Wednesday, November 16, 2011

celebrate: first birthday cheer

I'm so excited to introduce today's guest for her first blogging role (shaking with excitement)!! Kimie is one of my greatest friends in the world and has made Portland, Ore. a more beautiful place since moving there years ago. She's the amazing mom to this cutie and an inspired DIYer. Glad to have her on IHB! Visit Kimie on Pinterest.

Look Whoo's Turning 1!
Some might call it obsessive, I just call it wonderful! My name is Kimie and yes I have an owl fetish. It all started 10 plus years ago when Debbie, Cece and I were checking out some garage sales and I found a tacky gold owl necklace (which I'm still rocking, thank you!!).

So when it came time to plan my daughter's first birthday party, I had no problem coming up with a theme. The color palate ("what's that?" asked my husband) was a different story. Then I found this great photo on Pinterest and used it as my inspiration. I decided to add a pop of turquoise for a little dimension.


Party Hats

The party hats were simple. I bought a $2.99 pack of striped party hats from Target. The stripes didn't match my colors, so I decided to cover them with 12"x12" scrapbook paper. This turned out easier than I thought, and were a big hit with the kids (and a few adults) at the party. I simply took one hat apart, created a template, and cut and stapled them over the striped pattern. For the birthday girl's hat, I used the SchoolBook cartridge and my Cricut machine, and glued the 1 to the front of the hat.


Cupcakes
Nothing beats Betty Crocker's boxed Devil's Food cupcakes. I found the recipe online and made a simple cream cheese frosting. For the cupcake toppers, I used my Cricut machine and the Create a Critter cartridge for the owls. I found the lollipop sticks at Michael's ($2.99) and taped the sticks to the back of the owls. Done!


The cake stand is actually a drink dispenser stand from Pottery Barn ($14.99) and fits a 9" cake perfectly!!! The turquoise runner was left over wrapping paper that I had in my closet. The banner behind the table was cut out from the Cricut (yes, it sleeps next to me at night) and I attached it to a simple Jute Twine from Michaels.

I planned on creating more to hang from the ceiling, but some things just don't get done when your mother-in-law is staying with you for five nights (who's with me on that one?)!

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2 comments :

  1. This birthday party looks like it was a HOOT! Nice work, Kimie! Totally appreciated your humor throughout the post :) I've had to explain the importance of wedding colors to Brian a few times...silly men!

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