Tuesday, August 20, 2013

{My Parties} My Sweet Sunshine 1st Birthday Party with Birthday Express

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I am loving working with +Birthday Express as one of their team of stylists. One of my favorite parts of this collaboration is getting to see the brand-new themes before they are rolled out! When I saw this theme earlier in the summer, I immediately had a ton of ideas for it. 
 I adore this theme and it is really perfect for a first birthday OR a baby shower! And anytime of the year!
I mean, what parent hasn't sung that song to their kids? 
This party HAD to be shot outside! The theme demands it. 
I got my inspiration for this party from the great sun graphics that Birthday Express created for this collection. They even have an entire vinyl sticker set that you could use on the walls of a bedroom! Using that as my starting point, I wanted to create a textural backdrop. Paying homage to the queen of paper plate backdrops, Piggy Bank Parties, I used almost 100 yellow paper plates to create this backdrop. Each one was hand-cut into little sun shapes by fringing the outside rim of the plates with scissors. 

 With the leftover plates, I created a bunting for the front of the table. I used some of the vinyl wall stickers on the plates to give the suns faces. 
 Banana pudding seemed the perfect addition to this theme! I used an old container that I had lying around and covered it with wrapping paper from +Target to tie it in with the theme. 
 These cookies are one of my favorite parts of this party! They are almost too cute to eat!!
Check out my friend Amanda's new business, Semi Sweet Confections to see some of her work! She's extremely talented!
 The cookies are lying on a bed of Lemonhead candies. I created the stands with some melamine plates and cups from Target's summer line. 
 I dipped some Golden Oreos in melting candy that I hand dyed to match the coral of the party. They were delicious and pretty!
 I used some of the stickers from the Sweet Sunshine party collection on Birthday Express' popcorn boxes. I filled them with cotton candy from the Dollar Tree. The pink, yellow, and orange doilies are from the dollar spot at Michael's. 

 Aren't these party products CUTE? 

For the cake and the cake pops, I created a stand using hat boxes, wrapping paper, washi tape, and pom poms. 
 I used a styrofoam wreath form around one of the cake boxes to hold the cake pops. I painted it yellow to match the theme. 

And speaking of the cake pops, could they BE ANY CUTER? Autumn always kills it. I mean, they are ridiculously sweet!

I changed the regular lollipop sticks to these shimmer sticks from Painting Paris Pink. Check out her Etsy shop! She has tons of colors!

 I made this cake topper with some tissue paper and yarn. Easy!
And look at how cute my little model is!
This is Miss A and she is modeling a tutu by +Kristal Lee at Atutudes! 
 Could she be any sweeter? 

For the favor table, I used some paper fans and put a sticker from the collection on then centers. I hung them from the fence using thumb tacks.   

 There are two different favor boxes in this collection, a large one and a smaller one. 

 The smaller one is perfect for a cupcake, and even comes with a neat inside cupcake holder. 
 But, I filled them with these really pretty glittered putty jars from +Michaels Stores 
 I might have squealed aloud in the store when I saw these! 
There is even an adorable pinata in this collection!
And just because she is cute, here are some gratuitous baby cake smashing pictures!


Glitter Sticks: Painting Paris Pink
Tutu:  Atutudes
Theme origination, lollipops and paper supplies: Birthday Express
Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs


  1. What a gorgeous party!!! I love the colors, and most of all the yellow plates, what a fabulous idea, though it must have taken forever to fringe all those plates!! Super job! :)

  2. You know what I love the most...the Paper Plate Backdrop! ♥ Another adorable party, B!

  3. Love this party! Makes me happy :)

  4. This is absolutely beautiful! I love all of the bright colors. My son is 2 1/2 now and I still sing "You Are My Sunshine" to him every day. :)

  5. This is so cute!! I love those colors and especially those jars!! This is a perfect for a summer birthday party. Your daughter is so cute in that tutu!! Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week!

  6. First...you daughter...OMG! Too cute. Second...love this par-tay!

  7. The birthday girl is looking so adorable in that lovely tutu...Such cute party with perfect execution..

  8. This is a stunning party. I just LOVE that part backdrop....very clever :-)

  9. Such a cute party Brittany! - and little model too ;-)

  10. I love that song and sing it to my kids often. I adore that paper plate backdrop, simply stunning!

  11. Love this party! So many cute ideas!

  12. Where did you get the Poms for the Number 1 and the number 1?

    1. You can find those poms at any craft store. Those were from Hobby Lobby.

  13. What did you put the paper plates on to build the backdrop?

    1. I used a large piece of foam construction insulation and I pinned the plates in with straight pins. :)

  14. I am doing my daughters first birthday in the you are my sunshine theme, I ordered the sunshine plates but I am nervous to order the plates with the polka dots that says my sweet sunshine, are they red and yellow or pink and yellow? It looks almost pink on your page but on the Birthday express site it looks red.

    1. They do look red on the BE site, but they are truly a pinky coral. Hope that helps!


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