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Here’s some more eye candy (no pun intended ;)) from Emmalyn’s Pretty in Pink party. I had SO much fun making everthing for her 1st Birthday! Some people may think I went a little over board {okay maybe I did ;)}, but I loved making it all! I’m all over throwing a DIY party… and hey what if she’s my only girl?! I absolutely love all things girly and pink and my little diva does too!

{ Pink Vanity – DIY Party }

When I found this nightstand at Goodwill’s 50% off Saturday sale for only $2, I knew had to have it! I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I loved the curves! I had tons of leftover pink paint from when we painted my daughter’s nursery pink (here), so I decided I’d paint it pink for the party.  Why not, right?! ;)

I gave it a good sand, light coat of primer and 2 coats of pink paint. You can find more tips on painting here.

{ Painted Vases – DIY Party }

I saw this super easy and inexpensive idea for painting vases in the BHG magazine. I found some vases at the Dollar Tree and Goodwill for $1 {score}! All you do is pour some paint inside the vase and swirl it around till it covers the inside. If your paint is thick you may want to dilute it with water first.

After the paint covered the vase I poured the excess back into the can. Then I wiped the rim of the vase with a damp paper towel and let it dry for 48 hours. These vases are seriously SO easy to make and make ALL the difference! You must try them!


These vases added the perfect touch to the party and for a buck… you just can’t beat that!


And I must say…this little candy station was a big hit at the party! Even the boys loved it! ;)

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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37 Responses to “DIY Party Makeovers {Pink Vanity & Painted Vases}”

  1. Amy @ All In A Day

    Everything turned out sooooo cute, girl!! I just love it all. All those little details make all the difference in the world! I just threw a DIY first birthday party for my baby girl, too! I did owls & polka dots with LOTS and LOTS of pink! I had a candy bar that looked almost just like yours! I just loved doing everything myself and seeing it all come together! Check it out:


  2. Samantha

    How absolutely precious is this! Perfect! And I am definitely going to have to borrow that idea for painting the vases. That is THE perfect way to make a cheap vase look not so cheap! Doing this THIS WEEKEND!

    Great job!

    • Jamielyn

      Thanks Samantha!! It definitely is a cheap and fast way to upcycle some vases. Would be fun with some apothecary jars as well! :)

  3. poppyinpink

    Go all the way over the top, for her sake! It is precious to appreciate your children and there are no limits on the things we do for love(..sounds like a song?) Just give your darling girl the time of her life and a birthday is a great opportunity to do that. I love these pics!

  4. Amber D.

    I’m so anxious to see the rest of it! How in the heck do you have enough time and patience for a party that glamorous?? I envy you Jamie.

  5. Megan

    Super fun (& cheap) idea!! i love! totally gonna make some white ones!! I just started a blog about all things hair/hairstyles! come check it out!

  6. Rowena@ Custom Suits

    You have outdone yourself by renovating that simple nightstand for your baby’s party. You are indeed a very creative mom. And who won’t love that pretty in pink stand with candies as well?!

  7. Vicki Bensinger

    How adorable. I always did DIY parties. They were always such fun and I enjoyed turning them into spectacular parties – which they were. Yours looks like fun. I love the paint in the jar idea plus I never thought to go to Goodwill to find things. I will have to check that out. Glad everyone had a great time.


    don’t worry about what other people say – enjoy your daughter while you can, before you know it she will be too big to want all the fun stuff you did for her. Just have fun!

  9. tina

    You did a fantastic job on this whole set up – good for you and all the time it took.
    I am a huge fan and don’t leave too many comments but this really deserved one this time. Way cool.


  10. Trina

    Great job on the finds and making a beautiful candy station. A birthday is a one time a year event when the person is celebrated for being alive, so NEVER stop going big for birthdays for your little girl. I give my girls a party with friends, a treat for classmates, and a family party on birthday date. Celebrate always without apologies.

  11. Marta Yates

    Would be fun with some apothecary jars as well! Jamielyn Thanks Tina for commenting and you sweet thoughts, I really appreciate it.