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July 23, 2018

Designing ONEderland

I knew I wanted to make a big deal about L’s first birthday because your first (babe) only has their first birthday once right?! I am also so thrilled to have survived the first year of parenthood and it really exceeded my expectations.

Anyway, when your own birthday is in the dreary month of January you start to brainstorm a theme for a really fun spring party for your seasonally, well-timed baby. I wanted something special–naturally– and once I stumbled upon an Alice in ONEderland theme I knew that would be perfect for L. Not only is her middle name Alice but a few years ago I worked on a fundraiser party that was Mad Hatter themed! Still had the Pinterest boards filled with all kinds of inspiration that could kick off my planning.

Since I had done an Alice in Wonderland party before I knew I wanted it to have a very different vibe. The first party was dark and modern (for a NYE event) so a new direction was definitely necessary. A little girls tea party seemed just right for the afternoon affair so I set the color palette first: Array of pinks, pops of gold and just a hint of mint.

Next, I started on the invitation design because that’s my favorite part, and it’s the first designed piece your guests see. It gives them a little taste of the event and is the first impression. I needed an illustration that was simple yet refined. There are so many visuals and icons equated with Alice in Wonderland that I knew I couldn’t choose just one.

 

After sketching I decided it would be a line drawing that I may add some color to. After experimenting with multiple colors I decided keeping it monotone would be ideal and keep it from being too busy. I reused a monogram I had created for L when I did her birth announcements but gave it a new spin that incorporated it into the invitation design.

initial invitation sketch from sketchbook

final invitation design and thank you card

 

 

Once the invitation was complete, everything else started falling into place. These cute food cards would add to the table decor and L’s monogram (which I used on her baby announcements) I adjusted to fit with the decor and had these cocktail napkins printed.

Aside from illustration and designing the paper pieces, I really loved the flower arranging process and the am happy with the designs that came out! It was my first real go at flower arranging (fortunately, I had my mom to help) but I don’t think it will be the last!

 

 

 

 

Last but not least I made this “one” banner out of old material I had lying around as well as one of my old childhood dresses that Jake said was too dated to bring back for L’s closet. I’ve been wanting to make one of these out of ribbon or fabric for something so I’m glad I had the chance to use it for her party! It is now hanging in L’s room and I can switch out the “one” lettering for something else in the future.

Any favorite craft decor ideas from your parties?!

 

*my dress from Girl Meets Glam. L’s tutu dress courtesy of Amazon!

** cake made by emerald coast custom cakes.

 

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