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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A bee themed first birthday

I can't believe our precious baby boy is ONE! What an adventure this past year has been! We celebrated by throwing a first "bee-day" party and the theme didn't disappoint! Jonathan and I didn't want the day to feel rushed,  so we chose to have an intimate gathering at our home with our siblings and parents. I don't think any of us have seen Harrison play so hard! His cousins are truly the best! 

When I was dreaming up Harrison's party I knew I wanted to steer clear of the traditional black and bright yellow color palette associated with this theme. Instead I opted for muted yellows, greens, and buffalo check fabrics. Together they created a whimsical and soft feel fit for our prince! 
First things first... invitations! I actually had a hard time finding something I was really in love with! I finally found these from Pretty Plain Paper and was so happy with them! 
We used a wooden highchair my mother in law had to keep everything organic. The backdrop for the cake smash was a 15 foot balloon garland! I used two shades of yellow, white, green, and gold! Though it looks intimidating, my husband and I were able to tackle it one evening after Harrison was in bed. The green accents on his highchair skirt and hat tied everything together!
We enjoyed bar-bee-que sliders, baked beans, pasta salad, and bee hive shaped PB&J's prior to diving into my personal favorite, the dessert table! A green buffalo check tablecloth with scalloped edges was the base of the goodness! You all know how I feel about family heirlooms, so I incorporated a live plant that was my grandmothers in lieu of fresh flowers. My step-dad built our honeycomb shelf that housed the cupcakes which made it so much more meaningful than purchasing one. We topped it off by adding a doughnut "wall" and it was ready! To quench their thirst after all the sweets, the kids enjoyed lemonade out of honey bear bottles with various patterned straws. 
To keep all the little bees busy, they painted cookies and planted violas! The planting station gave them some time outdoors to get out some energy! ;)

The adult guests left with a honey bun (who doesn't love a honey bun?!) packaged in a cellophane bag. I printed off thank you tags and attached them with grosgrain ribbon. For the kids I attached a pinwheel to a book using jute and it made for an adorable party favor that can be enjoyed for some time after as well!
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I hope you enjoyed hearing all about Harrison's first bee-day! I'm delighted that you stopped by! If you're curious about tutorials for anything you've seen, don't hesitate to reach out!