Monday, May 21, 2012

Quinn's Bumblebee Birthday Party!

Our baby girl is ONE!! 

Long ago (I'm pretty sure I was still on maternity leave!), I started tossing around the idea of a bumblebee theme for our little bee.  I never changed my mind.

Welcome to Quinn's first birthday party! 

The birthday girl in her pillowcase dress made by ThePolkaDotLollipop on Etsy.  She already had the leggings, one of my favorites in her wardrobe. 




I ordered the Bumble Bee Collection from tomkatstudio on Etsy  -- printable invites, party circles and door sign.

I love these easy balloon garlands -- balloons strung together with a needle and fishing line.



I kept the table centerpieces simple with white runners and a mixture of white flowers in a Mason jar and hung ribbon garlands from the chandeliers in the dining room and kitchen.



At a first birthday, I love seeing how the baby changed over the first year.  To display Quinn's first year photos, I covered a large piece of foam board with spray adhesive and fabric. 

I found a yellow gingham for $4.99 a yard and used a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby.  I freehanded a few templates for the black frames out of cardstock and then just hot glued the photos and the frames to the board.  I found the big Q at Michael's for just a few dollars.


Little closer view.  I couldn't resist adding the yellow bucket newborn photo.  How was that just one year ago?


I love how it turned out!  Now I'm not sure what I'll do with it.  Hrmmm...

On to the food!  That's what parties are all about, right? 

We had the goodie table setup with all different kinds of yellow and white foods.  Chocolate dipped marshmallows, Classic Lays potato chips, butterscotch candies, cupcakes, Lemonheads, Lemon Drops, Powdered Sugar donut holes, Pirate's Booty, Archway Frosty Lemon Cookies and mini Butterfingers.



We also ordered BBQ for the main meal from our favorite local place.  We had lemonade and a variety of beers to drink.



My mama made another fabulous birthday cake!


My cousin Jessica traveled all the way from Washington, DC to celebrate our girl.


Quinny sneaking a peek at one of her presents!


Big brother is still trying to wake up from his nap.



Time for cake! Doesn't she look thrilled?  She's a happy girl, but she's not usually willing to give smiles to just anyone.  She makes you earn it!  Having everyone staring at her made her quite suspicious. 
 

Since she loves to eat, I thought she would tear into her cake.  Instead, she was quite dainty about it.  At least she ate her first cake, unlike her big brother. 


I changed her clothes because I thought she would make a mess, but she didn't. 


Time for presents!!



She opened most of her gifts from her "throne", the pink chair given to her by her Great Aunt Ruthie and Great Uncle Steve.  


Me with my birthday girl:

Daddy's turn:


And, another fabulous family photo.  One day we'll all happily look at the camera at the same time!


We had a great time and I know Quinn enjoyed herself too!  May is an exhausting month around here and it's nice to be done with parties for a while.

I'm linking up to:

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Tip Junkie's 5th Birthday Bash
Cast Party Wednesday

20 comments:

Kathy said...

looooove. :)

Colleen said...

love it all!! you did such a cute job on the picture "wall". happy birthday to your girl!

Laura @ cookiecrumbsandsawdust.blogspot said...

Hi Laura,

That is a darling first birthday baby party! I love the bee theme, and you executed it so well -right down to your own black and white strip dress and yellow beads. (Yep, I notice those things.)

I followed you over from the Debbie Doos linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

Thanks for sharing,
Laura
mother to 3 little Hoosiers

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

What an adorable party you created! Love the idea of the balloon garland. Though I would probably end up popping a few as I tried to string together ...

:)

Linda

And happy birthday to your little bumble bee ...

Laura, Hoosier Life Hoosier Wife said...

Thanks Linda!

Jennifer@heylittlemother.com said...

Wow, what a beautiful party! I especially love the photo board. Looks like every detail was perfect. Happy birthday to your adorable little one!

Tam said...

Wow, nice coordinating decorations. Looks like a lot of work went into this adorable little party! Congrats to all three of you!

Debbiedoo's said...

What a very cute party theme. Not to mention the star of the party is pretty darn adorable. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

Gina said...

This is just the sweetest party! I love all the details. Of course, the birthday girl is pretty sweet herself.

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

What an adorable theme! You did a great job. You're little one is absolutely adorable!!

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Gina said...

You might want to take a peek here this morning...wink, wink...
http://randomthoughtsfromanincoherentmind.blogspot.com/2012/05/bumblebee-birthday-party-in-spotlight.html

jeanetteann said...

How cute is this little bee,and what a lovely idea for a first birthday party.
I am visiting from Gina's randomthoughtsfromanincoheretmind.com

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Adorable birthday party and cake.

Dee

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Congrats on your Newbie Spotlight!!

Your party is amazing and your family is darling.

I LOVE every detail of this party, but two things really stick out - your Mom's amazing cake is OMG and that pic of your birthday girl with the suspicious look - captured perfectly, it is hilarious. It is totally that - suspition! SO CUTE!

Wow that is one heckuva first birthday party.

reFresh reStyle said...

Y'all are so cute! Happy Birthday to Quinn! Love it all esp. that cake!
Found you at Gina's Newbie Spotlight :)

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...

What a gorgeous family and a special day. That party could just not BEE any cuter =) Loved it!!

Brandy said...

Great looking party. I love all the decor. Congrats on your spotlight.

Gypsy Heart said...

My goodness, such a perfect party...the decor, her little outfit, your photos ~ just wonderful! The yellow, black & white is stunning I think. I'm new to your blog but wondered if the photo board you created could be hung in her room?

Thanks for sharing one of the special days with your family.

Pat

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

So So cute! WOW! Saw you over at Fox Hollow and you rocked this party Girl! Your daughters adorable outfit it icing on the cake- too too cute!!

Sunny Vanilla said...

I loved your bee themed birthday party! You did a great job with the decorations...that cake is amazingly cute! Happy birthday to your little girl. We actually have the same high chair as you and those exact same cake eating pictures from our daughter's 1st.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by.

Take care,
Jen
sunnyvanilla.blogspot.com

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