I am SO excited to share Lucy’s FIRST birthday with you!!
But mostly sad. Really sad. Has it been a year already?
Thankfully, I kept it together during the party — I even cried a few times last week hoping to get it all out of my system in advance.
I wish I was kidding, but I am not.
(also, I should probably apologize to the poor couple who had their baby dedicated at our church last weekend. I hope my ugly crying didn’t ruin anything for you, but dude — NO ONE should have a tiny baby dedicated the week that I’m planning my baby’s first birthday)
I’ve known since Lucy was teeny tiny that I wanted her to have an Olivia the Pig birthday party — I LOVE the Olivia books. She’s such an adorable character and embodies all the qualities I want Lucy to have — spunk, imagination, and passion. That little pig KNOWS what she wants!!
I rented a room to have the party in. Even though we were only inviting family and a few close church friends, 20 people in MY tiny house feels more like 50. I’ve decided that parties at my house are a thing of the past — ain’t nobody got time to clean all day, only to reclean after everyone leaves!!
I designed these invites on PicMonkey using a chalkboard background that I downloaded. It was super simple and I was able to order them on postcards with envelopes through Overnight Prints for around $20.
I also designed three other images on Picmonkey to use as decorations on the dessert table. Again — they were SO simple and I just printed them out at home on 8X10 paper. I bought three white frames at Hobby Lobby for half price so when I was done using them at the party I could hang them in her room!!
Party decorations seriously don’t get easier or cheaper!!
This is the outfit I ordered for Lucy’s birthday. It looks like the Etsy shop has since closed though, and I tried to find out if she was selling somewhere else but couldn’t find her anywhere. It is super cute, though and was very reasonably priced.
(**image courtesy of Sugar N Spice Boutique on Etsy)
I ordered this onesie personalized for Lucy from another shop to do her party invite photos. Again — it is SO cute and was here in just a few days!! I was really happy with it and Lucy will get a lot of wear out of it.
(**photo courtesy of Happy Birthday Boutique)
I kept the dessert table relatively simple. Candy, cupcakes, cake pops, and cookies.
I ordered a plain white vinyl tablecloth and a red and white striped table skirt from Oriental Trading Company. I ended up being REALLY glad I ordered the skirt — it was only five bucks but added a TON of cute factor. The self adhesive strip stuck through the whole party!!
The black and white candies are also from Oriental Trading Company and tasted just like Sixlets.
These cherry candy sticks are from Oriental Trading Company as well. I thought they leftovers would be cute at Christmas too!
We clipped photos of Lucy to a strand of twine, in chronological order.
I just matted the photos on cardstock and spray painted some miniature clothespins with chalkboard spray.
I uploaded the photos from my computer to Walgreens and got all my 4x6s for around $4. Again — a super cheap but super cute decoration. And everyone really liked hanging around the dessert table and looking at the photos.
An Olivia doll, of course.
I got this girl on Amazon and she’s good sized — probably close to 2 feet tall, and she has can also serve as a pillow and blanket — the blanket is zipped up inside of her!!
Of course, Lucy is too small to use her as a blanket right now, but I can see her using it later for sure. The blanket inside is REALLY big!! I was SO surprised by how nice this doll was for $25.
These strawberry cake pops are right out of Bakerella’s book. They were honestly some of the simplest cake pops I’ve ever made, and everyone loved them.
Red Velvet Cookies — these are made using a cake mix and couldn’t be simpler. The red color was the perfect compliment to the dessert table, and I loved that they were easy and yummy. (recipe HERE, just subbing red velvet for lemon mix)
These are just plain vanilla cupcakes with buttercream. I used a cake mix, simply because I had so much to do!! You can’t tell in the photos, but I topped these with a good dose of Disco Dust. They sparkled SO pretty!!
(I’m just using an empty box wrapped in black gift wrap as a cupcake stand — it was large and added some height to the table)
Here’s the birthday girl!! She didn’t know what was going on, but she sure was glad to see everyone!! She loves talking and waving.
Waving is her FAVORITE.
I did her little cake myself. I know the party colors were red, black, and white, but I didn’t want her face stained with red and black frosting, so I went with light pink.
Lucy’s reaction to the cake was very dainty at first…
(I’ve had a lot of questions about her bib — I ordered several different ones from THIS SHOP back when she was teething and drooling like CRAZY. They are lined with waterproof fabric, so I loved that they looked cute and kept her clothes dry)
And once she got a good ways in, she abandoned all her ladylike ways and went for it with PURE JOY.
I was SO happy to see her having such a good time. This picture captures her perfectly!!
I was really, really pleased with the Olivia the Pig party. I didn’t spend a fortune on party decorations or crazy desserts, and quite a few of the things I did use can be used again.
I let her gram pick a bunch of photos off the twine before she left to take home and hang up on the refrigerator, so even those will be used for a long time.
Thank you SO much for sharing her big day with me. I’m a little (lot) sad…she is my last baby (for sure. For real, this time), and it’s hard saying goodbye to first birthdays. But I’m trying to focus on new memories we will make.
(also, wine helps sadness sometimes. And chocolate)
Enjoy and have a VERY HAPPY Monday!!