for birthday party. its gives a thumbs up on SU.

  31. Suzanne says:

    Hello, i am throwing my daughters 1st birthday party in June and think this idea is amazing – not to mention perfect for what i am looking to do – can you direct me to where you found the party hats and coordinating supplies – i just think the colors are so vibrant – thank you!

  32. jenn s. says:

    Hi Suzanne –

    Mandy actually made all the supplies from scrapbook paper! She cut the butterflies, hats, and other details from 12″ sheets of scrapbook paper. The paper is from American Crafts™. You can find it at most scrapbook supply stores – and there’s also a website called Scrappin’ Grannies that carries their entire collection online:

    To make your own party hats, cut the paper into a half circle shape like this: – then roll into a cone and glue the edges together. Staple a thin piece of elastic to both sides… and done!

    Also – if you read the comments above – Mandy answered a bunch of questions about the other decorative details and how she made them.

    Good luck! :)

  33. Suzanne says:

    hello – i was wondering if u had any ideas for boys who would be attending the party as well – the flower head bands are great for the girls, but i am stumped on what to do for the boys – any good advice?

  34. Christy says:

    I love the idea too! I was wondering what program you used to create the invitations. I have a picture of my little one to use, but don’t know how to make the picture so that it is just of my child’s outline without anything in the background, like you did.

  35. nazar says:

    very nice blogs and very quality images..thanks

  36. Janet says:

    Eberything looks awesome, especially the invites. Do you know what computer application/ software she used to design the invitations?

  37. jenn s. says:

    Hi Janet –
    I’m not 100% sure, but since Mandy is a graphic designer by trade, I’d bet my money on one of the Adobe programs – Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign. You could accomplish that layout with any of those programs…

    If you don’t have those design programs though, you can find super cute birthday invitations with a similar style at and :)

  38. Nikki says:

    This is FANTASTIC! I absolutely love this idea. You have a gift. Definitely unique. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!

  39. Christina says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! My baby girl is turning 1 this month and my mother-in-law and I are planning her party together. We were not very impressed with any of the ‘packaged’ themes out there and we decided on doing a garden theme with flowers, butterflies and ladybugs since her birthday is in May. I decided to do a search to see if I could find any cute ideas, and by finding this site I have hit the jackpot!
    Thank you again!

  40. jenn s. says:

    You’re very welcome, Christina! Thanks for the sweet comment! :)