Ellie’s Garden Birthday Party
One word comes to mind when I look at this beautiful party: love.
You can tell that Mama Say What?! reader Marylynn put a lot of love into this party, and I absolutely adore everything she did.
Marylynn was very resourceful and she was able to re-use many of her wedding decorations for this sweet party. You can’t help but smile at all of the birdie details and the colors.
What inspired the theme of your child’s party?
I realized that this would probably be the only party where she would have little to no input on because she was still a baby, so I decided to do something that represented her sweetness and innocence. I envisioned pastels, light colors, white flowers, birdies, gardens, etc.
It was a perfect fit for my parents’ luscious green backyard, where it was held.
What was one element of the party that you are particularly proud of?
I did work my butt off making her “1″ piñata from scratch. I’m pretty proud of it.
Also I’m pretty proud of the budget. We were able to keep it very low.
I was proud of the fact that I was able to re-use a lot of my wedding decor! The table runners and the white paper lanterns were all from my wedding.
I also thought it was special that we were able to decorate using stuff we already owned and flowers from my parents’ garden.
Did you work with any vendors (photographer, cake maker, location etc.)? If so, who? And what did you like about them?
Nope. We got our food from Costco, made her cake ourselves and had the party at my parents’ house.
What was your favorite moment/part of the party?
My favorite part was seeing her enjoy all of the kids who came play and have tons of fun. At that age she just loved observing and watching the kids play.
What was your birthday girl’s favorite part?
She enjoyed watching all the kids play, and also playing with bubbles and watching the balloons. She loves balloons!
Can you give any advice to mothers that are planning a party for their little one?
Plan a party that you feel represents your child in some sort of way, either by a color they seem to love, an animal that reminds you of them or symbolizes them (like a birdie) or a characteristic they seem to possess (if they love rock music you could do a rock and roll theme).
Also don’t feel pressured to invite everyone and their mama. If you want to keep it to close friends and family like we did, you won’t regret it.
And shop around! Don’t be afraid to get supplies from the dollar store and order a Costco cake. People will have fun and enjoy celebrating your baby’s birthday with you.