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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  1. Jaimie posted on January 23, 2012 at 4:20 am (#

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

  2. Amy posted on January 23, 2012 at 5:10 am (#

    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. Amy posted on January 23, 2012 at 5:50 am (#

    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. Samantha posted on January 23, 2012 at 8:26 am (#

    How gorgeous! Excellent job! It turned out beautifully!

  5. Jenny @ Simcoe Street posted on January 23, 2012 at 6:37 am (#

    Holy amazing! Love it all!!!!

  6. Suzanne posted on January 23, 2012 at 7:08 am (#

    So beautiful — that is one lucky little princess!

  7. Jean posted on January 23, 2012 at 7:12 am (#

    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. Fancy Nancy posted on January 23, 2012 at 7:39 am (#

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

  9. Shannon posted on January 23, 2012 at 7:42 am (#

    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. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims posted on January 23, 2012 at 7:53 am (#

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

  11. Tanya Phillips posted on January 23, 2012 at 8:24 am (#

    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. Britney Gulbrandsen posted on January 23, 2012 at 10:20 am (#

    this party is AMAZING! beautiful :)

  13. Andrea posted on January 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm (#

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

  14. becky k posted on January 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm (#

    Absolutely beautiful!!! LOVE all the pink!

  15. Melinda T posted on January 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm (#

    So beautiful and love all that pink!

  16. Melissa posted on January 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm (#

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

  17. Ashley posted on January 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm (#

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

  18. Marishell posted on January 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm (#

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

  19. Stephanie posted on January 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm (#

    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. Carrie posted on January 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm (#

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

  21. kara posted on January 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm (#

    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. karissa posted on January 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm (#

    Wow! Beautifully done!! You are amazing!

  23. Kristy Call {DavesWife} posted on January 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm (#

    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. Kristen K posted on January 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm (#

    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. Jennifer L posted on January 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm (#

    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. Jenn posted on January 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm (#

    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. Annette Deardurff posted on January 24, 2012 at 12:22 am (#

    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. jamie posted on January 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm (#


  29. Mauri posted on January 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm (#

    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!!

  30. Chriss posted on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm (#

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

  31. Katie posted on January 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm (#

    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.

  32. Pattie posted on January 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm (#

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

  33. posted on January 26, 2012 at 10:22 am (#

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

  34. Camille posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm (#

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

  35. cindy the cottage chick posted on January 27, 2012 at 6:46 am (#

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

  36. krista @ mk inspired posted on January 27, 2012 at 7:03 am (#

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

  37. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe posted on January 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm (#

    Cutest ever!

  38. Kendall posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm (#

    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!

  39. Bridget posted on January 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm (#

    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!!!

  40. Cathy D posted on January 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm (#

    This is just dripping with sweetness!

  41. Deborah posted on February 16, 2012 at 8:36 am (#

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

  42. kristen duke photography posted on February 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm (#

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

  43. Jenny posted on February 22, 2012 at 10:57 am (#

    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.

  44. Lia Lessi posted on March 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm (#

    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?

  45. Sarah posted on March 27, 2012 at 8:27 am (#

    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.

    • Jamielyn posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:13 am (#

      Ah thank you! It’s so fun to do the girly stuff for their first Birthdays. :) xoxo

  46. Jessica posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm (#

    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

  47. Caroline @Creative Party Themes posted on April 24, 2012 at 9:47 am (#

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

  48. Beth Lucarelli posted on April 30, 2012 at 10:35 am (#

    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

  49. Jackie posted on June 4, 2012 at 10:15 pm (#

    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!

    • Jenn Studebaker posted on July 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm (#

      My daughter too! I had no idea there were other Emmalyns!

  50. Cindy posted on July 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm (#

    What a fabulous job! Love everything about it!

  51. Lorena Higuera posted on July 7, 2012 at 1:40 am (#

    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!


  52. Jenn Studebaker posted on July 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on July 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm (#

      Ah so fun! I love the name Emmalyn! I don’t hear of it very often. So cute!

  53. Kelsie posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm (#

    i love everything about this!

  54. Rachel posted on August 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm (#

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

  55. Daniela posted on August 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on August 18, 2012 at 1:10 am (#

      Hi Daniela! I got the white plates from Smart and Final and the cake stands from Pier One and Home Goods. Have a great weekend!

      • Lisbeth posted on September 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm (#

        Love the party!! Where did you buy the party hat?

      • Jamielyn posted on September 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm (#

        Thanks Lisbeth! I actually made it. I traced an older party hat onto pink paper and then hot glued embellishments on.

  56. Gisele posted on August 21, 2012 at 7:00 am (#

    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!

  57. sabrina posted on August 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm (#

    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


  58. Laura @ The Turquoise Home posted on August 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm (#

    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!!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm (#

      Thanks so much! We had a lot of fun putting that together! Good luck! XO

  59. Stephanie posted on September 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm (#

    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!!

  60. Alisha posted on September 28, 2012 at 11:32 am (#

    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 :(

  61. Rachel posted on September 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm (#

    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.

  62. Sandy posted on January 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm (#

    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 :)

  63. marissa posted on February 25, 2013 at 7:38 am (#


  64. Vicki posted on March 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm (#

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

  65. Kori posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm (#

      Thanks for stopping by Kori! It was such a fun first birthday party since my little girl is all about pink! ;)

  66. Nathalia Washington posted on February 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm (#

    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

    • Jamielyn posted on March 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm (#

      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!

  67. Michelle G posted on March 1, 2014 at 4:05 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm (#

      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! :)

  68. Alysia posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:17 pm (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on May 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm (#

      That is too funny! Such a beautiful name, I love your spelling! Hope her 1st birthday party goes well! :)

  69. Riya Mary Paul posted on December 30, 2014 at 12:31 am (#

    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.

    • Jamielyn posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:22 pm (#

      I am so glad your birthday party turned out so well! Thanks for your comment!! :)

  70. Cassie posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:57 pm (#

    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?!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm (#

      Hi Cassie! I just hot glued the ribbon strips to a long piece of ribbon. :)