Somehow a year has passed since we met our precious Zora Robin. I can hardly believe that our baby isn't really a baby anymore. It makes me excited and heartbroken all at the same time.
Over these last 12 months she's grown in so many ways. She's gotten taller, smarter, funnier, happier, so many things in such a short time.
I thought I'd share her first party with you because I found some great deals and even saved some money here and there. I'm actually pretty proud of myself because I did almost every bit with my own hands(and the hands of my family). I even recycled.
We decided to celebrate Miss B's big 1st birthday with a "Bee Day" party. She earned her nickname, "B," when we introduced her to Claire. Claire had a knack for only saying the hard "ee" sounds of words for a long time. So, kitty was "T" and baby was "B" and so on. Claire had always had the very proper title of Miss Bear and so Zora was promptly dubbed Miss Baby or Miss B. That name evolved or devolved rather into B-B, Biddley B(my husband is weird, who knows), and a few others I can't recall. Claire had a ladybug 1st birthday so it seemed only fitting that Zora have a bug-theme as well.
Thank God for Pinterest. After spending several months compiling a lovely pinboard, I was ready to get crafting.
The invitations were pale yellow checked paper with a solid yellow overlay that I printed on my own printer. It's actually not that hard to set your margins, paper-size, and the like and print your own invites. I think I spent a total of one whole dollar on the invites. I don't count that I bought a snazzy paper cutter to make them because I'll use it a lot. Sarah should be very proud of me for breaking down and buying my own after so many hours spent sitting at her dining table using hers.
I had seen several table-scapes on Pinterest that gave me some great ideas for banners and such. I purchased a few sheets of scrapbooking paper in the same color of pale yellow but with varied patterns, i.e. polka dots, checks, etc. I then printed out letters in the size and font I wanted(in light gray to save ink), taped them to the paper and cut them out. I didn't bother cutting them out before putting them on the paper, why cut twice? Then, I used my paper cutter to make triangles out of paper bags. My sister is an avid Whole Foods shopper and never uses her paper bags. I had her save them from recycling for me. I think I used two total. I used a hole-punch to punch two holes in the tops of each triangle then threaded yellow ribbon through.
For favors I purchased headbands at the dollar store(six for a dollar), black pipe cleaners, and black puff balls and made my own bee antennae. That probably took the least amount of time of any of the projects. The kids and adults enjoyed them. The guests also received a little terracotta pot with a bag of flower seeds and a note that said, "Bees love flowers because they're sweet like you. Thanks for coming to my birthday party."
I wanted to keep with the bee theme and the only other thing I could think of was giving out honey, so I went with flowers. I printed the little notes on my computer on regular white paper, cut them out and used left-over paper from the invites make them look fancy. I hope the guests liked them and I hope their flowers grow.
Our serving dishes were primarily white and we used a few rugged-looking cutting boards for cheeses and the cupcakes. I had intended to make the cupcake stand that was featured on Squash Blossom Babies but after everything else, I just didn't have time.
Overall, I think they party was a success and more importantly, Zora was happy all day. She even got to wear a little dress with bees on it that I found for 60% off at Kohl's on a whim.
I can't wait until Claire's birthday, but I guess I'd better get pinning...it's only 6 months away.
Here's the totals:
Invites: $1 for the paper ($3 for the glue dots I had from a previous project and I also had envelopes left over from Claire's birthday that I paid $1 for 12)
Banner: $2 for the paper, $2 for the ribbon, $0 for the paper sacks
Decorations: $4 for metal buckets, $4 for tissue paper, $3 for fabric (1/2 made into pillow covers, 1/2 used as a table runner)
Favors: $2 for headbands, $3 for pipe cleaners and puff balls, $4 for two packs of 6 pots
So, if you don't count food costs we spent $25 on supplies for the party. Not too bad.