Invites designed by me, styled by @sarahjlarsen
I thought long and hard about what theme to use for Arden's 1st birthday. Since she's always been my happy, sunshine baby I originally thought of a yellow party. And then the whole Arden's Garden idea popped in my head and well, I LOVE a good pun. A big thanks to Tai Pan Trading for helping me pull this party off, since October isn't really the most prime time to throw a garden party. They still had the perfect garden related options for me, as well as the best white dishes around!
I designed the invites and went from there in terms of color and style. I wanted the party to be a little less rustic and a bit more mod, so I paired the graphic veggies with a modern typeface. I included a tomato encouraging guests to bring canned foods to be donated, in lieu of gifts.
I made the turnip garland from ornaments found at Tai Pan. It's a toss up between the garland and the cake for what I think makes the whole table. Or is it the cookies? I love it all so much. That amazing cake was made by Dolce Bella by Erin. I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said it was the best cake I've ever had. And those cookies? Yes, those are The Alison Show's infamous sugar cookies and yes they taste even better than you're imagining.
I picked up a few grocery store bouquets and some buckets from the dollar store. Not bad for $15 worth of flowers right?
I set up a little potting station for the kids to make a bean plant. I love bean plants because they sprout so quickly. I used this project as party favors for all the mini guests. I love having an activity double as a favor!
Inspired by Caravan Shoppe's table coverings, I created these large coloring pages to cover the kid tables. I printed these at Staples...their engineer prints are large and super cheap. I was so surprised how much Arden loved coloring! She spent a lot of time at that table.
We served mini sliders on pretzel buns, since Arden's favorite food is meat. I also had other fruit and veggie options for everyone to snack on!
As much as I LOVE decorating for parties, I love gathering with my friends even more. We were so lucky to have so many friends come celebrate Arden!
Turnip Ornaments, Metal Buckets, Veggie Dishes, White Platters, Orange Pants: Tai Pan
Arden's Birthday Dress: Dream Catcher Baby
Cake: Dolce Bella by Erin
Cookies and Expert Party Suggestions: The Alison Show
Invitations and Printables: Collected (me)