10 Aug

REAL PARTIES: My Little Sunshine Birthday Party

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

This “My Little Sunshine” first birthday party is just too sweet for words!

Lindi of lovetheday designs created this happy little celebration for her daughter Ellason‘s first birthday, and – from the whimsical touches of lace and creative desserts to the “sunshine playlist” and adorable vintage bunting – the end result is nothing short of absolutely LOVELY!

I can also see this theme translating well to a baby shower or “You Are My Sunshine” bridal shower/engagement party.

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more beautiful pics and party details/resources from Lindi… 

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas


The party featured an array of yellows and creams and was held on my backyard patio. Guests were welcomed with a “come around back” sign and my rustic fence was surrounded with yellow bunting (made from vintage sheets).

Displayed around the yard were large dowels that had been painted yellow and decorated with fabric and “Ellason is 1” signs.

Glass jars filled with yellow daisies & lemon drops hung from the trees. Flowers were stapled to the fence to serve as table backdrop, and a paper sun garland hung from the fence as well!

Party Favors were ribbon-bedecked “sunshine wands” with a “thanks for shining with us” label.

I designed all the printable party materials (my Etsy shop: lovetheday designs)

Food & Drinks:
• homemade lollipops: Amy Sweet Dream
• panna cotta, banana pudding, mini cheesecakes, and chocolate truffles: City Sweets
• sugar cookies/fondant toppers: Jane Miller
• cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcakes
• lemonade/cucumber water


Thanks again to Lindi for the lovely party inspiration! Seeing things like this makes me excited to start planning Macy’s first birthday party already… and she’s only 5 months! ;)

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Lisa SAYS:

I LOVE this sunshine party! The yellow wands and tags are adorable. The bright sunny yellow screams summer fun!

August 10, 2010 at 5:25 am

Laura SAYS:

Love these sweet little ideas. I really like the yard stakes with the streams of material. Very cute!!!

August 10, 2010 at 5:43 am

Jen @ Passion-for-Parties.com SAYS:

This is such a cute idea! I agree the yard stakes are adorable. The desserts look delish!!!

August 10, 2010 at 5:51 am

Desirable Weddings SAYS:

Wow what an amazing mother. Now I wish I had done more for my daughter’s first birthday. Absolutely beautiful photo’s and I absolutely loved all of the ideas and the bright yellow colour scheme.

August 10, 2010 at 6:02 am

staceys SAYS:

Oh so Sweet!
I have one more SUNshine song suggestion ;
Sound of Sunshine, by Michael Franti- its so upbeat and has become my summer jam!

August 10, 2010 at 6:37 am

Andrea Swenson SAYS:

I love the yellow and the sunshine wands! I adore the tablecloth!

August 10, 2010 at 6:55 am

Erin Volante SAYS:

This is SO CUTE! What a darling party theme, totally filing this one for future reference! The dessert table is just gorgeous and the lace everywhere… perfection!

August 10, 2010 at 7:04 am

rebecca SAYS:

absolutely beautiful.

August 10, 2010 at 7:19 am

Becky SAYS:

VERY cute, and I love that it isn’t the typical pink girl’s birthday theme.

August 10, 2010 at 7:30 am

Katrina Babic SAYS:

SHUT UP!!! u r kidding me right?! This is what my daughter wanted for her birthday this year! She will be 4 around X-mas, and she wears her “shun-Shine” shirt everyday ;) Thanks for the ideas…

August 10, 2010 at 7:51 am

Amy @ Blowout Party! SAYS:

Love the theme! What a sweet idea! And that playlist is too cute :)

August 10, 2010 at 8:43 am

Carli SAYS:

This couldn’t be cuter. The yellow and cream are scrumptious. What little girl wouldn’t love a sunshine party!

August 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

Tricia SAYS:

This party looks amazing! The table, the wands, the food….Are you kidding me?!? The lace gives it such a feminine touch. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!

August 10, 2010 at 9:49 am

Nancy SAYS:

Such cute details! Love the font choice of all the custom labels!

August 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

vanessa SAYS:

So pretty! What a sunny way to celebrate a birthday, and those desserts look absolutely fantastic! Those songs would make it even better too

August 10, 2010 at 10:51 am


This is such a ridiculously cute and cheery party! I love the playlist, it actually reminded me of some great music I’ve forgotten about. The yellow cake stands are beyond precious.

August 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Lindi SAYS:

Thanks Jennifer for the feature! You’ve made my day!!

August 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Amanda SAYS:

Such an original party! I love every little detail!

August 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Young Sophisticates SAYS:

Love the yellow color!!!! The cupcake stand is absolutely fantastic. Bravo!


August 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm
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