I went all out with the decorations at Jax’s party…and I started early. I personally do not care for character themes and there will be plenty of Disney, Hello Kitty and Monster High (ugh!) themed parties to come as she gets older so picking a theme was tough at first. It came to me as I browsed Michael’s after Easter.
All their spring merchandise was on clearance…and there it was, my inspiration for a pink and green butterfly extravaganza. I bought pink polka dot plastic tablecloths, pink and green striped napkins and matching paper plates and adorable butterfly adorned place cards – it snowballed from there. Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and the Dollar Tree became second homes as I looked for anything in those happy hues.
Every room that guests would see was decked out festively, even the bathroom (which unfortunately was not photographed – booo!).
This is our front entry way. I purchased the wall decals around the arches at Dollar Tree and went crazy plastering the walls with stick-on flowers, polka dots and butterflies. I wrapped all of our framed photos and artwork with pink or green wrapping paper to add to the party feel. Jax was at Grandma G’s house when I did this and when she saw it she clapped and pointed excitedly.
Of course, there is the awesome custom-made chalkboard sign from The Fancy Type Company I had made for the occasion greeting guests with details of Jax’s first year (don’t forget Yay Baby readers get 10% off through July, use the promo code Jax10FT).
A simple plastic table cloth covers the gift table which is in turn topped with a framed photo from Jax’s first-year photo shoot.
I created the table centerpieces with mini-watering cans with a balloon flower, both purchased at Dollar Tree. I simply hot glued a piece of floral foam to the bottom and pressed the stick of the balloon in to the foam. I covered the foam with pink paper shreds and voila you have an inexpensive, simple and adorable centerpiece that took all of 45 seconds to make.
I decked out the mantle with another piece of gift wrapped artwork and white wood letters spelling out the birthday girl’s name. Grandma Joyce made the party banner with color-coordinated scrapbook paper and pink yarn.
The pink glass bottles, bird pillars and butterfly canvas were purchased at Hobby Lobby during their spring/summer closeout sale at 80% off! What luck finding perfectly matching decor at such a great price (Pssst…some of that stuff is now marked at 90% off, or at least it was over the weekend).
A pleather, quilted memo board, another perfectly matched find scored on super-sale at Hobby Lobby (now available for 80% off, I got it when it was 66% off). I used it to showcase Jax’s newborn photos.
And if you do any entertaining in your home I suggest obtaining a small chalkboard. It can be used as the menu, to greet guests, to explain activities, to point the way to the potty or to send guests off with a note of thanks like I did with this one.
Tune in tomorrow for more cuteness from Jax’s party!