A Sweet Backyard First Birthday

Today's sweet backyard First Birthday Party was submitted by our friends over at EAE Personalized Creations. Ella's special celebration planning had begun and mom Kami asked the team at EAE to create an invitation using the soft vintage color palette of pinks, greens and yellows. Once the invite was established all of the other party details fell nicely into place, creating an {adorable} backyard event that everyone was sure to enjoy!

Precious photos of Ella were used to add a special touch to the tablescapes.

One of the crowd favorites were the mason jars were filled with homemade lemonade - the kids absolutely loved using the straws with quirky sayings.

Diving right into her gorgeous birthday cake, Ella sat in the same highchair that her mom used as a child, a truly keepsake moment...

A photo collage is a great way to display your little one's growth over the past year and an outdoor photo booth area, complete with props, gives your guests a fun activity to try during the party!

I LOVE this display of Ella's milestones - such a great way to share her first year of development!

Favors included wrapped playdoh with personalized labels as well as bags of sugar cookie mix - YUM!

Vendor Credits:

Invites, Favor Tags, Wish Cards, Straw Flags and Cookie Recipe Tags: EAE Personalized Creations
Tables and Linens: Welborn Flowers and Events
Cakes: Sissy Bubs Sweets



Baby Pacifier Fondant Tutorial ~ Lynlee's

For those of you looking for the perfect cupcake topper or embellishment for the sweets at your upcoming event, you won't want to miss this Fondant Pacifier Tutorial from our friends over at Lynlee's. Your guests will be "ooo-ing" and "ahh-ing" over these adorable little treats that you can create with just a few simple steps. If you LOVE this idea as much as we do, you will be happy to learn that Lynlee is releasing her first book in April 2014 {with presales startig soon} and it will be full of AMAZING tutorials such as this one. Many thanks to Lynlee for allowing us share this link with our readers and we'd love to hear back from any of you that have tried this.

Lyn­lee spe­cial­izes in fon­dant and party inspi­ra­tion and tutorials. We invite you to visit her website for more incredible ideas + inspirations!

A Hole in ONE - First Birthday Celebration

We are ending the week with a super-cute "Hole in ONE" First Birthday styled by Tania of Totful Memories in celebration of her nephews special day. I LOVE the blue and green color palette and argyle patterns that were used for the "preppy" party printables! This theme is perfect for your little one's birthday celebration or could even be transformed into an adorable baby shower. My favorite detail is definitely the "club" sandwiches for lunch, complete with golf tees as toothpicks - SO creative!

For party favors, each child got a set of clubs, a visor, water bottle and some treats.

Lexy of Pink Frosting Cookies, created matching golf-themed cookies that look too good to eat!

Vendor Credits:
Party Printables & photography: Tania of Totful Memories 
Sugar Cookies: Pink Frosting Cookies
Cake Platters: TomKat Studio Shop


Baby Shower Favors, Unique Baby Shower Gifts & Decorations

A baby shower is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate a new addition to the family. Incorporating personalized baby shower favors and unique baby shower decorations is a fabulous way to make the event a truly personal one. Beau-coup strives to bring you the best and largest selection of baby shower party favors as well as one of a kind baby shower supplies and gifts, all at lowest prices guaranteed.

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Little Bird Birthday Printable Pack | Polka Prints

Make your party a hit with these adorable printable decorations from Polka Prints. This fully customizable Little Bird Birthday printable party pack comes to you in a high resolution PDF printable form and will help to make your little one's Birthday Celebration extra special. As always, all Polka Prints prints and designs are 100% customizable – your color, your text, your way! 

This set includes:

- 1.5" Cupcake toppers and/or napkin rings
- Water Bottle Wrappers
- Food Signs 
- 7" Tall "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" Banner
- Thank you Card {Folds in half to write inside}
- 3" Party favor tags
- 8x10 yard/door sign

{Polka Prints is a sponsor of Best-Baby Sites}

Under The Sea Baby Shower

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July Holiday! Today we are delighted to share this Whimsical Under the Sea Baby Shower from Jen of Woolston & Grace Weddings. This gender-neutral event is full of so many wonderful details including custom invitations, fresh picked Hydrangea centerpieces, colorful linens + placesettings and coordinating decor {see below for the adorable onesie banner and framed whale print}. Guests enjoyed a catered luncheon meal with homemade punch and a custom whale cake for dessert. There were fun games and activities for the guests to enjoy and everyone left with a mini whale soap given as favors. 

The glass bottles used for drinks were Starbucks Frappuccino bottles that were emptied and cleaned with new “Sweet baby Woolston” stickers were added. 

Vendor Credits:

PhotographerKate Connolly
Event stylingWoolston + Grace Weddings
InvitationsAnd Here We Are
BakeryCups & Cakes
Straws & 36″ BalloonsShop Sweet Lulu
Baby Onsiesweddingchicks, TheJetty
Whale PrintSociety 6
Whale Soap FavorsSoapFavor

A Summer Picnic First Birthday Party

Happy First Day of Summer! We couldn't think of a better way to kick off the summer season than to share this AMAZING Picnic First Birthday with you thanks to our friends at Little Miss Party. The first thing that guests saw as they walked into the room was this GORGEOUS sunflower number one {I absolutely LOVE this!}. The food table was decorated to represent a sunny picnic at the park, complete with grass, a sun made from yellow balloons and a tasty picnic spread from Cobblestone Catering. There was even a Radio Flyer wagon filled with Pigs in a Blanket for the kiddos to enjoy! We invite you to scroll down as we share more of the images and details from this lovely event...

Creativity strikes with this watermelon vase filled with gorgeous white lisianthus. I also LOVE the yellow billy balls in the vintage coke bottle and the red pail filled with sunflowers!

There was an area set up inside for the kiddos featuring Leela's Lemonade and the balcony area featured a beverage station for the adults that was decorated to fit the picnic theme.  

For an added touch, pictures of the birthday girl's First Year were hung above the dessert table. Sweet treats included fresh fruit, a vanilla cake with sunflower design by Sugar Sweet Sunshine, incredible  "corn-on-the-cob"cupcakes from Kreated by K {inspired by Martha Stewart} and mini oreo + strawberry cheesecakes from Eileen’s.

Images by Leigh Anna Thompson


Giveaway: Guest Tree Fingerprint Guestbook Package

Our friends at Guest Tree are hosting an AMAZING giveaway package {valued at $35} for one of our lucky readers this week. Included in this giveaway is (1) 11" x 14" Guest Tree print of your choice, (2) Ink Pads  and (1) Archival Quality Pen. By displaying a guest tree or fingerprint guestbook at your event, your are giving your guests the opportunity to "leaf" their fingerprint and signature on the branches of your tree. After your event has ended, you can frame your print to create an everlasting keepsake to display and cherish forever. With many different styles to choose from, Guest Tree has the PERFECT addition to your next event!

{Note: Pictured above is a "blank" guest tree and below is an example of a "finished" tree. Winner will select the guest book design/personalization and ink colors of their choice for this giveaway}

To enter the contest please visit Guest Tree and come back here to post a comment with your favorite design from their shop. The contest runs thru Tuesday June 11, 2013 with a winner being announced on Wednesday June 12, 2013. Please be sure to leave your email address on the comment form so I can email you if you're the lucky winner {it will not be published} 

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You must be 18 years or older to enter and reside in the United States to be eligible 
(shipping is provided to US only if applicable).

A Gender Neutral Beach Baby Shower

We are beyond excited to share this Sea Breeze Gender Neutral Baby Shower with you today thanks to our friends at Anders Ruff Designs. They have put together a truly AMAZING event full of inspirational ideas and DIY touches. It all started with a color palette of mint, aqua, lime + yellow and a menu that included simple, yet beautiful desserts and finger foods. The decor is beyond gorgeous and I just love all of the little details that were incorporated - especially the use of yarn to make the Pom Bunting and Flowers as well as an added decoration to the wrapped gifts. The menu consisted of  homemade fancy desserts mixed with store bought basics that were easily embellished. Guest favors included homemade baby pickles in glass baby food jars and M&M candies displayed in antique spice rack with old glass spice jars. All of the coordinating printables were designed by Anders Ruff and are available for purchase {here}. Images by Becca Bond Photography.

Vendor Credits:

Design, Styling, Printables, & Food (Macarons, Merinuges & Sandwiches)Anders Ruff
PhotographyBecca Bond Photography
Glass Bottles & StrawsShop My Little Love


Baby Shower Party Supplies from Favor Days

Favor Days not only has an amazing selection of favors for your Baby Shower Event, but they also carry an incredible selection of Party Supplies to help you get ready for your special celebration. Their napkins come in an abundance of colors - you can choose gender specific colors or something more generic. Use the personalization options to create a unique printed napkin perfect for your event. Go green and add a stylish look to your party with their eco-friendly, biodegradable vintage paper straws - a perfect way to add some color to your drinks, glass bottles, jars or candy buffet. Add a touch of whimsy with tissue paper pom poms that can accessorize your centerpieces, table decor, dessert table and more. Combine these tissue paper flowers with their cupcake wrappers to embellish your cupcake display table!

Looking for the whole package? Favor Days also offers Deluxe Party Kits that will ensure a colorful yet stress-free baby shower. This modern style kit is filled with countless matching accessories, from invitations and a welcome banner to favor tags and cupcake toppers! Coordinating patterns are printed on every item - just add your own treats and favors and your planning is complete! 

{Favor Days is a sponsor of Best-Baby Sites}