butterfly birthday party

It's hard to believe but a few weeks from now my little daughter, Orla will be turning a year old. Oh how time flies. Her birthday party will probably be a small affair but that hasn't stopped me from making it a memorable event. Above her crib hangs a mobile made of butterflies and the other night while I was rocking her to sleep I thought it made a fitting theme for a first birthday. Below are a few of the things I'm considering. butterflyinviteThese butterfly invitations designed By John Derian are available at Paperless Post. You can change the greeting to whatever you like. They appeal to me because they aren't overly sweet or childish.

butterfly party

I'm thrilled that we finally get to celebrate a birthday outside (everyone else in the family has a birthday in December). While this is obviously set up for a wedding (and the hanging ornaments are paper cranes) I like the idea of hanging some butterfly mobiles from branches or string out in the garden.

butterfly party decorations

I thought these whimsical butterfly cutouts applied to the wall and paper lanterns were also very pretty. Tree branches, butterfly straws, and a fresh pitcher of pink lemonade are also things I could easily whip up. Find instructions here.

butterfly cake

For the cake, I could go two ways. Individual cupcakes with butterflies made out of pretzels (the salty sweet person in me is craving these) or I could make a cake (one layer only!) and decorate it with store bought butterflies.

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Finally, I thought these favors were very sweet and easy to make. I think all I need to do for most of these crafts is make a million little butterfly cutouts. Luckily they make a punch for this so it shouldn't be too hard.

For more ideas you can check out my Pinterest Board.

By the way, I'll be back here next Tuesday with a brand new House Tour with an amazing DIY wall treatment. (It's a long weekend here in Canada - have a good one!)

Image credits:
1 - Paperless Post
2 - Jose Villa
3 - Flying House, Martha Stewart
4 - Martha Stewart, Koyal Wholesale
5 - Jackie Wonders - Style Me Pretty