Shabby Chic First Birthday Party

I am so excited to finally be sharing Baby E’s Shabby Chic First Birthday Party with you! Having a little girl has been so much fun and I knew I wanted a very girlie first birthday party for her. She has already made it very clear that she loves pink and frills so I thought it would only be appropriate if that was the theme of her party :)

Our house is not even big enough to hold both of our families, let alone some close friends, so we took over my parents’ house for the big celebration. We invited just our families (which are pretty large in itself) and some close friends to celebrate with us.

I think the invitation always sets the tone for a party. I chose these invites from Shutterfly and used one of Baby E’s 6th month photos that were taken by Keri Meyers Photography. You can view a tutorial for the tutu here.

The main focal point of the party was this Shabby Chic Sweet Shop. I love decorating with raw materials so I chose a simple canvas drop cloth for the tablecloth and brought in some old crates I purchased at a liquidation sale back in the fall. While I love rustic elements I also wanted a more feminine feel and chose a beautiful pink puckered fabric for the backdrop. I stumbled up the pink material in the upholstery section at Hobby Lobby and it was love at first sight.

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The dessert table included old-fashioned glazed doughnuts, powdered doughnuts, homemade Rice Krispies treats, DIY marshmallow pops, homemade cupcakes and a homemade ruffle cake. I topped off the table with yogurt covered pretzels and raisins.

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I constructed the tiered display stands from old pillar candle holders that I painted white added a white plate on top.

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This was my first attempt at a ruffle cake and I was really happy with how it turned out (But I definitely learned a lot through the process and would do a few things differently next time). The marshmallow pops were fun to make, after my failed attempt at making cake pops for the party, these little guys were a breeze! I displayed them in the doily vases I made here.

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Tea Stained Coffee Filter Wreath

Many of you are already familiar with the Tea-Stained Coffee Filter Wreath I made for the party (tutorial here). It was really special to include elements from my great-grandma into Baby E’s party.

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The dining table was decorated with these DIY vases. I used old jars and wrapped them in lace, burlap and ribbon for a rustic-glam look. The roses added just the right touch to Baby E’s very girlie and feminine party.

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Each guest (under the age of 15) received one of these party bags filled with goodies. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the flower cutouts and sealed the bags with a simple piece of jute.

I made Baby E her very own onsie for her big day. Every girl needs a special party outfit don’t you think? I tea-stained a white onsie to give it a vintage look, added some floral embellishments and big ‘1’, just in case anyone forgot how old she was turning!

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You could tell she felt very special on her day! (Skirt is from Baby GAP)

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So much happens in the first year of a little one’s life. I can’t get over how much a person can change in just 365 days. Each month, I’ve taken a picture of Baby E in the same chair in her nursery. I used the pictures to great a ‘Watch Me Grow’ timeline to display at her party. The guests loved looking at the changes from one month to the next.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the ‘Watch Me Grow’ letters and the numbers for each month.

And just like the party starts with the invite, it ends with a thank you! I had every intention of making my own cards but I stumbled upon these and couldn’t pass them up!

Thank you to all of our family and friends who made this day so special for Baby E!

I’ll be sharing a few tutorials from the party later this week! If there is anything else you want to know more about feel free to comment or shoot me an email!

Linking to some of the parties here along with Today’s Creative BlogTipJunkie, Home Stories A 2 Z, Funky Junk Interiors


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    Gorgeous!!! You did such a beautiful job and I’m loving every single detail! You already know I adore the tea-stained wreath :) I love all the burlap touches and the doilies with the months on them {along with those ohhh so cute monthly pictures, of course!} are precious.
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  2. Leah @ LeahMarieV says

    Gorgeous! I am amazed by how great it turned out – you did such a great job. She is soooo beautiful and the pictures are awesome too – thanks so much for sharing. Now I need a baby girl so I can do the same thing haha!

  3. says

    It all was absolutely adorable! Good job Mama. It will be a fun birthday for her to look back at pictures. She’ll see how much you cared. My daughters invitation had her in a tutu and pink bead necklace too… So cute!

  4. says

    Excuse me while I pick my jaw off the floor…..oh my word!! This is a stunning party and the details are just unreal. I love everything about it!!! Megan

  5. says This post just made my heart melt! It is seriously beautiful, sentimental – everything a first birthday should be for a sweet little princess! My baby girl Isla turns one this month and I so can’t wait to incorporate your lovely ideas!

    Would love if you could share this with my blog readers on our weekly linky party going on now at Teagan’s Travels!

    Happy Easter, Michelle

  6. says

    sooo prettyyy…I loved all the details…the watch me grow is just amazing…I will keep it in mind for my kids ( when I have ones lol) and that ruffle cake is so cute I pined one similar to it I want to try it for my bday, is it easy to make???

  7. Briana says

    Congratulations! What a gorgeous party. All the little details are what makes it shine. I love the burlap bunting. So cute. (I like everything else too :-)

  8. says

    Wow! What a lovely party and lovely birthday girl! Every detail is perfect! I adore the doily picture garland! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  9. says

    This is the most adorable birthday party! You really didn’t overlook a single detail! Its beautiful!

    We’d love if you linked this up to our Beautify It Monday link party going on now –

  10. Amanda says

    Wow! Every single detail is…well, perfection! Love, love, love it!!! It’s just so girly and sweet! I have to ask, where did you find your “thank you” notes – I need these! :-)

    ~ Amanda

  11. says

    What a beautiful birthday party!…Beautiful, thoughtful touches everywhere. There’s so much I love, I can’t narrow it down to one, but those burlap and ribbon jars are one of my favorite ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. says

    Hi there, popping on over to your amazing blog from csi! Wow is the grow banner adorable! I love the step by step on that onesie too! Super sweet party, great job!

  13. says

    Visiting via Addicted 2 Decorating. I absolutely adore your sweet party .

    I created several spring projects on my blog this week. Please stop by if you have a moment.

    Have a lovely Easter weekend.

  14. says

    What a great idea. I love your attention to details. simple and elegant. some people think Shabby chic is about tons of over-embellished stuff. You really got it right. What a nice memory for her. Especially loved the goody bags.

  15. says

    Oh Its beautiful! I love all the details… the puckered fabric backdrop… the banners… and the wreath!
    I also love using drop cloths for tablecloths and backdrops!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. says

    this is darling. i would love for you to link this post or any other posts you want up to my weekly link party called spread the love. it’s a weekend wrap up party where you can share anything and everything you want! there is also a really awesome vinyl giveaway going on there right now too, so go check it out!
    have a wonderful weekend!
    {love} lauryn @

  17. says

    I adore this!! Wow. I’m in love!!

    I’m totally featuring this today and I’ve already pinned it. Thanks so much for linking up!!

  18. says

    This HAS to be one of the sweetest, elegant, most perfect little girl’s birthday I’ve ever seen. JOB WELL DONE mama! I’m including this extraordinary party set up in my round up from guest hosting with Ginger at Ginger Snap Crafts!

  19. Mary @ Ms Redo says

    Love love love the beautiful first birthday party you created for your precious girl! Down to the last detail, everything was perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  20. says

    Wow, that is the prettiest party I have ever seen! What a gorgeous post and what a sweet little birthday girl. I’m glad everything was such a success.

    My weekly Say G’day Linky Party is on now and I would be so thrilled if you could join in and link up this great post!

    Best wishes for a fabulous weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

  21. says

    SO BEAUTIFUL, SOFT, AND GIRLY! I love everything. The wreath and the decorated recycled jars are both so pretty too. GREAT JOB, and thanks for linking to COM. xo, jen

  22. says

    What a sweet princess! <3 What a wonderful way to celebrate such a wonderful lil life! :)


  23. says

    I know this is an old post but I just had to pop in and tell you that this is one of the sweetest one year old parties I have seen! I love the pastel color palette and how you displayed all the sweet treats! What a lucky (not o mention, beautiful!) little birthday girl!

  24. Meg says

    This is precious! My daughter has her first birthday coming up and we are doing the same type of thing…what did you use for party favors?

  25. Sil says

    Wow!!! So cute!! I like shabby style so much but i never think about it for a 1st bday girl!!! I hope i can use it for my own Baby someday… Thanks a lot for sharing!!! ;)

  26. Rebecca says

    Such precious ideas! The wreath made of coffee filters is genius. I also love the photo garland. Wonderful job!


  27. Stephanie says

    Beautiful party for your beautiful girl! I was just wondering where you got those round papers you used for the Watch Me Grow banner?


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