Maura turns one on Saturday (really hard for me to believe), but her party isn't until next Saturday, the 17th. I'm not going overboard on any one particular theme, but I am kinda running with the idea of a slight vintage alphabet flash card look and feel for a few things. (Similar to the alphabet cards hanging on the wall above the crib in Maura's nursery ...and we have a more modern set that we like to look at when she's sitting in her high chair eating.) Maybe with some other old school learning/toy ideas thrown in there for good measure. (Of course, we've all met me and thus know that I tend to think big and usually run of out time!)
For her invitations, I went with "Bb is for birthday" (as opposed to "Mm for Maura", etc.) and painted a little watercolor cupcake (since we're going to serve cupcakes for dessert instead of cake...hopefully not a huge no-no at a first birthday party!).
I want the color palette of the party to be bright and fun...watermelon pink, seafoam and aqua, yellows, oranges, shades of green...kinda like her room. I'm going to also try and incorporate lots of pattern. So I used Paper Source cover paper in Strawberry to back the invites and sent them in these cute envelopes in Pool.
I'm hoping the combo of old school school-house and script fonts plus the rounded border give off a bit of the vintage vibe I wanted.
I didn't have exactly enough time to work on these as I would have liked (sorry, baby girl!) so I think I probably could have developed this idea a bit further, but I think they're good enough to fit the bill.
I hope to somehow display the set of alphabet cards we use at mealtimes at the party (no way am I messing the ones on her wall!) and incorporate the whole "Aa is for apple" idea with any of the other paper things. I'd like to leave out some vintagey children's books on the tables as part of the centerpieces/for kids to read during the party. And get a chalkboard for people to write messages on and hold up at the photo booth. Any other ideas for how I can develop more of the vintage alphabet flashcard/learning/toy theme at the party? Thanks, guys:)
Ps. Check out some of my inspiration for party decor here.