As you may remember Noah’s nursery is decorated with owls. It turns out he is quite a night owl and has always been a very light sleeper. I thought it was only fitting to have an owl themed first birthday party. After a quick search on Pinterest I had a board full of ideas, as well as a few ideas of my own. Check out pictures from the actual party.
Decorations for a First Birthday Owl Party
I first focused on creating a tree photo collage using his monthly photos. The party colors were lime green and navy blue, so I used these colors in the tree. The tree was hung in the entry way along with paper lantern owls. The tree was inspired from this Dwell Studio Rug. I used scrapbook paper for the letters and owls, felt for the leaves and large owl, and brown wrapping paper (from Target) for the trunk. I hung it all up using double-sided tape. The entry way table came together very easily. After finding this keepsake “Wishes for Baby” idea I contacted Melissa for her photoshop skills. I brainstormed what I wanted on the “wishes” and she came up with this adorable little design. I couldn’t be happier with how the design turned out.In order to fancy the paper up, I put together a simple sign that said “Leave some Wisdom, Take an Owl” and framed it.These are the adorable little owls that the guests took home as a “thank you” gift.I made sure everyone filled out a “wishes” sheets by putting my mother-in-law in charge of handing them out. I’m happy to say almost everyone that attended filled one out. I love some of the words and wishes they left. I was crying and laughing while reading them the day after the party.
When I came across these cute little owl felt balls, I had to make them. They took a few hours but were worth the time. They now are sitting in Noah’s room now.Finally, my favorite part of the table, a framed picture of Noah at 11 months. The final table looked like this… The last decoration in the entry way were the owl paper lantern’s. These were simple but made a big statement with our cathedral ceiling entry way. I kept the dining room decorations simple with more lantern owls…
tissue paper balls… and a birthday banner
The dining room table was decorated with subway art, the party invitation and a stuffed owl. I also strung monthly photos onto the banisters.
The day before the party I spent many hours baking lots of deliciousness.
Food for a First Birthday Owl Party
Applesauce Spice Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting for Noah’s smash cake- The fondant owl, letters and leaves were ordered from CrumbyArt through Etsy. The owl is just adorable! Cookie’s in Cream Oreo Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Frosting– These were so yummy, because the cupcake batter has chopped Oreo’s in it! Vanilla Hoot Owls with Vanilla Buttercream frostingStrawberry Shortcake Dessert which I adapted from this recipeCheese and cracker platterWatermelonCheesy Ranch Chex Mix
My absolute favorite decoration were the felt owls I created (for the owl egg hunt baskets) using the owl handprint template. I found the felt baskets in the dollar bins at Target. the owl egg hunt included large glitter eggs filled with hot wheels for the boys and hair bows for the girls. The small eggs included jelly beans, chocolate and owl stickers. Easy party favors!