Amelie’s 1st Birthday Party

Ice cream, you scream.  We all scream for Amelie.

Planning my daughter’s 1st birthday party was a blast.  I googled the bageezas out of “1st birthday ideas or themes” and lit up when I came across the idea of an ice cream themed birthday party.  After all it was smack in the middle of summer and ice cream wasn’t bias to age or gender.

Here is a quick rundown of my decorations and supplies:

Ice cream you scream sign – whipped up a sign in a few minutes on Illustrator, then ordered a poster-board print out from Wallgreens.com and picked up in store next day.  Gob bless Wallgreens

Amelie’s birthday tutu – Ah, it is tutu cute! TrinityTutus on Etsy $25

Ice cream cone party hat – I actually made these. I couldn’t’ decide between a waffle cone or sugar cone, so well, I made both. You will need your cone, a headband and crepe paper.

  1. Cut the crepe paper into two rosettes. As an alternate you can also use flattened out paper cupcake liners.
  2. With a hot glue, attach the two rosetta together with the headband in-between them.
  3. Glue the ice cream cone upside down onto the top rosette. For more decoration you can glue sprinkles on the base of the cone.
  4. Original tutorial here

Ice cream balloons – made cone paper from sheets of textured scrapbook paper from Michaels. Rolled paper into cone shape and glued edges using craft glue. Punched holes at bottom of the cone with a hole puncher to thread balloon ribbon through and tie a knot in order to secure in place.

Ice cream smash cake – can you believe this beautiful cake was $12!! LivLee bakery in Thousand Oaks never disappoints

Photo booth backdrop – Flannel or felt can make an easy, inexpensive back drop for a Photo Booth. I wanted something softer and luckily found a light lavender ploy / satin blend at JoAnnes for $6.

  1. Sewed two large panels together and hemmed all edges to create a 12×8 backdrop.
  2. Along the top, sewed a rod pocket through which I strung parachute rope ($2 from craft store) that allows you to tied the curtain up or hang on a hook.

Decorations – All my decorations, candy, ice cream sundae magnet kits (as thank you gifts) and table ware came from OrientalTrading.com I was so pleasantly surprised with this site. All items arrived promptly, were just great quality and cost me a fraction of what I would spend at a party store.

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getting ready for the party

getting ready for the party

Simple decorations from OrientalExpress.com

Simple decorations from OrientalExpress.com

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glued embellished scrapbooking paper to the backside of the invitations and included Admission tickets for the photobooth

glued embellished scrapbooking paper to the backside of the invitations and included Admission tickets for the photobooth

created my own sign and had it printed and ready for pick up at my local Wallgreen's that afternoon

created my own sign and had it printed and ready for pick up at my local Wallgreen’s that afternoon

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made her invitations by hand

made her invitations by hand

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ice cream lollipops from Orientalexpress.com

ice cream lollipops from Orientalexpress.com

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Classic Lillykins

Classic Lillykins

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one of my favorite pictures ever.

one of my favorite pictures ever.

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At 100 degrees in June it was a perfect pool day

At 100 degrees in June it was a perfect pool day

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And I can’t forget to mention one of the best results of Amelie’s party, which were her photos.    Shots taken by not only a very talented photographer, but one of my oldest and dearest friends Jessica Riggle, owner of Sweet Pea Photography

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