Celebrating Harper’s 1st Year!

Ok, so I am a little late with this post, but things have been super crazy around here. Harper was very sick for about two months with Pneumonia and then Salmonella, which turned into a blood infection, so we weren’t sure if her party was even going to happen.

Luckily, the antibiotics worked and we were able to still have her party as planned. Unfortunately because of the last minute invites we were missing a lot of our friends and family members, but we still had a good crowd of loved ones there to help us celebrate.

I started thinking about about a “theme” for Harper’s party in February, but decided to go with a color scheme and DIY everything instead. I guess DIY is a theme these days though. I tried to create things that I could easily gift to friends to take home from the party or reuse somewhere in my house.

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The glittered cans of succulents are now at some friends’ houses and on our patio. The scrap banner is hanging in my friend’s daughter’s room, and now I have a ton of candy jars to reuse for another party or to lend out if someone else wants to do a candy bar.

My sister in-law helped me with the crafting on and off for the few months before the party. We spray painted photo props, painted tin cans, and glittered just about everything. On the day of the party, my friend Christina helped pot the succulents in the cans, and my friend Megan and her husband Dustin put the fabric scrap banner together.

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We decided to go with a dessert only party, so we had a pink candy bar, and a treat bar with rice krispies, a donut tower, cupcakes, and of course, Harper’s very own cake. My sister in-law made the rice krispies and drizzled them with pink chocolate. I ordered the pink donuts from Krispy Kreme. Jordan’s Grammie made all of the adorable cupcakes and topped them with her homemade icing and edible gold star glitter. I ordered Harper’s cake from a local bakery for only $15! For drinks, we served iced tea and pink lemonade with pink paper straws.

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We had the record player going with some of our favorite tunes, and I set up Harper’s tee pee for the kids to play in. For centerpieces, I found little frames at Michael’s for $1.50, and bought some random white flowers from Trader Joe’s the morning of the party to fill the jars. To pull the room together, I hung pretty cream and gold yarn from each window and used glitter clothes pins to put up black and white photos of Harper throughout her first year of life.

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Harper enjoyed opening all of her gifts but loved the wrapping paper the most.

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The real hit of Harper’s party was her cake smash. She loved it!!! I bought a cheap set of twin size sheets from target for $12 to do her cake smash on. The icing washed right out and now we are using the sheets on the guest bed.

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Overall, I would say that the party was a huge success. I am definitely glad that all the prepping and planning is over with, but I am happy to have the fond memories of her birthday and all of these photos to look back on.


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