Thursday, August 9, 2012

You Are My Sunshine {Party Details}

I had a blast preparing for Nora's You Are My Sunshine 1st birthday party.  I wanted to create a vintage feeling so I incorporated several vintage fabrics in yellow and orange, old crates, and embroidery hoops. Here are some of the decoration details.

Food Table

It was a humid day (in fact it rained all day until about 1 hour before the party) so we didn't put the cupcakes out until it was time to eat.  The menu also featured an ice cream bar with lots of topping choices.

A shot with all the food

A wide shot of the set-up: food table, high chair, and lemonade stand

The guest tables were draped in a vintage sheet to act as a tablecloth.  The centerpieces were a yellow round woven placemat with a mason jar filled with lemons and daisies.

Scalloped fabric garland made with coordinating yellow and orange fabrics.  It is a mix of modern and vintage prints.  I love the soft edges.  Hope I can find someplace else to use it.

The ever present DIY cupcake stand made from white candlestick holders and plates.  The cupcakes were vanilla and lemon.  Free cupcake topper printables from Kiki Creates
Nora's special treat

And what's a sunshine party without a lemonade stand?

To create the lemonade stand I draped a vintage tablecloth over a small kids table to hold the drinks then stacked crates for the drink accessories


To identify the drinks we used DIY mini chalkboard signs. 

We had several kid friendly games set up such as Beach Balls and Balloons, Bean Bag Toss, and a Wild Wheels Obstacle Course

A small scallop garland to pretty up the birthday girl's high chair

The party was held outside but I couldn't resist doing a little decorating inside too.  The mantel outfitted with a doily garland (tutorial from Lemon Tree Creations vie Apartment Therapy), embroidery hoops filled with coordinating fabric, paper fans, and a You Are My Sunshine print from The Wheatfield (this picture and the "E" were actually taken off of Nora's wall in her room)


In the bay window we put up a picture of Nora from each of her 12 months.  We bought dollar store frames (actually still had them from Sawyer's 1st bday party) and spray painted them yellow.

Each of Nora's friends received a party favor: peach rings (reminded me of a sun) in baby food jars and a pair of sunglasses with a tag that said "Thanks for brightening my day!"

The invitations: created by Katiedid Designs then I stitched them onto vintage fabric
It was a fun little party for our ray of sunshine!  I find it ironic I did a snowflake 1st birthday for Sawyer and a sunshine 1st birthday for Nora.  What's with the weather themes.


  1. What a cute party, Kristen! Too bad we don't live closer...we could swap party supplies. ;)

  2. So cute and creative! Love it!

  3. LOVED the invites!! What a cute set up!!! I'm in love with the style and her cute little dress! Momma Schenk...your a crafty lady! Inspiration is everywhere! LOVE IT! Happy Birthday again to a very sweet beautiful little girl!

  4. Where did you purchase the sunglasses from?