Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pink Shabby Chic First Birthday

Oh how I love pink, and vintage! The two come together for this shabby chic first birthday party.

We are fortunate to have some fabulous crystal and silver heirlooms in our china cabinet, that were begging to be used. I chose to center our daughters first birthday party theme around them. It was a great way to incorporate some sentimental (and free) pieces, that we don't get to use all that often. As passionate as I am about crafting, I wanted to make some decor to complement my serving ware.

I first made ribbon roses using pink paper party streamers. whew, say that 5 times fast! (See the you tube link on how to make them. youtube ribbon rose tutorial .) I then hot glued the roses to a 4" Styrofoam ball to make a flower pom (aka kissing ball). I had a set of stunning crystal candle sticks that we received as a wedding gift which I used to set the flower poms on for instant rose topiaries. They looked beautiful on my table.  

I then used the same rose making technique, but this time using  darker pink, and white streamer paper too. I used a ribbon wrapped, wire wreath form (because I already had it on hand and it is cheaper than using  the Styrofoam wreath forms) I used a wide 3" white ribbon so it would not show through. You can also use strips of fabric to hide the wire. For this, I simply wrapped the ribbon and hot glued it every so often to secure the it from unraveling. I then glued the paper roses all over and added a paper "1" cut from my Die cut machine. I then topped it off with a pretty accent ribbon and hung it on the front door as  a welcome wreath for the party.

I made a simple "Happy Birthday" banner using some 7" scalloped edge paper circles (which can be found pre-cut in various sizes at craft stores, I used my Cameo again.) I then glued paper doilies the scalloped edge disks. Using a foam stamp set, I then stamped each letter in the phrase "Happy Birthday" on the discs. I hole punched the discs and then strung a 4 inch piece of coordinating ribbon through. I tied off each piece of ribbon in a knot, stringing the banner together, by attaching each disc to the next. It turned out really cute. It was very simple and you CAN make it for next to nothing, without a paper cutting machine!

I added a few other things here and there and my daughters "pink chic birthday" was complete!

To see the cake I made and a great healthy birthday cake recipe, click this link to view the  post.