Elephants Coral & Robin’s Egg Blue First Birthday Party

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Welcome to Charlotte’s Playhouse! Where we celebrated her first birthday in style with lots of love, treats, and fun!

Just like my daughter Sofia’s first birthday party, the inspiration for Charlotte’s came from her nursery.  The theme centered on the colors of her nursery, robin’s egg blue quatrefoil stenciled walls, and the wall art of a robin’s egg blue elephant with coral quatrefoil in the background.   (See previous post on nursery details http://wp.me/p1s2CI-ke).

I wanted the theme to be clear from start to finish and had custom invitations made by Carousel Printables with all the above elements. The shades of corals and blues gave a cheery and feminine look.


The party was held at our home. Since it was a 70 degree day in February we were able to make good use of the outdoors as well as displays inside.

Guests were greeted by Charlotte’s birth announcement in a robin’s egg blue vintage looking picture frame, pink floral arrangement by Sarah Sofia Productions, and a custom made coral and robin’s egg blue fabric banner by The Pickled Peanut.


Next stop in “Charlotte’s Playhouse” was the dessert bar. I had always wanted to use my daughter Sofia’s dresser for an event, which was the perfect fit for the dessert bar!  I found two different sized cake stands in robin’s egg blue to display the cake and the centerpiece, coral and pink floral arrangement with Peanut M&M’s by Sarah Sofia Productions.


I designed the coral monogram letters, which are on display in Charlotte’s nursery.  The coral and robin’s egg blue felt elephants by Make Stich Knit were gifts for Charlotte and added a whimsical feel to the party!

I found these adorable blue and coral tin pails, which served as party favors filled with elephant shortbread cookies by Edible Art of Charlotte.

The cake was designed by Edible Art of Charlotte and as always tasted better than the beautiful artistic work! We went with chocolate and almond flavored pound cake.

I had custom paper rosettes/fans made by Makelle Designs, which added a bit of whimsical and depth to the décor of the dessert bar.

I used a farmer’s market basket to display coral and robin’s egg blue macaroons from Dean  & Deluca, which added the perfect impact of color.

A pizza and drink bar greeted guests in the kitchen were we severed pizza from our favorite establishment, Jets Pizza.  The signature drink was pink lemonade displayed in a large blue mason jar drink dispenser and served in blue mason jars with coral polka dot straws.

Activities were set up as part of “Charlotte’s Play House” where kids could play in a “Play Hut” that had a tunnel and ball pit area,  and in a kitchen.   I made a banner to display photos of Charlotte from 0-12 months using printables from Subway Party.


Kids and adults alike enjoyed exploring the rest of “Charlotte’s Playhouse” outside! There was a special kids table, custom made photo booth with props by Sarah Sofia Productions, tunnel, outdoor playhouse, and Lookout Treehouse by Step 2.

Of course if you know me, a birthday girl always has to look her best!  I was able to design a pillow case dress by CookieBella Creations with coral quatrefoil, robin’s egg blue polka dots, and an elephant appliqué on the bottom.

It’s all in the details as you can see from the below photos!

Elephants, coral and robin's egg blue first birthday party

Elephants, coral and Robin's egg blue first birthday party

Elephants, coral, & robin's egg blue first birthday party

Elephants, coral & Robin's egg blue first birthday party

Elephants, coral & Robin's egg blue first birthday party

Elephants, coral & Robin's egg blue first birthday party

Elephants, coral & Robin's egg blue first birthday party

Elephants, coral & Robin's egg blue first birthday party

Elephants, coral & Robin's egg blue first birthday party

Elephants, coral & Robin's egg blue first birthday party

Elephants, coral & Robin's egg blue first birthday party

Vendor Credits:

Event Design & Style – Sarah Sofia Productions www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photo Booth – Sarah Sofia Productions

Invitation – Carousel Printables https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarouselPrintables

Cake, smash cupcake & shortbread elephant cookie party favors – Edible Art of Charlotte http://edible-art-charlotte.com/

Macaroons – Dean & Deluca http://www.deandeluca.com/

Coral and robin’s egg blue felt elephants – Make Stitch Knit https://www.etsy.com/shop/MakeStitchKnit

Coral and robin’s egg blue rosettes/fans – Makelle Designs https://www.etsy.com/shop/MakelleDesigns

Pillowcase party dress – CookieBella Creations https://www.etsy.com/shop/CookieBellaCreations

Banner Printables – Subway Party https://www.etsy.com/shop/subwayParty

Deep coral polka dot paper straws – In The Clear https://www.etsy.com/shop/InTheClear

Coral and robin’s egg blue fabric banner – The Pickled Peanut https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePickledPeanut

Coral table runner on outside tables – Target www.target.com

Coral table runner on pizza and drink bar – Target

Coral and blue tin pail – Target

Balloons & rock candy sticks – Party City www.partycity.com

Robin’s egg blue and pink plastic plates and napkins – Party City www.partycity.com

Blue drink dispenser and mason jars – World Market www.worldmarket.com

Robin’s egg blue large and small cake stands, robin’s egg blue picture frames, & coral decorative piece – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com/

Monogrammed coral letters – made by Sarah Sofia Productions and supplies by Hobby Lobby and paint by Sherwin Williams

Elephant, coral, and robin’s egg blue quatrefoil wall art print – Rizzle & Rugee http://www.etsy.com/shop/RizzleandRugee

Elephants, Coral & Robin’s Egg Blue First Birthday Party: Sneak Peek

I had so much fun planning this first birthday party for my daughter Charlotte and couldn’t resist sharing some of the details! Here’s a sneak peek at what we are working on for you this week:

Elephants coral and robin's egg blue

Elpehants coral and robin's egg blue

Elephants coral and robins egg blue

Sofia’s 1st Birthday Bash: Cherry Blossom & Birds

After all the fun I had planning it’s hard to believe a year has come and gone!  The inspiration for my daughter Sofia’s 1st birthday party came from this cherry blossom and bird painting that she loves and is the theme of her nursery.  The blues, pinks, and greens are feminine and the birds are so whimsical.  I incorporated the color scheme throughout the party using pink polka dots and baby birds, which was the perfect touch for a girl’s 1st birthday bash!

Details, details, details! I started collecting bird cages, birds and anything pink, blue, and green.  I designed two wooden bird houses, a ribbon wreath, the invitation and fabric letters in the color scheme. (See previous posts for DIY fabric letters).   Sofia’s blue/green dresser drawer was the perfect touch for the gift table and to display the party favors. Pink paper lanterns and green/pink butterflies added a pop of color and continued the whimsical feel throughout the space.

A birthday bash isn’t complete until the birthday girl has a party dress, right?  I found a fabulous dress designed by Lil Bit of Whimsy Couture that is aqua and pink polka dot.  I requested the baby bird appliqué and Monica’s dress design was the perfect fit for our little birthday girl!

The party was held in one of my childhood friend’s backyard in Columbus, Ohio.  The Ellis family went all out with providing a tent and a beautifully landscaped yard.  While the rain held off, it was a hot and humid day and the pink lemonade served in mason jars was a favorite by kids and adults.  Comfort Witcher of Comfort Photography did an amazing job capturing Sofia’s milestone birthday, putting everyone at ease, even my sweet Sofia who was in a lot of pain from teething.

The dessert table was the main focus with the cherry blossom and bird painting and flower arrangement with blue twigs as the centerpiece.  Your eye then immediately drew to the stunning cake by Edible Art of Charlotte, which has both the cherry blossom and baby bird design.  Keeping it simple I used farmer’s market baskets to display pastel colored M&M’s and chocolate colored almonds.  Pink and green macaroons from Pistachio Vera are always a delicious treat and the perfect impact of color.  Adding some whimsical delight and keeping with the bird theme I made M&M’s bird nest cookies.

Tweet Tweet Enjoys These Treats!  Edible Art of Charlotte did an amazing job weaving the theme into the baby bird cookies that were given as party favors.  The adorable printables were designed by Sweet Scarlet Designs.

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com/

Photography – Comfort Photography http://comfortphotography.com/

Secondary Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Decorative Chocolate and Vanilla Birthday Pound Cake – Edible Art of Charlotte http://edible-art-charlotte.com/

Short Bread Bird Party Favor Cookies– Edible Art of Charlotte

Smash Cake – Kroger

Macaroon – Pistachio Vera (pistachio and pink guava yuzu) http://www.pistaciavera.com/

M&M’s Bird’s Nest Cookies – Sarah Sofia Productions                                                           http://www.pastrywiz.com/dailyrecipes/recipes/451.htm

Printables – Sweet Scarlet Designs http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetScarletDesigns

Aqua & Pink Polka Dot Bird Party Dress – Lil Bit of Whimsy Couture                              http://www.etsy.com/shop/LilBitofWhimsyCoutur

Aqua Mason Jars – World Market

Daisy Stamped Pewter Mason Jar Lids – Glitter Daisy Shop                                               http://www.etsy.com/shop/GlitterDaisyShop

Fabric Letters – Sarah Sofia Productions

Pink and Aqua Bird Houses – Sarah Sofia Productions

Ribbon Wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Invitation – Sarah Sofia Productions design via Tiny Prints https://www.tinyprints.com/

Pink Polka Dot Paper Straws – DK DeleKtables                                                                                                             http://www.etsy.com/shop/DKDeleKtables

Dexton Silver Racer 1st Birthday Party

From top to bottom, this was a fun and vibrant first birthday party to plan.  Tripp is one of the most happiest babies I know and was entertained by all the details!

Inspiration for the “Dexton Silver Racer” themed party came from Tripp’s parents Lory and Hampton, who had planned to give him the Racer for his birthday.  In addition, his parents wanted to do a desert bar themed party, which is perfect for this occasion.

Using the colors from the race car: silver, white, and black, we added a punch of red to make the event pop.   Color was in all the details from the dessert bar, to the red and white pom poms, to the flower arrangements, to the happy birthday banner, to the red Radio Flyer wagon which was used to display the gifts.  Even the invitation gave a preview of the color scheme.  We added red and white polka dot pinwheels to the food and drink stations to make the party whimsical as well as large red and white balloons.

In staying true to the Dexton Silver Racer theme we used tags such as “Start Your Engines” on the wreath at the front door, “Vroom Vroom Thanks For Coming” by the shortbread party favor cookies, “Refueling Station” by the drinks, “Concession Stand” by the vegetables and popcorn, “Finish Line” by the dessert bar, and “First Place” on Tripp’s high chair.

The menu consisted of an assortment of color coordinated candy, smash cake, chocolate, almond, and lemon pound cake, candy red apples, vegetable cups with hummus and ranch, popcorn, and shortbread cookies for the party favors.  Refreshments of lemonade, ice tea, and water were displayed in glass pitchers and served in red cups with gray and white striped paper straws.

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Chocolate, Almond & Lemon Pound Cake – Edible Art Cake Shop

Short Bread Party Favor Cookies– Edible Art of Charlotte

Popcorn and Candy Apples – Cromer’s

Smash Cake – Harris Tetter

Red and White Pom Poms – Sarah Sofia Productions

Happy Birthday Banner – Sarah Sofia Productions and Lory Cobb Interiors, LLC

Gray and White Paper Straws – Etsy

Red and White Polka Dot Pinwheels – Hobby Lobby

Red and White Polka Dot Straw Holder – Hobby Lobby