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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Winter One-derland 1st Birthday Party: Decorations

Finally! Here is Part One of Mia’s Winter One-derland Party...Be sure to check out my sneak peek and inspiration board too.  I know most of us are SO over winter as we thaw out of the blizzard, but check it out and let me know what you think! A lot of the party concepts can be used for other themes simply by switching the colors of cardstock, yarn, branches, floral picks, etc.

Being busy as hostess, I wasn’t part of every conversation, but I do recall hearing lots of laughter and moans from tummies being so full. And to me, that is a successful party. Oh and the birthday girl was happily awake for a majority of the time. J 
*All photos by me and Frances*
 DIY Details:
  • Mantle– Purchased wooden letters from Michael’s and painted with acrylic paint. The letters were resting against cheap frames lined with glittery wrapping paper. The 3 candleholders are from Michael's too.
  • Sweater Pillows & VasesI asked my friends for sweaters they don’t plan on wearing and made pillows out of them. I also snipped sweater sleeves and wrapped them around glass vases which eliminated the need for fillers.
  • Dot/51 Weekly Pictures GarlandsI took a picture of Mia every week to document how she’s grown and changed throughout the year. Using ribbon, I taped the pictures and circles punched out of cardstock to create a backdrop for the entry way, kitchen and family room. My sister in law will be putting them in a scrapbook for me J Thanks Liza!
  • Crepe Paper Rosette WreathThis cost less than $3 to make because I made my own wreath form. I took a wrapping paper roll that was unraveling and taped the ends together. Then I wrapped the loose form with brown paper bags taping where ever necessary to give the wreath more bulk.
  • Favors -
    Kids - I found a polar bear book in the $1 bin at Target which fit perfectly with the winter theme! I also nabbed some mittens from the $1 bin. I punched out circles to use as gift tags.
    Adults – When I was a kid, I remember coming inside to have hot chocolate after playing in the snow. So I made dry hot chocolate mix for everyone to take home from the Winter One-derland J I saved baby food jars months in advance and used Martha’s hot chocolate mix, but added Hazelnut Coffee-mate Creamer to change it up a bit. I also put mini marshmallows in the jars, just like when I was a kid. Using MS word, I printed a thank you message on one side of cardstock and instructions on the other. I punched them out and attached them to the jars with yarn.  
  • Candelabra Centerpiece Inspired by this centerpiece from Thrifty Decor Chick and this candelabra from Hostess with the Mostess, I covered the edges of a cheap mirror with ribbon, topped it with cardstock circles, Ikea vases filled with holiday picks from Michael’s, and a cupcake topped candelabra (also from Michael’s).
  • Home Videos (not pictured) – I went through our videos for the year and set a laptop on the end table. The videos were on repeat for guests to watch while hanging out in the living room. 
But wait! There's more to the party! This was only the front of the house!
PART TWO - Desserts and Doljabi post is in the works...

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stinertrev said...

I was a HUGE fan of the decorations. They were gorgeous. AND we LOVED the hot chocolate!

Gretchen said...

Love it! So cool.

House of Smiths said...

Everything looks FABULOUS! I love the attention to detail :)
Thank you for sharing this with me!
The crepe paper wreath turned out FANTASTIC!


Arlene said...

Wow everything looks so amazing! You made everything look so elegant. This is something like what I pictured when I thought of the winter ONEderland theme for my daughter. Pure inspiration.

Artsy Fartsy said...

Very cute - loved the favors and the decor! I'm bookmarking this for my 2nd daughter's 1st birthday (she's not born quite yet, but her birthday will be a winter one!)