Simple and Sweet First Birthday Garden Party

a first garden birthday party diy

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You guys, I had the hardest time coming up with a plan for Hadley’s first birthday. The funny thing is that when I finally chose it, I realized the theme had been there all along. For goodness sake, her middle name is ROSE! The theme for a first birthday as a garden party clearly fit, especially for a June baby girl. I found these adorable Fancy Free Finery items and ran with it! As always, what I share with you is budget friendly with a little DIY:
Simple and Sweet First Birthday Garden Party.

Simple and Sweet First Birthday Garden Party

Honestly, we could not have asked for better weather. The sun shone from 5-7 pm in the most glorious way. The tables and chairs were set up under the shade of one of our dozens of trees in the backyard and the kids played freely on the swing set. But at 7 pm, as if on cue, the clouds rolled in, we grabbed everything and the birthday baby and raced inside just as it began to downpour. Good thing our party was only supposed to be 2 hours long!

12 months birthday party pallet

Simple Party Details

The fact that our lot sits next to woods and our neighbors haven’t cut down the huge Magnolia tree that cascades into our yard helped a lot as far as decor goes. Jake and a friend heaved our homemade wooden farm table outside and that is where we set up all the food, drinks and dessert. Our tables were lines with teal table clothes that took the edge off my pink decor (I love pink to a point).

first birthday party and farm table

As much as burgers and dogs are in this time of year, we had already eaten our share and wanted something a little more “elegant” for a garden party but hearty enough to feed grown men.

Sweet Menu

homemade pizzas
chicken shishkabobs
potato salad
chipsshishkabobs garden party

Drinks & Desserts
flower sugar cookies
unsweetened mint green iced tea
homemade lemonade (I think this may have been the one! It was the talk of the party!

flower first birthday party

homemade lemonade recipe

floral straws first birthday party

Buy Floral Straws

(the original ones I bought haven’t been in in a long time but this link looks exactly the same!)

First Garden Birthday  Smash Cake

The smash cake didn’t get as smashed as I expected but it sure was a cute sight! Hadley looked so adorable in her headband and the cake looked how I imagined complete with the matching cake banner both from Fancy Free Finery! We did a separate smash cake a week later so that I could get some more special shots (those are the bottom photos!).

garden birthday party

Buy Floral Headband and Cake Topper

First Garden Birthday Party

Flower Headband:Fancy Free Finery
Cake Banner:Fancy Free Finery
Wisteria Garland: Amazon
Floral Straws: Amazon
Table cloths/plates/napkins: Dollar Tree
Centerpieces (free printables!): The Happy Housie
Cake stand: Hearth & Hand at Target
12 Month Birthday Pallet: DIY by Jake and myself
Cookie cutters: Amazon
Floral “H”: DIY from Michael’s and Dollar Tree

The final outcome made me so happy! Having a simple and sweet first birthday garden party was a blast and just worked for me as a party thrower and for my baby with her middle name. <3

(By the way, we did a Woodland ONEderland theme for Emmett if you want to check that out!)

first birthday girl theme garden party

waves and lilacs

11 Comments on “Simple and Sweet First Birthday Garden Party”

  1. I came across this just in time! Love all of these ideas and totally copying you! How many guests did you have? She’s so beautiful, btw!

    1. Do you mean the white pallet? It was literally just a pallet we found somewhere and we spray painted it! 🙂 Nothing too fancy!


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