I started with an owl theme, I absolutely love owls, not the real ones, just the cute decorative ones. I have based a lot of Madison's room around them so thought I would continue the theme into her First Birthday Party. Any birthday party from here will probably be at a park or at a play centre etc but this one was in our home so I wanted to continue our theme.
I started with our dining table, covered it with a white table cloth and started decorating. I had made an owl bunting for Madison's room, which I will share with you shortly, that was the same style as a Happy Birthday bunting that I purchased from Spotlight. I hung the happy birthday owl bunting up above the table with a few balloons, then decorated the table with a few other bits and pieces.
I created this owl from a pink paper lantern, cut up paper and stuck it on. I made a few more that I hung from my lights in the lounge room, unfortunately the photos I took in the lounge room didn't come out well so wasn't able to use them in the post.
I grabbed some left over jars that I had in the kitchen, turned them upside down and drizzled paint over them so they would run down the sides, when they were dry I put the fake candles in them to add a small touch of creativity to the table.
I decorated with a few more bits and pieces, such as some lolly bags that I made up, placed them in an alphabet box and put them in the centre of the table so people would grab them, the letter M for Madison....obviously. I also make a watermelon punch to put on the table which was actually delicious! It was simply a 1.25 litre bottle of lemonade, some watermelon which I blended into a syrup, cut up the rest of the watermelon and some lemons and put them in with some ice. Yum!!
I wanted to continue the owl theme throughout the house but decided that the cake shouldn't be an owl....too much. So I went with cupcakes. I put them on a tower and baked a large cupcake to go on top. I had a heap of plans for this cake but really ran out of time so unfortunately it wasn't exactly what I wanted. I wanted to use some owl paper that I had to line the bottom of the cake so it would look a bit more like a cupcake. The swirls on the top were fine, it was just the bottom I wanted to do more with. I also had a cute Happy Birthday candle that I wanted to put on it but it was pink and looked a bit funny without the contrast on the bottom of the cake. The one good thing is that Madison won't really remember it, so I will make it heaps better next year!
I continued the bunting theme in the lounge room of our home but did this one a little differently. I got some owl themed paper, cut them into bunting triangles, punched holes on the top corners and threaded some ribbon through so I could hang them up. They turned out quite well. I also hung some fun lanterns from the light fixtures to add a bit extra to the room.
We had a fantastic day at Madison's party and I really liked our little decorations. It's so much more satisfying when you have made most of the decorations yourself and then get a few comments on how great they look. All the items I purchased to make the decorations were from my local Spotlight, I love that shop a little too much. I believe they are currently working on their online store so not everything is online, you can find out where there is a local store near you, or simply visit your local craft store to find what you need. I can't wait to decorate for her 2nd birthday, sadly I already know what I want to do!
(Photos: Styled to Profit)