17 Jan

Adorable Pretty in Pink 1st Birthday Party

Birthday Girl

This gorgeous “Pretty in Pink” first birthday party hosted and styled by Jamielyn of  I {heart} Nap Time certainly “takes the cake” when it comes to all things pink and feminine! Inspired by her adorable daughter’s love of pink, pearls, bows and all things girly, Jamielyn created a magical celebration all girly-girls out there dream of… Everything from the beautiful, pink confections to the pretty pink party decor will leave you feeling like a little princess.

Get ready to be wowed by the pink ruffled dessert table backdrop, not to mention all the fabulous upcycled party elements! Who knew a rusty old chandelier could be transformed into a ridiculously cute pink cake and cupcake centerpiece fit for a princess?!

Birthday Girl, Beverages and Dessert Table

Birthday Cookies

READ ON for lots more sparkling-sweet images and details, including the DIY projects Jamielyn has graciously shared with us…

Invitation and Cupcake

Pretty Pink Cake

Candy and Cake Pops

Dessert Table

Water Bottles and Photo Decor

Birthday Cake

Candy Buffet


Birthday Girl and Dessert Table


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jamielyn


I knew I wanted to go over the top with my daughter’s first Birthday party. This was my first party that I’ve styled and I had so much fun creating the party decor.  The theme I went with was ‘Pretty in Pink’.  My daughter Emmalyn is just about as girly as they come and she LOVES pink. She enjoys trying on my pearls and her bows, so I wanted to tie that into the theme as well. I love to create decor on a budget so I found a lot of the decor pieces from Goodwill and upcycled them with pink spray paint.

My favorite upcycle was an old rusty chandelier I found for $5. I turned it into a beautiful pink cake stand trimmed with pearls. It completed the whole dessert table! You can find the tutorial here. I also turned an old nightstand I found for $2 into a ‘Pretty in Pink’ candy station. I converted some dollar store glass vases by pouring pink paint inside and swirling it around. Then I filled them with fresh pink flowers to add to the dessert table. You can find both of those tutorials here. I also spray painted a bunch of cute funky frames with pink spray paint to display Emmalyn’s photos from her first Birthday shoot.

For the party we served pink lemonade, club wraps, chicken croissant sandwiches, chips, veggies, fruit and strawberry dip. I poured the pink lemonade  in mason jars topped with citrus flower lids and pink striped straws. I wrapped each jar with ribbon, lace and twine securing it with glue dots.

The dessert bar was the best part! For the backdrop I hung up ruffle fabric with mounting tape and hung pommettes in the center. I draped the tables with pink fabric and hung the ribbon banner across the front. We had vanilla cake with strawberry filling, red velvet cake pops, royal icing cookies and strawberry cupcakes. I created polka dot favor bags with ribbon and a thank you tag that they could fill with candy. At the candy station we had pink gumballs, sixlets, rock candy, gummy bears, suckers and bubble gum sticks.

For the party we rented a princess bounce house and the kids had a ball jumping while the parents chatted and ate lots of cookies! The kids also had fun tossing balloons and blowing bubbles. Of course the best entertainment of all was watching our sweet girl dig into her first Birthday cake. We all snapped pictures with the Birthday queen and she just kept eating away. We love our sweet Emmalyn and I loved all the details that went into planning her first Birthday. It will definitely be a party to remember.



– Studio Photography: Momentology Photography
– Styling and Photography: I {heart} Nap Time
– Cake, Cookies & Cake Pops: Sugar Deams AZ
– Invitations, Banner, Food Labels, & Water Bottle Labels: Chickabug
– Ribbon Banner: A to Zebra Celebrations
– Poms and Pommettes: Pom Flair
– Chandelier Cake Stand: I {heart} Nap Time
– Straws & Favor Bags: Cakes & Kids Too 
– Bounce House: AZ  Bounce House
– Mason Jars lids: We Love Citrus
– Funky Frames: Cut It Out
– Pink Candy: Oh Nuts! 
– Pink Tutu and Party Hat: I {heart} Nap Time 
– Ribbon: The Ribbon Retreat
– Ruffle Fabric Backdrop: Ruffle Fabric

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The Party Press SAYS:

Incredibly precious… great work Jamielyn!

Reply January 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Rings Dublin SAYS:

So cute, pink is so pretty and perfect for a beautiful birthday girl

Reply January 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Andrea Worley SAYS:

Adorable! Love all the touches of pink and everything girly!

Reply January 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Abbey SAYS:

As always, Jamielyn knocked it out of the park! I LOVE this party. I hope I have a little girl someday so I can do something ultra girly like this ;)

Reply January 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Krista SAYS:

So sweet…just love the details! Where did you find that cute cupcake holder that looks like a flower?!

Reply January 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Sara Schmutz SAYS:

This is adorable! I am expecting my second girl, so I definitely am going to reference back to this party in a year! It is so cute, delicate and frilly! love!

Reply January 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Kirsten SAYS:

Oh My Cuteness!! That is one of the most adorable parties I’ve ever seen. Love love love it x

Reply January 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Jennifer @ Double the Fun Parties SAYS:

Well, I just want to pin the whole thing. But the first photo of Emmalyn about to dive into her cake is laugh-out-loud funny. Great job!

Reply January 18, 2012 at 6:27 am

Kaci SAYS:

This is really beautiful!

Reply January 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

FestivePartyGirl SAYS:

OMG this party is amazing! Pink is my favorite color so of course this party puts me in heaven. I love the invitations with Emmalyn’s pictures. She is adorable.

Reply January 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

Victoria Smith SAYS:

Oh my goodness!! this is so lovely…i have been searching the internet for ideas for my baby shower! we are expecting a little girl (Chloe) and i LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this party…thank you SO MUCH for including the supply information!!! you just saved me a TON of time and money! i never would have guessed this was done on a budget!!!

sigh, I’m so in love with this! awesome job and AWESOME blog!!!! thank you Hostess!!!

Reply January 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Balloon Decor SAYS:

Lots of great idea for 1st birthday party arrangement. This blog is very helpful for every party decor company.

Reply February 2, 2012 at 2:38 am

Sandra SAYS:

One of the cutest parties ever!

Reply February 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

Mary Schwegman SAYS:

I LOVE this! How did you do the favor bags? Did you attach the ribbon and Thank you card to it, or put it to the side so they can tie it?

Reply February 21, 2012 at 6:58 am

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