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
Here’s what Bird had to say about planning the party- “This is year I decided to re-design our original Easter Bunny printables using a pastel color scheme: Pastel pinks, yellow, blue and green. I also added a few more cute printables into the set, like the paper bows, adorable Easter Bunny Cupcake Wrappers in four colors, cute printable bag toppers and brand new invitations. It’s a total of over 18 pages of printables to help style a beautiful Easter Party with ease and without breaking the bank! ;)
This Easter party contains lots of handmade and crafty details like a paper version of my plush fabric flowers! I really wanted to incorporate those in the styling of the mini candy station, but had no time nor the patience to sew 4 new colored flowers, so I tried using paper instead – Guess what? it worked beautifully and took half the time!
For the styling I wanted to keep it simple but cute, so I used a lot of the Easter printables to decorate the candy station and the kid’s table. Large, pastel-colored paper lanterns hung from the tree above the table, which added color, provided shade and looked quite dramatic without too much effort! ;)
Since the printables had a pastel color scheme, I used the same colors in wool yarn to complement the tableware and add a little warmth. I also made a really simple wreath by wrapping the wool yarn around a polystyrene wreath and embellishing it with rolled crepe paper roses. I used napkins to make some of the other pomanders for the desserts/candy station.
The table setting was pretty simple and disposable tableware was used. Each guest had a bunny place-card with their names on and a cute Easter paper basket full of treats!
The centerpiece was an Easter Egg Bouquet. I really love how versatile this centerpiece idea is, especially for a kids’ table – This bouquet doesn’t need watering, it’s child-friendly and edible! can’t ask for better than that!
Each place setting was finished off with a cute bottle wrapped with our printable bottle wrappers and colored straws embellished with printable Easter Bunnies from the collection!
The candy buffet was styled atop a white, distressed dresser (from my daughter’s bedroom). It added height and allowed me to make the best of a small space. The sweet treats on offer are of course chocolate Easter eggs, as well as marshmallows matching the party color scheme, chocolate candy bars, jelly gum eggs inside egg cartons, cream cheese Easter Bunny cupcakes and strawberry meringues.
I guess with any Easter Party you gotta have an Egg Hunt, right? Our printable Egg Hunt signage and cute printable Easter Egg baskets doubled as favor baskets too, and were used by the kids to hunt for chocolate eggs around the garden!
Our printable bunny ears, also make for a really fun activity, where guests can decorate their own head-bands. They make for fun photo props too! My daughter insisted on having her ears pinned to the flower headband she was wearing! Girls will be girls! ;)
For the favors and gifts, I thought it would be really fun to display them onto a mini wooden wheel barrel I have – But you could re-purpose a vegetable box or crate painted white for the same “garden” effect.
Favors included speckled chocolate eggs bags topped with Easter Bunny printable bag toppers, chocolate candy bars wrapped in matching wrappers, and Easter Eggs displayed inside egg cartons. I decorated each carton with scrap-booking papers from the kit, yarn, a printable Easter favor tag and some of those super cute, printable paper bows!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Paper Lanterns Clear Cellophane Bags Milk Bottles Striped Paper Straws Crepe Paper Streamers
This is what Deanna said about planning the party- “This Easter party was inspired by two of my favorite southern spring fashion items — bow ties and seersucker print.
Dessert Table: The inspiration for the table started with pale pink, yellow, and light blue seersucker fabrics. All of the printable paper goods incorporate those colors, along with a pop of coral. The printable paper goods also include a simple stripe, like the seersucker fabric. The dessert table was first topped with pink ruffled seersucker table runners that I made. A fabric flag banner, made from yellow and blue seersucker fabric, decorated the bead board backdrop. A white hobnob vase held blue hydrangeas. Small ceramic bunnies and chicks were placed on the table for a subtle Easter vibe.
Easter, and the onset of Spring, is the perfect time for light, fresh desserts. Angel Food Cake was topped with whipped frosting and toasted coconut. A hand made bow tie was wrapped around the cake. Bow ties also decorated cake stands and candy jars. Strawberry Filled Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla buttercream were topped with Easter cupcake toppers from the printable paper goods Collection. The table also included Strawberry Mousse, Assorted Macarons, and Vanilla Meringues.
Drink Station: A small drink station was set up on a vintage vanity table. Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade was served in mason jar glasses adorned with bow ties. Push up pops were filled with macarons for simple take-home favors.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Push Pop Containers Decorative Paper Shred Striped Paper Straws Lollipop / Treat Sticks Baker’s Twine Cupcake Liners Ric-Rac Ribbon Scallop Circle Paper Punch
You are going to fall in love with this SHABBY CHIC BRIDAL SHOWER submitted by Justine Clarke of Sensationally Sweet Events! All the details are just fantastic! So many beautiful ideas here!
Justine said this about planning the party- “My business is based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and I was asked to put together a pretty & shabby chic Spring bridal shower for my client which included lollies, desserts and a champagne bar. The colours for this party were a pale aqua; influenced by the shade of some gorgeous little photo frames I found as well as pale pink and peach which were the predominant colours in some fabric remnants I had leftover from another event that I had planned to use. I crafted for a while for this party with some old vintage cake and biscuit carriers glued down onto painted candle sticks and given a new lease of life and turned into cake stands with pretty ribbon and fabric tied around the bases. I also found a simple wicker basket at a garage sale that I painted aqua and tied fabric to the handles. Treats on the table included chocolate brownies, caramel fudge, cake pops, cupcakes and ombre marshmallow pops plus a selection of lollies in jars. Cake and marshmallow pops were stuck in a vintage bread baking tray that I wrapped with pretty fabric and ribbons and favour bags were simply decorated with aqua ric-rac glued to the top. Glass jars were simply decorated with craft roses glued onto the sides and filled with pink grapefruit and champagne jelly and I served pink champagne in glittered glasses (followed the tutorial I found on-line from Something Turquoise with ‘Zoe loves Sam’ tags stuck to sugar swizzle sticks in each glass.”