Nothing screams party louder than bright rainbows and shiny stars. And thanks to my inspiration from the original rainbow cake, I was excited to create a colorful celebration full of yummy food, loving family and good friends.
We all know the first birthday party is really for the parents. But we couldn’t help but throw a gathering that reflected our gratitude for our little girl. Having Harper in our life has been such an abundant blessing, we wanted everyone to share in our joy.
So where do we begin? Well, I have attended plenty of birthday parties in my lifetime but I have never had the privilege of planning a children’s party myself. It’s hard to pick a theme for a first birthday because the baby is so young, they can’t express what they want it to be like. But it seems like I tend to be inspired by food. My wedding ended up being black and white because I wanted my wedding cake to be cookies and cream (my mom’s original recipe…yum!). And so, Harper’s party ended up being rainbow because I was dying to give the six layer colorful cake a go. But in typical Heather style, I had to give it an original twist. I happen to love stars, and recently it seems like Harper has been drawn to them as well (plus her all time favorite song is Twinkle Twinkle), so we meshed the two themes together and settled on a Rainbow Star Party!
Once we had a theme nailed down it was time to look for decorations and visuals that portrayed our ideas. Coming up with an original theme can be tricky because you kind of have to piecemeal everything together. There is no one size fits all party package so it takes extra time and effort to find what you need (especially if you are as OCD as I am).
And this is where Pinterest comes in. It is a great tool to search and organize your thoughts and ideas. I used it as inspiration to find everything from invitations to paper products to recipes. Don’t know what I would have done without it :)
Once I had a good collection of items pinned on my “Harper is 1“ board, I started to narrow down my choices. We started with the invitations. Initially, I had a whole slew of different designs picked out. But once I was able to look at them all at once, we were able to compare them and see which one fit our theme the best. We ended up going with this design that we found on Etsy.
What we loved about these, besides the amazing design and bright colors, was that we could print them ourselves! So we didn’t have to wait for them to be shipped. We just emailed the artist the information we wanted on the invitation, she created it and then sent us a PDF file. Doesn’t get any easier than that!
Once we had our invitations sent, it was time to get shopping! Party City here we come :) We were able to find pretty much everything we needed from party favors to paper products at this store. Of course, we had to buy six packs of everything so that we stayed with the rainbow theme, but at least we don’t have to buy napkins for a while ;)
In the middle of planning the party, my mom, who was looking forward to coming out to celebrate with us but was unable due to some health problems, called and said she wanted to send Harper some balloons for her party. Well grandma sure did go above and beyond! Thanks Mom!
In addition to the amazing rainbow arch, which set the tone for the entire party, each color coded table had a matching bouquet of balloons with a colorful star on top. They made for fun and interactive center pieces :)
Well, I don’t want to expose all our secrets on the first post. So that’s all for now. But come back tomorrow to check out the rest of the decorations, find out more about the food and enjoy some adorable pictures of the birthday girl :) Stay tuned!
All images were taken by my good friend and talented photographer Rachel Bradshaw of Little Sparrows Photography.