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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Invitation to Salvation
Hey there! You probably weren't expecting this at the end of a post like this, but I have really good news to share! God desires so much more for us than we know. God desires for us to be restored back to His original design for mankind. I’m sure you’ve heard the story before about Adam & Eve and the fall of humanity (see more here.)
God designed us to display His glory. Unfortunately, we chose to follow our own idea of evil and good, and sin was introduced to the world. For a better understanding and in-depth analysis of why we need salvation please visit these resources!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 15:3
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The gospel is God’s good news of reconciliation of Him & mankind. God is not looking for robots to aimlessly follow a leader who will smite them for doing the wrong thing. The truth of the gospel is that God loves us and invites us to dwell with Him in eternity. That is life. God’s overall plan is so much more than we could ever understand, but the beauty is that we don’t have to fully comprehend to believe in Him. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). As a result of human nature, we are all destined to die. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So instead of us having to die eternally and suffer the full sentence of death that came about as a result of sin, God took on that punishment for us. Through Jesus Christ, He justified us through His own blood and made life available to all who would choose to believe.
The gospel is so much more than a story about an angry God who wants to control your life and just send you to hell if you don’t do what He wants. I implore you to study the scriptures and God’s creation and redemption story. He will give you the answers you seek. The gospel is God’s plan to restore us into relationship with Him. Sin keeps us from God.
If you believe, or you feel that God is trying to get you to invite Him into your life, the first step is accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Believe that He died for the atonement of your sins (1 John 2:2), that He was buried, and resurrected on the third day, defeating sin and death (Revelation 1:18), and that He invites us to partake in this victory too (Romans 6:5-10.)
So What Must I Do To Be Saved?
It is by grace, through faith! (Ephesians 2:8-9).