Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Enjoying my favorite "small thing" Happy 1st Birthday Charlotte!

This weekend was my daughter Charlotte's 1st birthday party! Bittersweet how fast the first year goes by. Since I have a passion for party planning and Charlotte is one of my very favorite "small" things I thought this was a good place to start.
I am obsessed with the little details that I truly feel make the party. 

We held the party at a local carousel and did a modified rainbow color scheme. I wanted it BRIGHT and HAPPY! Just like our birthday girl.

The invitation  is so important to me. It really sets the tone for the party.

The beautiful and historic Nunley's Carousel in Garden City

The beautiful birthday girl!

The little touches that go a long way!
How adorable is this rainbow table skirt? It brightened up the whole room!

The lollipop ball that I made myself. I filled the vase (From TJ Maxx) with colorful gumballs

Whirly Pops & Gum Balls in a basket. The kids loved it.
Lollipops and Gumballs are from Dylan's candy bar.

I got the idea for this off of pinterest. Colored cutlery wrapped in matching napkins

The table set up:

The party hats matched perfectly and were a score at $1.99 per package from Target.
Who doesn't love that store?!

The snack tower. Everything was home made. Top layer is vanilla wafers with different colored vanilla icing, the second tier is chocolate covered pretzels covered in M&Ms (YUM!), and the bottom tier is my husband's famous rainbow cookies. These are always the first to go. Of course he made them custom colors to go with the party instead of the traditional red,white, and green. 

"C" is for Charlotte's Carousel Cupcakes 
Close up detail of the carousel horse cupcakes.
 These were made out of white chocolate and 100% edible!

The cupcakes were rainbow cake with different color frosting.
Do you love the blinged out #1 candle?

Party favors for the adults. It was worth getting up at 5:30 am for freshly made Dunkin Donuts.
 I love the way they turned out.

Personalized Diaper cover with her nickname " Charlie " on it. Ordered off of Etsy from an amazing vendor. Feel free to contact me for her information!

Every princess needs a sparkly pair of new shoes

Personalized coloring books that I put together myself.
I found these little drawstring carousel bags that were the perfect size for crayons. I couldn't pass them up.

The centerpieces . Spinning carousel picture frames. I used my favorite pictures of her from throughout the year. From her newborn photo shoot through her 1 year photo.

Close up of the favor tags that I used for both the adult and kids favors.

 The kids favors. I admit I tend go a little over board with my party favors. I can't help it. I just love giving really nice favors. Since it was the weekend before Memorial day, I thought it was the perfect time of year to give out embroidered beach bags! But of course I didn't stop there...

Inside each bag was a matching beach towel, beach ball, and a mini bottle of sunscreen.

Thank you so much for sharing this very special birthday with me!
Contact me with any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you.


  1. Congrats on your first post!!! :) Love it!!!

    The party was awesome and all the "small" details were perfect as always. We had a great time at the party. You did an amazing job as always!!! :)


  2. Where did you get the invitations? My daughter's first birthday is in 4 months and I need something like that...

  3. Hi I luv this theme ! You did a great job, where did you get the invitations and tags from ohhh yea and the table cover as well as the centerpiece ?! :)

  4. It was a beautiful party and wonderful idea. Please tell me where you got the invitations, I would really like something like that for a baby shower I'm doing?

  5. Did you make the carousel cupcake toppers or is there a vendor I can contact. And I too want to know where you got the table skirt. I am doing something for my granddaugher and these would work great. Thanks Susan

  6. Love the invitations!!! Did you get them from esty?? thanks

  7. Hi! The invitations are so awesome. Did you make these?

  8. beautiful job!!! would really love to know more about those gorg invitations...pretty please do share :)))

    1. https://www.etsy.com/listing/106986988/5x7-ornate-carouselcarnival-birthday

  9. Beautiful... where do you find the clips for the coloring book?

  10. Amazing. Where did you get the invitations and the centerpieces?

    1. https://www.etsy.com/listing/106986988/5x7-ornate-carouselcarnival-birthday
      here's something similar

  11. Love love love this!! Where did you find the white chocolate carousel horses for the cupcakes?

    This is a stunning job!!! I wish I could come hire you to plan mine!!! Love!

  12. Hello... I see you have a blog called "Ratemyparty" that you don't use. I would really love that domain name, if you can transfer it to my profile it would be great. I will surely use it. Can I please have it?? :) pls answer anyway. Thanks.

  13. Hi, I love the party! My daughter is having her second birthday party there this August. Can you tell me where you got the donut favor boxes? Looking forward to hearing from you.

  14. Hi! Can you please share where you got the picture frame centerpieces?? Thank you!!

  15. Hi can you share where you got the picture frames