Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pink Polka Dot Party, Alice's First Birthday

We all know once you have kids it's no longer about you, right? Alice was definitely the star of the party but I feel like there is something about the first birthday that is for parents too. It's a celebration of a crazy new life, a thriving kid, and of survival. We made it. Now pass me a drink!

We celebrated Alice's first birthday last weekend with a few close friends and family. It was an exhausting week of crafting, shopping and prepping, but I wouldn't have it any other way (okay, maybe I wouldn't have procrastinated sooo much). Prepare yourself for some pink polka dot photo overload...

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I have to give props to my card-crafting mom who had an invaluable supply of circle punches and to Hey Gorgeous Events whose DIY paint chip chandelier inspired Alice's fancy high chair garland. Thank you!!

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Alice was actually quite dainty with her birthday cake. She poked and prodded the thing but gobbled it down like any other food we put in front of her. The girl loves food and of course cake was no exception.

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We are so lucky to have such great family and friends who have supported and helped us through this crazy year. Thank you so much, peeps, we love you!

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It seems like just yesterday we brought this itty bitty baby home, stared at her in her nursery and wondered how we got so lucky.

Happy first birthday, baby girl. We love you so :)


Party Sources: birthday invites: designed by me36" polka dot balloon: Sweet Social, polka dot garland: diy, circle chalkboard: Michael's, party hat: diy using this template from jones design company, pink polka dot straws: Sweet Social, plastic milk glasses: Confetti & Sparkle Party Shop, 36" pink balloons: Confetti & Sparkle Party Shop


Christine

37 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics Christine! Looks like a fabulous party! :)

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  2. Looks like everyone had a wonderful time! And pink polka dots is such a cute theme - love all the little pink and white touches!

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  3. So awesome and stylish! I hope Alice appreciates your efforts when she looks back at the pictures. :)

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  4. amazing party! amazing decor! and I loved how everything turned out. Alice is so cute in her party dress and hat. thank you so much for support my shop Confetti&Sparkle we really appreciate the love. xo

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  5. Everything looks fantastic, Christine! You are such an incredible Mom and Alice is the sweetest :) Happy Birthdya, Little One! xoxo

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  6. Pretty girl, pretty mom, and pretty party! Congrats on making it through the first year Christine! :)

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  7. Happy Birthday Alice,what a beautifull party .
    I love all the deco .
    The cakes are so pretty
    Congratulations on your litlle girl party ,i love it
    xoxo
    Lulu

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  8. It was a great party…you many plan mine for next year, I will allow it.

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  9. adorable!love it all and looks like alice had a blast :)
    xoe

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  10. Happy Birthday #1 to Alice! Love the pink polka dot theme - you really did an amazing job creating all the beautiful decorations for the party :-) Alice's high chair is so festive!

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  11. What a gorgeous party for such a sweet little girl! I agree that the first birthday is as much a celebration of surviving the first year as parents as it is a celebration of the little one. That first year is hard!

    I love all the details and love you put into the party - gives me a kick to get started on H's birthday!

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  12. Oh Christine! The party turned out beautifully. You might just want to consider a new career - event and party planning ;) You've got talent girl!
    And, I had a little chuckle over the paper straws...couldn't help but think back to our conversation on these in Vancouver. LOL. Hope you're doing well and settling into working part-time.

    Cheers!

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    1. haha, those straws! They still are a bit weird to drink from, but at least they look pretty, right!? haha.

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  13. yay!! such an awesome party. everything looked (and tasted) awesome!! thanks so much for having us :) :) and happy happy birthday to your sweet little miss!

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    1. Thank you guys for coming, Alice particularly like Cole's party themed outfit :)

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  14. awww so cute! everything looks amazing, and doesn't feel overdone (which I imagine is HARD to do with pink polka dots!!) You did a great job, and it looks like a really special celebration!

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    1. Ya, that is so true. I hope it wasn't overdone!!

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  15. I'm in awe of this adorable party! Seriously Christine, everything just looked wonderful and your baby is so sweet!! The photos are gorgeous too! Will be pinning for future inspiration! Have a great Thanksgiving.

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  16. Absolutely awesome post! By far my favorite! The party and decor were as good as it looks on the photos, you and Mike did a great job. Our family had lots of fun and never forget this day. I like your opening, it's true, the first BDay more for the parents for surviving and enjoying it. BTW, stealing your DIY idea for our Christmas decor. I want to saw together the snowflakes the way you did circles. You are very creative and talented, thank you for that.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kat! I was so glad you and your boys could celebrate with us!

      Sewing is so easy for garland, you are going to love. Steal away!!

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  17. I was dying with anticipation for this! i love every single dot and puff...such a super cute party. And yay, you made it through the first year! Now hang on to your hat, bc the time really picks up speed now!! xo

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    1. Thanks, Cassie! And oh boy, you mean it goes faster than this! ugh.

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  18. everything looks so darling! especially the lil birthday girl! kudos!!!

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  19. hands down awesome. Now I want a polka dot party for my birthday ;) soooo how does it feel to have survived the first year? good job by the way :D and I see that Miss Alice is this close to walking - smartie pants. xo

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    1. You could totally rock a polka dot party, I'm pretty sure someone has a big birthday coming up, right??

      soooo, it feels pretty crazy. Fastest year of my life, that's for sure.

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  20. This is so adorable! I love the paint chips idea, everything ties in really beautifully. Great job Christine! Happy belated birthday to Alice!

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  21. gorgeous birthday party! i love the polka-dot everything (especially the streamers hanging off the high chair). Well done!

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  22. ::passing you a drink & raising my glass (it's empty, surprise surprise) to you::

    SUCH a beautiful birthday for a beautiful baby girl! You made something as classic & simple as polka dots so fresh & fun. I love that you decorated her high chair & wish I would've done that, oops. Sorry Quinn.

    Happy Birthday, Alice!! You have an amazing mama, gorgeous girl!

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  23. Wow, what a lucky girl! Happy B Day Alice!

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  24. oh my gosh, I love your polka dot party... so simple, but brilliant. All of your crafts look like they took a ton of time. I am just trying to muster up enough energy to make a polka dot garland for christmas. I think we may have a polka dot party in the future....and alice is growing up so big!! and beautiful, good job mom.

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  25. Found your site via Pinterest. LOVE LOVE what you did! Did you just run the dots through a sewing machine to make the garland? Thanks~

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes! Just straight through a sewing machine, super duper easy.

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