Pretty in Pink First Birthday Party


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Wahoo! I am FINALLY posting my daughter’s First Birthday! :)

I knew I wanted to go over the top with my daughter’s first Birthday party. This was my first party that I’ve styled and I had so much fun creating the party decor.  The theme I went with was ‘Pretty in Pink.’


My daughter Emmalyn is just about as girly as they come and she LOVES pink. She enjoys trying on my pearls and her bows, so I wanted to tie that into the theme as well. I love to create decor on a budget so I found a lot of the decor pieces from Goodwill and upcycled them with pink spray paint.


{photography done by Momentology Photography}

My favorite upcycle was an old rusty chandelier I found for $5. I turned it into a beautiful pink cake stand trimmed with pearls. It completed the whole dessert table! You can find the tutorial here.
I love these pretty cupcake liners I found at Jo-Ann’s
I also turned an old nightstand I found for $2 into a ‘Pretty in Pink’ candy station. I converted some dollar store glass vases by pouring pink paint inside and swirling it around. Then I filled them with fresh pink flowers to add to the dessert table. You can find both of those tutorials here.  I created polka dot favor bags with ribbon and a thank you tag that they could fill with candy. At the candy station we had pink gumballs, sixlets, rock candy, gummy bears, suckers and bubble gum sticks.
I also spray painted a bunch of cute funky frames with pink spray paint to display Emmalyn’s photos from her first Birthdays shoot.
For the party we served pink lemonade, club wraps, chicken croissant sandwiches, chips, veggies, fruit and strawberry dip. I poured the pink lemonade  in mason jars topped with citrus flower lids and pink striped straws. I wrapped each jar with ribbon, lace and twine securing it with glue dots. See the mason jar cups tutorial here.
The dessert bar was the best part! For the backdrop I hung up ruffle fabric with mounting tape and hung pommette’s in the center. I draped the tables with pink fabric and hung the ribbon banner across the front.
We had vanilla cake with strawberry filling, red velvet cake pops, royal icing cookies and strawberry cupcakes.
For the party we rented a princess bounce house and the kids had a ball jumping while the parents chatted and ate lots of cookies! The kids also had fun tossing balloons and blowing bubbles. Of course the best entertainment of all was watching our sweet girl dig into her first Birthday cake. We all snapped pictures with the Birthday queen and she just kept eating away.
We love our sweet Emmalyn and I loved all the details that went into planning her first Birthday. It will definitely be a party to remember.


DIY pretty in pink birthday party

I was thrilled to have this party featured on Hostess with the Mostess!! You can see the feature here.

I couldn’t have done this party with out the support from my wonderful family and fabulous vendors. THANK YOU!!

Vendor Credits/Links:
-Studio Photography: Momentology Photography
-Styling and Photography: I {heart} Nap Time
-Cake, Cookies and Cake Pops: Sugar Deams AZ
-Invitations, Banner, Food Labels, Water Bottle Labels: Chickabug
-Ribbon Banner: A to Zebra Celebrations
-Pom’s and Pommette’s: Pom Flair
-Chandelier Cake Stand: I {heart} Nap Time
-Straws, Favor Bags: Cakes and Kids Too
-Bounce House: AZ  Bounce House
-Mason Jars lids: We Love Citrus
-Funky Frames: Cut It Out
-Pink Candy: Oh Nuts! 
-Pink Tutu and Party Hat: I {heart} Nap Time
-Ribbon: The Ribbon Retreat
-Ruffle Fabric Backdrop: Ruffle Fabric
**update: to make the birthday hat I use THIS template then added a ruffle tulle  and pearl trim. :)
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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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84 comments on “Pretty in Pink First Birthday Party”

  1. omg!!! all that pink!! imma do that for MY next bday!!! ;)

  2. Oh this is so adorable! You have created such a wonderful memory, not only for your family but for everyone that attended the party. Such terrific details! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

  3. What a beautiful party! I am now officially obsessed with those flower lids on the Mason jars! You did a fabulous job and I’m so impressed with all of the thrifting and re-purposing you did – a can of spray paint goes a long way, huh? ;)

  4. How gorgeous! Excellent job! It turned out beautifully!

  5. Holy amazing! Love it all!!!!

  6. So beautiful — that is one lucky little princess!

  7. these photos are amazing! you did an overall exceptionally great job! wow! i love everything about this!!! <3 i really do!! i love the cookie where the heart is punched out. OMG! you did a great job <3

  8. What an amazing job you did!!! I love absolutely everything!!

  9. What a beautiful party you created for your daughter! I’m planning a 1st birthday party for my little boy and am a little jealous of all of your pink :) Hope mine will be half as pretty as yours is. Great job Momma!

  10. Oh the cuteness. I can hardly stand it!!! :)

  11. What an amazing job you did on the party! And that photo of your daughter at the top of the post is absolutely precious!

  12. this party is AMAZING! beautiful :)

  13. awesome! you did a great job! i love all the pink details!

  14. Absolutely beautiful!!! LOVE all the pink!

  15. So beautiful and love all that pink!

  16. This is so cute! Thanks for the inspiration. What a fun party!

  17. LOOOOVE!!! She is darling and you did such a great job!

  18. What an adorable party! Loved everything that you did. How creative and pretty!

  19. Hi, do you have a link to the party hat tutorial? I would love to attempt a hat for my daughter’s first birthday party. Thanks!!

  20. So fun! What a doll- happiest 1st. You did an outstanding job on her party.

  21. The party looks absolutely amazing! Every single detail is just perfect. I love all of the decorations and goodies and sweet Emmalyn looks SO adorable. Beautiful job Jamielyn!!

  22. Wow! Beautifully done!! You are amazing!

  23. I cannot even Begin to tell you how much I ADORE every detail of this party! I saw it posted on HWTM but wanted to wait til you posted it here to tell you what an AMAZING Job you did. ♥♥

  24. Gahhhhh! I LOVE this! I have two boys and FINALLY got my girl in June! I’m already planning her party and I want all this stuff!! Beautiful!! :-)

  25. SO beautiful! i love everything you did. love all the attention to the small details. my little girl’s first birthday is next week, I hope it looks half this good! ;) Can I ask where you found her cute little pink pearl necklace?? My daughter loves necklaces too, I haven’t been able to find a cute chunky necklace for her yet… Thanks!

  26. Oh, I’ve been looking forward to seeing the whole party! First of all, those pictures of your little girl are just SO beautiful! That first picture is priceless!! The rest of the party looks just as fabulous – you did such an amazing job! I wonder if I could have a Pretty in Pink 37th birthday party…. lol!

  27. OMG!! How amazing! Would love to see how you will top that party – what will you do when she turns 2 ( or 5, or 10)!!!!!!!

  28. I don’t remember if I commented here or not, but her party turned out darling!!!! Love everything you did. First birthdays are definitely meant to be over the top :) Her pictures turned out great-she is sooo stinkin’ cute!!

  29. Gorgeous birthday party, everything looks beautiful, have shared on our blog (with links back to your blog).

  30. This is adorable! And so i s that sweet girl!! I espescially love that chandelier idea! Cannot wait to try it one day. Thanks for the inspiration.

  31. You are a genius! That party rocked! I love pink too.

  32. Reply

    LOVEEE this cute party!! Came across it while looking for inspiration for my daughters’ princess tea party. Lots of lovely ideas. Thanks for sharing!!

  33. Wow! What a wonderful party. It turned out beautiful. You’re very talented.

  34. FAbulous. Found the link via Pinterest and repinned. Just cute as can be!

  35. Great party! We have a pink party coming up, too! :)

  36. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe Reply

    Cutest ever!

  37. Oh my goodness! Umm, can this be my birthday party, please?! This is so adorable! I am planning my son’s first birthday party {I think we’re having an artic theme} and I can’t wait to get started! Thank you for sharing your little girls bday with us!
    Stop by and say hello sometime!

  38. First off, you have the cutest little girl, second this is the cutest best idea ever..I am going to steal it if I ever have a daughter!!!

  39. This is just dripping with sweetness!

  40. This is absolutely one of the cutest 1st Birthday parties for a baby girl I’ve ever seen. Great job.

  41. The pictures are so adorable, LOVE that chandelier cake stand, and the photography is so lovely!

  42. I was also wondering how you made the party hat. I’ve been looking at one on Etsy, but at almost $35 with shipping, it’s a little pricy for this mom on a budget.

  43. Crazy question, but you woudln’t happen to be wiling to sell the chandelier, Im doing a similar theme for my daughters 1st. No luck finding one, and Im willing to do about any price?

  44. i LOVE this! my daughter is having her first birthday in may and i was planning on doing pretty in pink as the theme, naturally because she loves tutus and frilly girl stuff (; but anyway you did such a cute job, actually in all of my inspiration reasearch the first pretty in pink party i have found.

  45. Hi there this party it beautiful im looking to do something similar for my daughter sophias first birthday this is really great help im an just woundering what the exact colour of your backdrop is on that website and how many yards did you purchase thanks xo

  46. Wow! What an amazingly beautiful party! The pictures of your little girl are priceless. LOVE all the printables and the cookies.

  47. Hi…Your daughter is too cute and I am in love with the party you had for her! I am planning my daughters first bday and am taking que from you ;) I have a question about the timing of her adorable pics bc I see you had them on her invites…did you do a pre photoshoot with the cake and cookies for the invites? I am not sure of the timing of that and would like to know how you handled it…thank you

  48. I love it! It caught my eye as my daughters name is Emmalynn and I thought we were the only ones! She is beautiful and I am definitely going to have to steal some of your ideas!

  49. What a fabulous job! Love everything about it!

  50. Lorena Higuera Reply

    Everything looks amazing! I’m in love with the cake! Where did you order it? I would love to have it for my daughter’s 1st b-day :)

    Thank you!


  51. Jenn Studebaker Reply

    Oh my goodness! My daughter’s name is Emmalyn!

  52. i love everything about this!

  53. I was wondering where you got her pink dress that she is wearing?

  54. Hi, I am falling in love with all your creations !! May I ask you something ? Where you get that white plates and cake stands ?? That is lovely … Thanks for sharing!

  55. I bought the ruffle fabric to hang as a backdrop for my very own Emma Leigh’s first birthday, however our party is an outdoor one. My dilemma is how to hang the fabric? My husband thinks concrete nails is the solution, but that fabric did not come cheap and it’s beautiful and I’d like very much to reuse it, any suggestions? Thanks in advance, your daughter’s first birthday pics were inspirational to say the least, thank you for sharing!

  56. hi jamielyn,
    my daughter is turning 1 in october and im going to steal your birthday theme pretty in pink that is so cute! my question is how and where do i begin do you have any advice? this is my first baby first party planning ever! thanks


  57. I just found your blog because of your photography series, which I love. But then I saw this first birthday party. To die for!! Love it! My daughter will be 2 in December, so I may just have to use this for inspiration! Great job!!

  58. I am trying to make this birthday hat and i was wondering how did you attach the tulle around the edge and on the inside for the top? Thank you and your party is very inspiring!!

  59. I LOVE this party idea!!!!. It is so beautiful!!!! My daughter’s first birthday party is tomorrow and we are using a lot of your party ideas. Only suggestion I would make to others is to NEVER use OH! Nuts for their candy. The company misplaced my order and refused to ship it overnight so that it would be delivered on Saturday morning (the day of the party). So we will not be having pink candy at our party tomorrow :(

  60. I actually saw the picture of your daughter with the cake at the hospital where my son was in the NICU. But I noticed that all your credits are for vendors in AZ, I saw the picture in a hospital in TX.

  61. So glad I found this on Pinterest! Planning a pink theme for my baby’s first bday. Lots of awesome ideas. So creative and fun :)

  62. Hi, love this party! I was wondering where you sourced the hot pink envelopes for the invitations…I love the scalloped edge! Thank you!

  63. Adorable! I love the cookie with the little heart cut out. Might have to steal the idea for my little munchkins 1st birthday! Thanks for sharing this!

  64. Nathalia Washington Reply

    You are fabulous! i just found your site from pinterest! I am curious though, what have you done with all the decorations? I am helping a family friend plan her daughter’s first birthday party in April and what you have done here is exactly what I imagined!
    Thank you,
    Nathalia Washington

    • Thank you Nathalia! I recently moved to Ohio, so I have kept, sold, and repainted a lot of the decorations! I have a list at the bottom of the post for all the vendors…there are a lot of the printable things you can buy exactly like mine! :) Hope her party turns out well!

  65. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! How much did this cost in total? How many guests did you have?

    • Hi Michelle! We had about 30 guests and it was probably around $250 including the food. I had a few things already and borrowed a few things as well! :)

  66. Just stumbled upon this post and I couldnt help but stop and look! We are doing a tutu/ballerina 1st bday theme for my daughters upcoming bday…but the most hilarious part is her name is Emilyn…so close to Emmalyn! Too funny!

  67. I was so inspired and excited after seeing your daughters first bday photos..I got so many new ideas for my daughters first bday which was on Dec 27th 2014.The theme was pink n white.Starting from the tutu skirt(pink n white),pre bday photos(with a pink cake in front) ,flower making(pink n white) i did everything myself and guess what?I enjoyed planning and doing every bit of it.There were around 100 guests and everybody just loved it.

  68. Hi – I just happened upon this while planning my daughter’s 1st birthday and I ADORE what you’ve done. Can you tell me how you mad the ribbon banner hanging along the front of the table?!

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