An Alice in Wonderland themed first birthday party!
Our baby girl turned one last week and I am not okay!! Seriously, where did the time go?
I’m so grateful that God gave us so many moments in just one year. I cannot wait to experience our lifetime full of more adventures.
The party was hosted at a clubhouse at a friend’s apartment building. We had about 35 guests, which included 5 children. We scheduled the party around Melody’s naptime so that she wouldn’t be too fussy to enjoy herself. She ended up not napping much that day (lol) so she napped right before the party and was fine for the most part. Except for a few fussy moments.
We wanted to make sure that Melody and the other kids/ attendees actually enjoyed themselves, so we had a bunch of games! We hosted a huge uno tournament, a ball pit for the kids, and balloons galore.
I am a Pinterest (Weheartit, Instagram, Google,etc) FANATIC. I love getting ideas for event decor from the internet. So I actually planned this party while I was pregnant. Long before Mel even arrived lol.
I just knew that I didn’t want to do a “Winter Onederland” birthday party because we had a similar theme for our baby shower. I started googling other “onederland” parties and stumbled across the Alice in Onederland first birthday theme. I thought it was super cute and became obsessed with looking at backdrops on Pinterest, Instagram, and even Amazon!! I was a crazy woman, but it seemed to have paid off. The decorations ended up being adorable and affordable.
The main effort was put into the dessert table. We did a pastel Alice in Onederland theme. Our key colors were pastel pink and pastel blue with yellow and purple accents. It sounded all over the place at first but it tied together so well! The grass backdrop from Amazon gave us the garden feel that we wanted, although it was a very cold February day.
We ordered a customized “Melody in Onederland” banner for about $15 on Amazon, but also saw some cute ones on Etsy! We went with Amazon for quicker delivery. We ordered 100 pastel balloons for the garland and for the kids to play with, and the other balloons were from Party City and Dollar Tree.
My mom found these super cute Alice in Wonderland tablecloths from Michael’s and it pulled the theme tog perfectly! Without those tablecloths, plates, and napkins I truly don’t think the theme would’ve been clear.
I also recruited (okay, I kinda begged) my friend to make these guardsmen cut outs I’d seen on Pinterest. They came out so cute!
We did basic black event food! Is it even a black person’s birthday party if there aren’t any meatballs? Mac n cheese? Green beans? Rolls? I didn’t think so! It was so good. A few friends & I don’t eat meat so we offered vegetarian meatballs in addition to the meat options.
For snacks, we did cupcakes with “eat me” toppers to remain on theme. We also got Melody a pink and blue smash cake, while the guests had a different cake of the same colors.
This was the invitation we sent out! All in all, everything came together really well. So happy that my baby girl enjoyed it.
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