the big one


It’s so fun to share some sweet photos from my first party to host this year!  The honoree is a little chubby and completely perfect.  My son, Gus, turned 1 in January!

So, here are a few family photos of my simple and affordable decorating ideas for the big day!

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So I’m kind of a closet florist..graphic designer…and event planner…

Although, I don’t really know what I’m doing with the flowers or foam, software or ribbon,  I make up for my less- than-amazing talent with exceptional enthusiasm. And amazingly, I do actually have a couple, very trusting friends that have let me do their floral arrangements and table top decor for their parties, (Thank you, Christy!)

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So, when I attend a party or baby shower, I just love to see how my friends have decorated for the event. It’s so much fun to see how the hosts or hostesses have chosen to honor the honoree!

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Even for my beautiful baby showers that my friends hosted for me, it was so much fun to see how they interpreted me and my tastes.

But for this low key event that I want to share with you.  You’ll see that we celebrated in a simple, fun fashion.  It was all about family and simple decorations.  And as I warned my friend Ashley before the event, “Beware! Our house is covered in plastic!”

In fact, all decorations were from The Oriental Trading Company website or our local dollar store.

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photo timeline of Gus’s 1st year

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And speaking of family, the grandparents had photo ops!

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Grandpa and Janny
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Nana and Gramps

And so did our sweet (extra) family member, Jessica, our nanny.
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The cupcake wasn’t a hit with the very sleepy birthday boy.Gus' bday 94 Gus' bday 97

But my goal was to have a fun theme that was simple, inexpensive, and just right for our very loved 1 year old.  And I think we achieved that.  It was an easy evening, and I was grateful to reflect on the miracle of his 1st year!

So, what’s your best advice for event decorating on a budget?! I’d love some new ideas!

xo, jc