This precious GENDER NEUTRAL SPRING SOIREE FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Belinda Blackwood of Littlechair.
I love the simplicity and all of the delicate components of this party! It has so many sweet ideas that would be perfect for both boy and girl parties, as well as baby and bridal showers. A few of my favorite elements of this gender neutral spring soiree are:
The mini ribbon banner cake topper
The painted wooden spoon and water balloon activity
This is what Belinda said about planning the party- “When we shared our news of a new baby due to arrive in September with our 2 children aged 6 and 3, there was much discussion about what ‘Season’ this baby would be born in! It was decided that we should put flowers into the garden to welcome our baby in spring…and so in April we lovingly placed Freesia bulbs deep into the ground around our home. During the weeks that led to Baby’s arrival we noticed with much excitement one by one the freesias start to appear randomly in our garden beds. Each Beautiful Freesia seemed to take us another step closer to our baby’s arrival and we all welcomed the distraction while we waited.
Our Baby Boy arrived on a beautiful spring day in September last year, and as I walked to the car on the way to the hospital I could smell freesias in the air, and see the cheerful dots of color throughout our garden beds. Of course our 2 excited children greeted us in hospital after baby’s arrival bearing a beautiful bunch of hand-picked Freesias which sat in a vase beside our bed for our stay.
I did not remove the bulbs from the garden after they had flowered as ‘they’ say you are supposed to do….and to our surprise, one by one our Freesias have flowered again this spring…just in time for our Baby Boys first birthday.
We decided on a “Spring theme” for Ned’s 1st Birthday Celebration using bright yellow and orange to complement the freesia’s we had in our garden. We set up the party table in our nearby “parklands” and enjoyed a morning of fun with close family and friends.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Jute Twine Striped Paper Straws Ribbon Clear Cellophane Bags Honeycomb Flowers Tissue Balls Balloons Milk Bottles
This is what Erin said about planning the party- “The party details were inspired by a printable party collection I found on Etsy from FlairDesignery. Perhaps my favorite item to create was the birthday banner, which I assembled using double sided tape and ribbon. The cupcakes were a personal favorite, chocolate oreo made by my friend Michelle at Pink Pinwheel Bakery. Glass apothecary jars were filled with red candy to match the party scheme, including Swedish Fish and Twizzlers. Guests sipped Izze Pomegranate Soda with Tall Sally Sodapop Straws from Sweet Lulu. I made white chocolate pretzels and packaged them in Mini Craft Gable Boxes as party favors for the adult guests. All of the kids who attended the party received fun Nautical Favors to complement the party theme. They were reusable canvas totes filled with sailboat bath toys, fish-shaped twisty straws, and blow fish squirt toys.”
Here’s what Benny had to say about photographing the party- “Kids grow up so quickly, especially when it comes to this little fellow. A year ago, I was asked by Ruth to photograph her newborn son, Edrei. So, when I was asked to be the photographer at his 1st Birthday party, I couldn’t believe a year had flown by! It was a very fun and exciting party, even as an adult, I must admit I had fun myself! The details and decorations for this party were amazing! Everything was so colorful and vivid! The farm theme for this party was perfect, especially since the party was located… well, at an actual barn. Everything tied so perfectly together and I’m sure this party is one the children will never forget. Ruth is an amazing party planner who most definitely will not disappoint!”
Photography- Benny Ventura Photography
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Balloons Cupcake Liners Pinatas Napkins, Utensils, Cups
Jennifer said this about planning the party- ”It was an absolute honor to be asked to plan a first birthday party for this little guy, Oaks! We call him Mighty Oaks! He was adopted from an orphanage in July of 2012. His parents waited soooo long for their dream to come true of being able to adopt! Oaks’ momma, Angel, is the sweetest person I have ever met! The type of person you want to surround yourself with all day long. She is always smiling, laughing and living life to the absolute fullest! Oaks has one amazing family! His daddy, Dusty, flew thousands and thousands of miles to bring him home for the rest of the family to meet… including Oaks’ big sister Auburn!
Angel was so fun and easy to work with in planning this party! Our first meeting was so easy because Angel already knew that she wanted a mustache bash. After that, it just came down to the style and colors! With this party being only a week before Christmas, I thought it would be a fun idea to have Santa show up and hand out gifts to the children! The look on the kids’ faces when he pulled out a present with their name on it was priceless.
For food, we served ‘little man’ foods, like pigs in a blanket, mini pizzas and Frito chili pies. There was also almond bark popcorn and white cheddar popcorn in cute dotted paper cones, along with veggie and fruit stache cups!
The kids LOVED the photo booth and choosing all of the different party props! The favors were Christmas ornaments with glitter mustaches tied with ribbon and wrapped in a pretty white box and silk bow!”
Party styling and planning- J.KATE DESIGNS
Photography- Angel Porch of Art and Soul Photography
Cupcake toppers, Happy Birthday banner and highchair banner- Joosy Card Co
Tassel fringe- studio mucci
Chalkboard painted sign- Lacey Bernstein
Santa- Forever After Parties
Party props for photo booth- Party Goodies
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Cupcake Liners Lollipop Sticks Bendy Straws Apothecary Jars Balloons