an aqua and orange giraffe first birthday

Friday, November 4, 2011

today's party feature is such a cute first birthday celebration for my dear friend marie's little girl, lauren. it's loaded with bright colors and pattern and some of the cutest party details! 

here's what marie had to share (take note of all her awesome vendors!) : 

"Lauren's birthday is a week before Halloween so I immediately thought of using the color orange for her first birthday party. However, I did not want her first birthday to be centered on a Halloween theme, so I scoured the internet for inspiration. Lauren loves her Sophie La Girafe toy so when I saw this Goofy Giraffe invitation from Tiny Prints, I was smitten. The invitation is meant for boys (I think) so I decided to use the color aqua instead of blue. I also wanted to incorporate the chevron pattern somewhere so it was serendipitous that I found this cotton twill fabric in chevron and aqua from You'll see it used throughout the party: from the treats table and mantle backdrops to the guest table toppers.

I thought of designing the other party printables but it isn't something I do everyday and it was only a few more weeks before the party, so I decided to hand over the reins to the experts. I chose FrogPrince Paperie to design the banner, milk cartons, treat boxes, water bottle labels, square tent cards and two inch circles. The latter was used as cupcake toppers, thank you circles tied to favors and stickers for the party hats, orange treat bags, and clear beverage cups.

Scrapbook paper in an orange and white chevron pattern was used to line the white melamine trays that held the water bottles, cups, plates, napkins and plastic flatware. I also used scrapbook paper to create the childrens' party hats."

adorable birthday girl party hat by shoplissy

more from marie : "I decorated the fireplace mantle as a backdrop for Lauren's high chair and photos for our family of four. Anchored by an aqua chevron fabric backdrop, I hung pomettes from Pomflair, wrapped a 23 inch paper mache letter L in orange polka dot fabric, and framed recent studio photos of the birthday girl. I also added a vase of an orange crafted flower also found on the guest tables"


marie's husband created the wood frame for the backdrop and then she covered it with the chevron fabric. it turned out pretty fantastic and all dressed-up! oh, and those sweets are tempting!

little guests were handed out giraffe plush toys and adults took home brownies wrapped in custom made treat boxes by Frog Prince Paperie!

sweet desserts were dressed up with fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies (chevron toppers) and Clineffs Confections (#1)

 the gorgeous backyard and perfect california weather! 

 a clown came for entertainment and kids had fun with face painting, moon bounce, balloon animals, pinatas and more! for the bigger kids and adults, a photo booth was set-up for some crazy photo session everyone can enjoy!

 big sister melissa (left) had fun with friends dressing up for the photo booth!

the precious birthday girl with a sweet plush toy giraffe!

thanks marie for sharing lauren's fun and memorable first birthday party! there were tons of beautiful pictures, it was hard to pick a few to post! 

party details and more : 

invites : TINY PRINTS
banner + party circles + treat boxes + bottle wrappers :  RENEE ADLER for FROG PRINCE PAPERIE
scrapbook paper : MOO & PUPPY
poms + pomettes : POM FLAIR
chevron fondant toppers : TWO SUGAR BABIES
1 fondant toppers : CLINEFFS CONFECTIONS
orange + aqua straws : HEY YO YO
photo booth props : THE PARTY COMPANY
giraffe onesie : MAC & ME
orange skirt on birthday girl : MY COUTURE BEBE
party hat : SHOP LISSY
plush giraffe party favors : CELEBRATE EXPRESS
birthday cake : ROSE BAKERY
party rentals : AV PARTY RENTALS
moon bounce : JUMP FOR FUN
all photographs by the creative mom, MARIE!


Sandi said...

LOVE! Love the cute theme and all the chevron is fab!!

Mama T said...

Just beautiful! Love the color combo!

A Blissful Nest said...

Just darling!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Beautiful color combo! The mantle looks great!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

I love that the banners aren't triangles! Looks so mod with it round, pinning! Great job with everything mom, I know how hard it is to set up AND photograph all the details ;)

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Ok it doesn't get any more adorable. This is the PERFECT party! How precious! I want one of those adorable take home giraffes!!! : )

Leslie said...

There are just too many cute things about this party! Love the use of the chevron, and that last picture of the birthday girl in all the tissue poms is just adorable!

Pom Flair said...

So cute, love the chevron!

jackie fo said...

This color combo is just awesome!!! And the little giraffes are just so sweet ... and the mantel - drool! Love love love!!

Anonymous said...

Darling!!! I love the color & pattern combo. Marie is one talented and crafty Mama :)

Angela said...

any chance you can clue me in to where you found the great letter that you did in orange and white?? :)

tara anderson said...

I am doing this for my sons first birthday! I love that your inspiration was Sophie because that's exactly why we wanted to do giraffes! Would you want to sell the pieces of chevron fabric that you used? Thanks! Your party was great!

Marie said...

Hi Angela - I got the 23 1/2" paper mache letter from Joann Fabric.

Hi Tara - Could you email me at regarding the chevron fabric? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Love this and thank you for the inspiration! This is my sons favorite toy and we are doing this for his 1st birthday...although I do not think it could ever turn out as cute and adorable as this party did! Thanks for sharing your creative mind :)

Anonymous said...

I love your chevron backdrop. Can you please share where you got the fabric from? I need it this weekend and would appreciate the help! If you havent sold it yet please let me know too =)

Colleen said...

LOVE this party!! Thanks for sharing!

christen kurien said...

Hi, I was wondering what did you print the water bottle labels on?

christen kurien said...

Hi I was wondering what type of paper you printed the water bottle labels and the 2 inch round stickers on?