If you are looking for a delightful and vibrant way to celebrate a 1st birthday, this beautiful garden inspired 1st birthday party by Mari Spiker definitely meets those criteria! Full of cheerful flowers, whimsical decorations, and a mouthwatering main course and dessert menu, a first birthday party just doesn’t get any cuter. Get ready to swoon over the images, captured by the talented Liz Williams of Lizzyography.
Here is what Mari shared about the party:
The inspiration for this gorgeous backyard soiree, started with the party invitation. Jen Tong of The Trim Shoppe painted the guest of honor, Nora’s, portrait for the invitation. Lauren Clements, a local graphic designer and close friend of Mari’s helped to life the rest of the invitation.
Mari met, Jen of The Trim Shoppe when they worked together at Anthropologie. She helped give Mari’s yard some much-needed oomph by hand-weaving a table runner to dress up the wooden pallet dining tables & dip-dying macrame that was whimsically strung across Mari’s fence.
We were happy that Mari chose us for some of her party goods! Mari visited the Hoopla Events Etsy Shop and used our popular yellow striped paper plates and coordinating party favor bags, which she filled with toys from Zurchers Party Store. Don’t you just love how the yellow softens all of the bright and bold pinks in Mari’s designs? Mari also selected our ceramic letter dishes to spell out N-O-R-A. They are so versatile and can be used as candy dishes, to serve dip, small favors, etc… We love that Mari chose to use them as mini flower vases!
Mari picked up her dessert plates, utensils, napkins, and balloons from Zurchers Party Store! They coordinated and complimented each other perfectly! Mari liked being able to combine brands and products to achieve the look she was going for. Mari filled her yard with 60 balloons to create a colorful and more intimate space.
Food can make or break a party. Mari decided to keep her menu simple, but delicious. She partnered with her mother-in-law, Linda Spiker of The Organic Kitchen to whip up a delicious Pulled Pork & Traditional Slaw. She also served pulled chicken and citrus slaw. And because Mari loves small bites, she went the slider route. To make life even easier easier, Mari prepped all of the food in advance. The protein cooked in the crock pot all day and veggies were chopped the day before. For a refreshing beverage, Mari served organic lemonade, The Organic Kitchens Strawberry + Marscapone dip, and caprese on a stick. The food was delicious, and when the party was over, not a morsel remained!
Mari lightened her load by hiring out her desserts. She ordered beautiful Scandinavian Rosette Cookies from The Mighty Baker. She had the cupcakes, main cake, and smash cake all done by The Sweetest Things Cake Shoppe. Mari added her own embellishments to each.
The wall posters were painted by my Mari’s sweet friend Lauren, the same friend who did Nora’s invitation. Mari adorned them with handmade tissue flowers & pennant banners from Zurchers Party Store. Flowers for the macrame, the hanging garlands, and the arrangements on the dessert table were all by the talented and sweet Amelia Design. Don’t you love how the garlands finish off the yard?
To give the guests something to sit on Mari painted stripes on drop cloths, which also helped really brighten up the party. Brilliant!
Overall, it was a perfect party and all for Mari’s special little lady. What a wonderful 1st birthday party with friends and family!
Resources to recreate your own bright garden inspired 1st birthday party:
– Yellow Stripe Paper Plates
– Yellow Stripe Party Favor Bag
– Yellow Polka Dot & Stripe Cocktail Napkins
– Ceramic Letter Dishes
– Yellow Cupcake Toppers
– Mosser Glass 12″ Footed Cake Plate – Jade
– Now Designs Tin Cake Stand, Aqua
– 10″ Butter Cream Color Glass Cake Stand Plate Bakery Grade
– Bonnie Macrame Craft Cord 4mmX50yd, Pearl Beige
– Leegoal Artificial Hydrangea Flower Bouquet Home Party Wedding Decor (Milk White)
– Rustic Wooden Cake Stand – Weddings and Events
– Paper Mache Letters
– Vintage glass milk bottles
– Set of 2 glass beverage dispensers
– 12″ white milk glass cake stand
– 9″ white milk glass cake stand
– 12″ pink milk glass cake stand
– Rectangle porcelain serving platters, set of 2
– Woven Serape Table Runner
**Shop yellow party supplies in our Hoopla Events Etsy Shop