Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Whooo's Turning One - Gianna's First Birthday Party

My love of owls has been forced on Gianna since before she was born.  Have you seen her room?  Gianna loves owls too, though.  She has grabbed a few stuffed animal owls off of store shelves, and she claps whenever the book "Little Hoot" is read at storytime.  I think it's probably because she's surrounded by them all the time.  Anyways, an owl theme seemed natural for her first birthday party.











The invitation from Old Paper and Prints.  Barbara (the creator) was awesome to work with - let me change the colors and styles, and was quick!

We got really lucky with the weather and were able to utilize the backyard.  It was gorgeous on the day of Gianna's party, then cold and rainy the day after.  We set up the drinks on the bar (borrowed almost a year ago - thanks mom and dad!)


Sangria Blanca, and "Hoot's Hooch" (also known as beer) and soda for the adults, capri suns for the kiddos.

I am always so inspired by Kim from The TomKat Studio's dessert tables.  She often uses the frappuccino bottles (yay for being Earth friendly!)  I've found that the Archer Farms brand (Target) ones are my favorite - they're slightly more rounded.  Paper straws from Hey Yo Yo.

Food.....well, I totally forgot to take pictures of the food.  There was plenty of it, it was simple and it was good ;)

Since we had such gorgeous weather the kids spent a lot of time playing outside, swinging and playing wiffle ball.  I think the big highlight for them was the piñata





Then it was cake time.  Gianna was so dainty with her cake - such a girly girl, already!

Gianna's crown, cupcake toppers and clip in the very first picture all custom made by Haute Blue B:

Gianna really didn't make a mess.  After a few bites of cake she was over it and shaking her head no.


My friend Heather made the most gorgeous owl cookies:

I made some (not so cute) "owlie pops"

and Safeway made some cupcakes.  Felt flag cupcake toppers  by Haute Blue B sugar owl toppers by Layer Cake Shop:
 

Details.....the decorations were a lot of fun, and I got a lot of compliments on the ruffled streamers, which were also made by Haute Blue B.  (Thanks, Erin!)  Do I have talented friends or what?
 I stuck with an avian theme for my fireplace mantle.  The bigger apothecary jars I filled with brightly colored feathers.  In the smaller ones I got some vintage wooden spools from Etsy, and wrapped different owl fabrics around them.  I also scored two clearance owls from Kohl's. $2.50 from $30 - holla!


Now that all of the big parties for the year are done I feel like I can breathe!  Thanks for checking it out! :)

22 comments:

hannah singer said...

everything turned out so cute, looks like it was super fun! you're so creative!
(we LOVE the "little hoot" book!)

xo

Life With the Crazies said...

What a sweet party! Love the adorable and hand crafted details. What a little doll face!

Amy said...

DARLING!! And Evy and Gianna have the same bedding!! :) So cool! I love Pottery Barn Kids! And your party looked like a blast. So nice when both the kids and adults can have fun. xoxo :)

Kelly said...

What a beautiful party! I LOVE the owl theme!
I'm going to try to channel some of your creativity for Addi's party.!

kim said...

GREAT color scheme. Love he light blue with pink - FAB. U. LOUS. Just like you and your girls!

Pinatas can be hit or miss in the cute department - and I have to say yours is a TOTAL HIT! I would be sad to crack that thing open!

Us Three and Me said...

OMG! too fuuny! Roya's room is all owls too!!!! and most of her cute shirts have owls on them! ha ha!

Us Three and Me said...

ok, you gotta tell me where you got her cake stand (the one with the crystals) its to die for!

Us Three and Me said...

ok, you gotta tell me where you got her cake stand (the one with the crystals) its to die for!

carlisle clan conversation... said...

You Holla girls are making that green eyed monster come out in full force...I'm looooooving these amazing parties you girls are posting! The girls look ADORABLE as usual...they are beautiful Heather!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

So cute Heather! It looked so bright & cheerful! Sad we couldn't be there to help you celebrate G's 1st bday!

Amy said...

Are you kidding me? The {Owlie Pops} are adorable! And those owls from Kohl's....score! Darling theme...as usual! ;-)

Amy said...

Are you kidding me? The {Owlie Pops} are adorable! And those owls from Kohl's....score! Darling theme...as usual! ;-)

Denissa said...

How cute!! I love the theme :)

Jessica Johnson said...

aghh! i'm dying over that picture of her hidden behind that piece of massive cake! and the owl clippie! so cute, heather. great job, mama! :)

Erin Burns said...

I can't believe she is already ONE! Weren't we all just hanging out and you were preggers??

Adorable party, so glad I could be a small part of the fun. Miss G is the HAUTEST 1 year old I know!
XOXO

Michelle said...

What a sweet party! My baby girl just turned one too! Visiting from Sugar and Dots and I am a new follower!
Have a great week!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

jo said...

You always plan the most awesome parties! Love all the little details! So fabulous! :)

Teri said...

So hard to believe that our little Gianna is 1 year old already. Where did the time go ? She is such a complete joy to my heart and her Bamma loves her so very, very much. My sweet girl, you have the most beautiful daughters - just like their mommy and thank you for allowing me to be such a big part of all of your lives. Love our big 1 year old and all of you so very much xoxoxox......

the thorntons said...

everything looks great! love the Owl theme!

the thorntons said...

everything looks great! love the Owl theme!

Last Minute Mel said...

What a fun party - the pinata and cookies are too cute for words :)

Jessica said...

So adorable! I just LOVE seeing photos of really cute parties. I'd love to pull off things like this. So fun :)

 

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