I think it’s true. I can’t believe that a year has passed since I first craddled a little baby in my arms. Yes, my daughter recently turned one and we held an owl themed backyard party to celebrate it.The owl idea came from a close friend of mine whose son was born just a day before my daughter. I thought it would be awesomely unique.Her son, in turn, was going to have an elephant theme.
I love seeing little girls dressed as princesses but I wanted something different for my daughter. Later on, another close friend who worked with me tirelessly through the preps suggested to add a tiara and make the theme an owl princess. An owl princess theme it is. The major colors were supposed to be pink and lime green but it eventually became a myriad of colors.
The ideas were just swirling around in my head for several days. Luckily, my dear friend and wedding planner, Mishi of etc handmade goodness was there to conceptualize the look and also help bring these party ideas to life. Her husband and son would visit once or twice a week and we’d spend time making the details. The process was quite arduous but I find myself fortunate to have people such as family, friends and in laws to help in making these DIO (do it ourselves) projects. They helped in making pompoms, cutting and babysitting my little one.They even supplied me with owl stickers materials and decorations! During the party itself, all hands were on deck to make the party a hoot!
A photo garland of my daughter’s milestones too.
Now let’s take a look at the stage. We had planned an elaborate backdrop consisting of gold circles, pompoms, banners and ropes. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and miscommunication, we weren’t able to execute our stage look well. Nevertheless, everything was a labor of love.
As the centerpiece for the dessert table, Mishi thought of having a cake with a crocheted owl topper.Remember, the amigurumi owl I made?She embellished her tiara with pretty little gems.Hoot hoot!
We also made use of free printables ( I must confess, I’m getting addicted to these). The birthday banner was made using printables from How to nest for less.
For the guest tables, we had three set ups. Each had owl and yarn features. The mini buntings can be made from a variety of printables you can find on Pinterest. We weren’t able to take great pictures of the table settings so here are the mock ups instead.
A children’s backyard party wouldn’t be complete without a piñata right? My husband made the coolest pull string pinata with a cardboard box! The kids were so eager to catch the candies!
I must say even if the plans weren’t executed perfectly, I enjoyed the process immensely. Yes, there were a few times I asked myself “why did I choose to do things by hand when it’ll only last for only a few hours?” There were also stressful times during the party planning and party itself. She’ll be turning one regardless of the celebration.She doesn’t even grasp the concept of a birthday party yet. But why make a big fuss? It’s because I love her, we love her, and we will always celebrate having her. We will always celebrate the day God transformed us from being husband and wife to parents.She is such a joy and blessing in our lives. We love her with OWL our hearts!
I think if you have the time make DIY projects and people to lend a hand, go for it! It’ll cost less and be more meaningful for you and family. You also have the option to let others help you with your party details! Visit etc handmade goodness on their social media sites:
So, what do you feel like having as a theme for your next family party?