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Butterfly Theme Party : 1st Birthday

I am currently in the midst of planning my daughter’s 2nd birthday party, and I realized that her first birthday party feature is WELL overdue!  I wanted to hold something bright and colourful but also something that displayed her personality.  I settled on a butterfly theme party with the colour scheme of bright pink and yellow.

We had visited a butterfly farm a few months prior to her birthday and she had been absolutely enthralled by them… I am always saying she is my social butterfly, so it seemed to fit pretty well.

I am really excited to share this with you today.

Butterfly Theme Party

Butterfly Invitation:

The invitation always sets the scene for the party and I loved this party invitation for the garden feel and the added personalization.  I didn’t want anything that was “full on” butterfly, so this worked perfectly.

Butterfly invitation

Butterfly Theme Party Decoration:

Butterflies were included absolutely everywhere in the party decoration.  I purchased most of the decorations from Pink Frosting. I absolutely love their range of decorations for all events, and I purchased beautiful butterflies, lanterns and napkins that worked a treat.  The butterflies are designed as cake toppers, but I decided to place them on the lanterns and scattered around the food table. They looked so realistic, they were absolutely stunning.  I also purchased extra butterflies from $2 stores and placed them on chairs, the pergola….literally anywhere that needed some butterfly sparkle!

Whilst there were still bright helium balloons to add splash of colour, the lanterns were great for adding another dimension and pretty flare.

The party table was situated next to an otherwise dull looking wall.  A simple piece of sparkly light yellow material was hung infront of the wall and was covered in butterflies.  This distracted the eyes away from the ugly looking bricks and worked perfectly for filling in the space.

My favourite decoration was the butterfly canvas which was made out of her two foot prints.  This is something really special to have as a keepsake and it looked so incredibly cute.

I had a special bib designed with a butterfly and a number 1, so she could still be in the party spirit when eating her cake.  It always seems such a shame to cover the gorgeous party dress with a bib, so this was the perfect solution.

Butterfly Theme Party

Butterfly Foot Prints Butterfly Theme Party Butterfly Theme Party Paper Lanterns Butterfly Theme Party Paper Lanterns Butterfly Theme Bib

Party Food:

The party food was kept simple with mainly home cooked treats consisting of mini quiches, sausage rolls, chocolate crackles, fairy bread, cupcakes, cookies and chocolate covered strawberries.

I was incredibly excited with my cupcakes as they were my first attempt with fondant decoration and the butterflies on top looked so pretty.

The stand out feature was however the number one cake with a gorgeous fondant butterfly perched on the top.  He was a cheeky butterfly….;just like the birthday girl!Butterfly Cake Butterfly Cake

Butterfly Cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes Chocolate CracklesButterfly Cookies Butterfly Fairy Bread

Chocolate Strawberries

Kids Party Food

Butterfly Theme Party Favors:

As this was for a first birthday I wanted to keep the party favors very simple.  I decided to bake chocolate butterfly cookies and wrapped them in clear favor bags with some gorgeous butterfly and pink ribbon.  They were an absolute hit, looked great on display, were easy to organise and tasted delicious!Butterfly Cookies Butterfly Party Favors

Of course this post would not be complete without showing a photo of the birthday girl herself.

So here is my social butterfly after tucking into a huge piece of her birthday cake!  The cheeky look on her face just goes to show that she had an absolute ball!! 16aVendors and Credits:

Cake: The Cake Studio

Cookies: Karen’s Cookie Jar

Party Decoration: Pink Frosting

Invitation: Paper Divas

Bib: Miss Fancy Pants

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8 Responses to Butterfly Theme Party : 1st Birthday

  1. Margaret - Barossa Valley September 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    What a fantastic party for a 1st birthday. Everywhere is so colourful and the food looks delicious but so simple to make. Your daughter is soo lucky to have such a creative Mum. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • Catherine Holt September 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Thanks very much Margaret, it was a really beautiful day. I hope that these simple ideas can be tailored into your parties too 🙂

  2. Jacqui Odell September 9, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    This is so cute! My daughter’s room is done in butterflies. I think our next project will be the foot print butterflies! So neat! Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week.

    • Catherine Holt September 9, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      Thanks Jacqui. Butterflies certainly makes a cute theme for a little girl. Oh you should definitely do the foot print butterfly….it is adorable and such a lovely memory to have of their tiny feet 🙂

  3. Cheryl September 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Everything turned out so beautifully! I love that craft idea with the feet. So sweet!

    • Catherine Holt September 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks so much Cheryl. I love those feet too. I keep looking at them and can’t believe how much she has grown in just one year!

  4. Marie Capasso-Spruck March 26, 2014 at 1:41 am #

    I absolutely love all that you did – i’m currently planning my little girl’s first birthday which is also going to be butterfly themed as well, what exactly is chocolate crackles & fairy bread, – how do you make it ?

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