This past year has brought much happiness with Owen in our lives. And one of the things I’m most grateful for is the amazing group of fellow new mothers that I’ve become friends with since Owen’s arrival. We started out as a playgroup but have become so much more, supporting each other as we’ve shared the joys and frustrations of motherhood and experiencing the growth of our children from tiny, sleepy newborns to fast-moving tots with big personalities.
Time goes by so quickly! Almost all of our little ones are a year old now. And it has been such fun taking part in all of the birthday celebrations, seeing all of our boys and girls smashing up their first cakes.
A couple months ago, Mitzi, a playgroup mommy, asked me to help her with her son’s first birthday party. I, of course, was super excited to do some party planning and crafting and also honored to be a part of Nathan’s celebration. I was even more enthusiastic when she told me the theme was “vintage Babar” – what a cute idea! I love children’s books and I love anything with a vintage style, so I had no trouble getting inspired for Nathan’s party. Plus, Mitzi’s energy and excitement for her son’s birthday was absolutely contagious.
In case you’re not familiar with Babar, he’s the elephant king character in the famous French children’s book series. The books feature beautiful illustrations and a lovely black script font. I tried to incorporate these elements into the party invitations and decorations. Plus, Babar often travels in his stories, so a touch of traveling was part of the design too – hot air balloons, cars, suitcases, etc.
The big day finally came to fruition this past weekend. Here are some photos from the Babar-ty! Happy First Birthday, Nathan!
The welcome table included lots of cute pics of Nathan, vintage Babar books (of course), and an awesome sign created by another mother in our playgroup, Ali. A little stuffed Babar sat next to a sign that I designed asking everyone to write a message for Nathan in the guest book.
The tables looked perfect with gray, yellow, red and white colors. I handmade golden yellow paper crowns that Mitzi filled with Cheerios. Owen loved this snack!
I also crafted pinwheels that Mitzi used to decorate the tables.
The drinks were even decorated with labels that I designed. I loved the striped straws that Mitzi found too.
And every birthday party needs banners, of course! I created a happy birthday sign, cutting out the script by hand. I also put together an adorable banner of monthly photos of Nathan with his Babar stuffed animal – he’s changed so much over the past 12 months!
The dessert table looked fantastic. Mitzi did a great job with all the details – Nathan is a lucky little guy! I crafted the toppers for the cupcakes and I was happy with how perfectly everything came together.
It looks like Nathan’s cake tasted as good as it looked!