A few weeks ago I mentioned that my baby turned one and today I thought it would be fun to show you how cute her strawberry-themed birthday party turned out. My original idea for this theme stemmed from the fact that the tennis championship, Wimbledon, famous for its strawberries and cream, falls just a few weeks after Hallee's birthday. We like to watch tennis, and especially Wimbledon, and Miss Hallee also just so happens to love strawberries.
It ended up being a sweet and simple party theme that came together wonderfully.
Photo by alexanderpavone
My parents were gracious enough to let us have the party in their fabulous backyard, which meant I didn't have to plan any activities. I just got the pool toys out and put the ladder golf out on the lawn. Done!
Everyone knows the highlight of a first birthday party is watching the guest of honor eat her dessert. For our party, the second highlight was the pool (and lovely weather). So decorating was minimal. Just a few touches of strawberries and Hallee-esque cuteness.
The ceramic basket that I'm dreaming about was a perfect addition to my table with a few strawberries-- thankfully I was able to borrow one from a friend.
I found the strawberry tablecloths (and a few plates and a salad bowl, too) in Target's outdoor/summer department. I love that they are not only party decorations but will be used often in our home, too.
Above the food table, I hung a photo bunting (an idea I saw originally on SouleMama)-- twenty-four photos of Hallee's first year, hanging on baker's twine by tiny clothespins (via Michaels). Above it hung my handmade paper name bunting. I simply stenciled the letters with Gigi's paint onto triangles of scrapbook paper and hung it again on baking twine with mini clothespins. Easy-peasy!
The bottles have the look of an old-fashioned milk bottle and it was a fun way to drink our water, pink lemonade and vanilla frappuccinos (I poured out the individual bottles into cute bottles/jars for serving).
I left washi tape and felt markers in a strawberry basket for labeling. How fun is washi tape?! After the party, it peeled off the cups and bottles easily.
Believe it or not, I didn't get any photos of our strawberries and cream (!!) but it was a delicious dessert, and so much easier than baking cake or cupcakes.
We did a morning party, 10:00-12:30 p.m., so we just had a light lunch of cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches, along with PB&Js for the kids, spinach-strawberry salad, and popcorn. Easy to grab snack baskets of popcorn and goldfish were set out in strawberry baskets-- all the ones I've been saving from my CSA. Now that the party's over, I'll send them back to my farm to be reused.
Since I had plenty of whipped cream and was going for simple, Hallee's "cake" consisted of a pink donut with a dollup of whipped cream on top. I think it's safe to say she enjoyed it, and the rest of us were thoroughly entertained as well.
Happy Birthday, Hallee-Girl! We had such a fun day celebrating you.
Do you like to plan parties? What fun themes have you used or come across?