20 Aug

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

This adorable “Day in the Garden” themed party – created by hwtm reader Dana Nussbaum for her daughter Maddie’s first birthday – is full of SO MANY creative details!

There’s a touch of the whimsical garden theme in absolutely every element of the party… from butterfly lollipops in the dessert buffet to garden themed board books and snail/butterfly finger puppets in the favor pails to themed activities like “flower potting” and “ladybug relaxation” stations.

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

I’m especially loving this bright & colorful cupcake tower and all the garden-themed accents worked into the treat buffet!

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

Read on for lots more pictures and all the creative details, as told by Dana

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REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

“The theme was inspired by my daughter’s absolute love for our backyard and all things outdoor/garden… flowers, ladybugs and everything in between!

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

Centerpieces: These added so much whimsy and color to the party and were so easy and fun to make! Each centerpiece was made with a brightly colored tin bucket and 3 multicolored pinwheels. A little green tissue paper grass added the finishing touch!

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

Each child received a flower headband upon entrance (a great find in the Target $1 bins!)

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

The party site was decorated with pictures of Madison from each month of her first year. I framed them in brightly colored frames I found at Ikea and labeled each one with the corresponding month using scrapbooking labels.

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

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ACTIVITIES
A giant ball pit was the hit of the party!
I custom made ours with a large inflatable pool selected in the colors of the party and then filled it with over 1,000 colored playballs.

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

In addition to the ball pit, kids had the choice of three stations to choose from:
Flower Potting Station – kids potted and watered their own pots using miniature gardening tools and tiny painted pots found at Target.
Handprint Station – each of the kids made their handprint on a mat board customized with the slogan “Oh, How I Have Grown!”  and took it home as a keepsake.
Ladybug Relaxation Station – for kids needing a break from the action, I set up a special Relaxation area with a giant ladybug beanbag and flower tuffets; there was a small table featuring a terrarium with ladybugs and toy bugs / dragonflies for the kids to play with.

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

Since this was a sunny day, a special Sunscreen Station was set up with sunscreen wipes and a pair of sunglasses for each child that they could also take home with them (easy to find in the party favors aisle; I embellished mine with floral stickers to match the theme).

In addition to taking great traditional shots of the party, our amazing photographer (Jen St. John) also took a Polaroid of each family and we put them in customized embellished folders so each guest could take some memories home with them.

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REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

DESSERT BAR
We are a big dessert family so we set up a dessert table with garden theme goodies such as gummy ladybugs, butterfly lollipops, caterpillar sugar cookies, giant pixie sticks and a tower of baby-sized cupcakes! (also see image #3, at top)

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

Baby Snack Bar: Since we had many babies in attendance at the party, I didn’t want to leave the lil’ ones out…we featured a baby snack bar with glass containers of baby-friendly fare like Yogurt Melts, Organic Puffs and Dried Fruit, along with miniature multi colored snack cups so their parents could fill one up and take it outside to the garden.

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

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REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

PARTY FAVORS
-The inspiration for these was a collection of Madison’s favorite things, all with a garden twist
• Personalized sand pails (found for $1.00 each at Michael’s and easily customized with stickers)
• Miniature Bubbles
• Little Twig Bath Care Goody Bag (Bumble Bee bath mitts with a selection of sample-sized bath products)
• Renee & Jeremy CDs (this is Maddie’s favorite musical duo!)
• Garden Themed Board Books
• Playtex Straw Cups customized with garden theme stickers
• Handmade flower hair clips for the girls (a great find on Etsy!)
• Butterfly / Snail finger puppets (found for under $1.00 at Ikea!)
• Personalized Name Labels for each of the kids (with garden theme designs like butterflies / bugs)”

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

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A few more fun shots:

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

REAL PARTIES: A Day in the Garden

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VENDORS:
- Send in the Clowns: Party Entertainer, Party Assistant, Handprint Station
- Mary Had A Little Party: Invitations, custom signs, favor tags, birthday banner, cupcake toppers
- Barbara Neely Designs: Caterpillar Banner
- Chickabug: Labels; Dessert Bar & Potting Station
- GlitzGlamBowtique:  Custom Birthday Hat
- OrangeKisses:  Custom Tissue Poms
- Jen St. John Photography:  event photography
- Crumbs Bakeshop, Calabasas – mini cupcakes
- Susie Cakes, Calabasas – birthday cake

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35Comments

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kira SAYS:

Dana did such an amazing job…every detail is so thoughtful and whimsical. I love the sunscreen station idea and the lady bug resting area…I want a lady bug resting area!!! Where did she find that fun acrylic(?) box with the polka dots on the dessert table?

Reply August 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

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SEND IN THE CLOWNS SAYS:

What a great job by Dana-the bday mom(and our lovely client)! SEND IN THE CLOWNS LA provided a variety of entertainment elements: Custom Hand Print Station, Oodles of bubbles, & Fairy Fun–just to name a few!
Thrilled to be part of this well-executed event for a darling 1yo!

Leesa Zelken, CEO (Children’s Entertainment Organizer TM)
SEND IN THE CLOWNS “Bravura kiddie party planning”
http://www.sendintheclownsla.com

Reply August 20, 2010 at 11:03 am

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Ann Marie Buckley SAYS:

This is just so cute! Thank you for sharing! I have a list of your really cute ideas. And Madison is stunning!!!

Reply August 20, 2010 at 11:16 am

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Joyce SAYS:

Love this!! So many great ideas!

Reply August 20, 2010 at 11:31 am

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Maribel SAYS:

Love, love, love the baby snack bar station…I’m stealing, I mean borrowing this idea along with the sunscreen station for my son’s upcoming birthday party. Great job Dana. You’re so creative!

Reply August 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm

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Kristin SAYS:

Really well done. Love how you incorporated DIY ideas into your plan so your own style would shine.What memories those stunning pictures will tell in years to come!!

Reply August 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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Betty Islas Velazquez SAYS:

OMG!!! I love it!! So many inspirations for my daughters 2nd Birthday!

Reply August 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

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Pink Peppermint Paper SAYS:

Those invitations are super cute! Love the individual flower petals.

Eleanor

Reply August 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm

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Jen @ Passion-for-Parties.com SAYS:

What a spectacular celebration! The little ladybug relaxation station is beyond cute!!! Love how no detail was left unattended. Adorable! :)

Reply August 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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Jen St. John SAYS:

Everything turned out super adorable and the itty bitty’s had such a great time! Thank you for making me a part of this special special celebration, Maddie’s 1st Birthday!

jenstjohnpix@gmail.com

Reply August 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm

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Natasha SAYS:

Love all of the ideas and I too will be borrowing some. Did you buy or make the flower lanterns hanging outside over the table and chairs?

Reply August 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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Jen SAYS:

Dana
Everytthing turned out so perfect and the itty bitty’s all had such a great time! Thank you for sharing such a special celebration with me!!

Xo

Jenstjohnpix@gmail.com

Reply August 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

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Malinda SAYS:

Oh My Goodness! I love this party! It is simply adorable!

Reply August 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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Pam SAYS:

Love the arrangements and the photos really capture the fun, playful, colorful party theme. Good job all.

Reply August 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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susan@tickledpaisley SAYS:

Wow! Just A D O R A B L E!!!!

Reply August 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

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