First Birthday Decor- Ideas, Tips and DIYs

My little girls first birthday was dreamt of and conceptualized long before she was even born. Every time I attended a child’s birthday as a young girl, I visualized my child’s birthday. I never wanted it to be a fancy affair, I just wanted every little element of her party to be special, just like her.

When I shared a few pictures from her party on Instagram, I received several requests from fellow moms to share the details of our setup. So, here we go!

Firstly, I’d like to share a few tips that you can keep mind before deciding on the theme and colour palette for her party:

1. Pick a theme which is evergreen. Especially for their first birthdays because they have no liking or choice at that age. Sometimes, people choose cartoon characters or era-specific themes which may not live until the child grows up. If we choose cartoon characters of this generation, chances are he won’t feel connected to the photos when once he begins to understand things on growing up. I chose ‘twinkle twinkle little star’, because well, stars are sure to last until her adulthood πŸ˜… Or at least we can hope so! Considering the pollution these days and its impacts these days, you really can’t tell. πŸ™ˆ

2. Choose a white background with bright poppy or pastel colours which stand out. This will not just make the whole place lovely but also look great in the photos. We chose pastels and gold, because you can never go wrong with that combination πŸ’—

3. If planning at home, choose your window curtains as your backdrop. It takes much less effort in decorating and if planned well, saves space too.

Here are the all the details (even the minutest ones πŸ™ˆ) of our setup:

Backdrop:

1. I purchased white-gold jacquard curtains which were opaque enough to function as our backdrop. (It’s wiser this way because once the party is over, you won’t have to throw away your backdrop but can use the curtains for regular use too)

2. Since the length of our window was 5ft, I purchased 3 sets of broad ribbons in pastel and gold, each measuring 10ft and hung them at equal distances. For that, I simply cut them in the desired length and tied at knot at the bar that held the curtains. Easy peasy!

3. I also purchased 2 glitter star-strings that I purchased from a local party shop and used them in the similar way too. You can DIY these strings too- I realised that later πŸ™ˆ

4. Below our window, we have a few storage shelves. I purchased 6 helium balloons, in pink, blue and white from a local party shop and tied them on the knob of those shelves. Along with those balloons, I had 2 star shaped foil balloons (filled with helium too) which I’d purchased from AliExpress- I tied them on either sides along with the other balloons to complete the look.

5. We got custom-made bunting which read- “happy birthday (name)” in the same theme from The Joy Factory Shop (www.thejoyfactory.in) to embellish our beautiful backdrop.

Other walls:

I wanted little but special elements on each corner of my house and here’s what we did:

1. The wall on the left of the cake table had a frame which had her birth statistics and other details from that day.

2. The other wall on the left had a photo bunting with 12 photos- one from birth to 11 months each. We used a jute twine, 12 wooden clips, her snaps that we got made from The Snap Store (costed us just β‚Ή40 or so including delivery!) and a number 1 foil balloon which was also purchased from a local party shop. Setting this wall was simple and without a doubt, it was the star of the show. And oh yes, I also purchased pink felt paper and cut out numbers to attach under each photo to match our theme 🌟

3. The wall above our food table had posters with motivational quotes for my girl. This was an impromptu addition but it definitely worked well with the whole concept.

4. Last and the final wall- which was also the one on the right of the cake table was the ‘wall of wishes’. I purchased some gift wrapping papers and made a few envelopes out of it. I then stuck them all on a wall so that the attendees could write letters for my daughter- something she’ll grow up and read and cherish all her life!

Cake table:

1. We got a ‘ Twinkle twinkle little star’ themed cake with Dutch chocolate filling for her. To make it even more stunning, we got a cake topper in a brilliant golden colour from ‘The Joy Factory Shop’

2. We also got a few cupcakes and placed them on a personalised wooden tray. We embellished them with cupcake toppers and boy! They looked lovely!

3. We also had the return favours for the kids attending and a few props for photographs placed on the table, so that the access is easier.

4. We got a monogram of her initials from the same party shop and placed it on the side of the cake.

5. The Joy Factory Shop designed a beautiful chalkboard with all her current statistics and progress updates in the required theme. We got it framed and placed it on the table! What a stunner it was 😍

4. To decorate the table, I stuck PVC paper on the table top and attached a white satin cloth on its edges to let it flow. On it, I stuck a foil tassel bunting that I purchased from AliExpress in the colour pink, white and gold.

That’s it! I was so happy with how it all came together and how beautiful the photos turned out!

I hope you found this article helpful!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy parenting 😊

Love,

Elina

Sensory Snuggle Cloth- DIY

Babies love the crinkly noise of plastic and polythene bags- but letting them play with it can be a little risky. Here’s how you can help them enjoy the sound of it and also give them more scope of sensory development with fun-to-touch fabrics.

What will you need?

– 1 Onesie that doesn’t fit

– Labels, strips of textured clothes

– A small empty bag of diapers or any good polythene bag

– A pair of scissors

– Needle and thread

Method:

Step 1:

1. Take a clean onesie

2. Mark a square big enough you want the snuggle cloth to be

3. Cut along the markings


4. Take small strips of textured clothes- eg denim, labels, ribbons etc. You don’t need anything fancy. Anything that you have will work too. You can also remove brand labels from the same onesie and use that too.


5. Stitch these strips along the edges of one of the fabrics

6. Once done, place the plastic/polythene bag in between the two fabrics


7. Place the second fabric over it and stitch all the edges along with the other end of the strips

8. Voila! it’s ready to be snuggled πŸ™‚

Half Birthday Decor: DIYΒ 

I’ve always loved art and craft since the time I was a little girl myself. Now that I have a little girl of my own, I couldn’t resist preparing a backdrop /decor for her 6 months birthday aka half birthday πŸ™‚

Here’s what I did and how I did it:

Before you start:

1. Select the wall you want to decorate

2. Based on the dimensions and colour of the wall, choose your colour theme. I chose pink, white, black and a little of golden.

What I made?

β€’β€’ A chalkboard poster with  all her details

Here’s how-

– I used google images to find a chalkboard draft

– I then added all her details using the basic paint brush software and downloaded a couple of fonts online to make it look even more beautiful and realistic.

– After it was ready, I used www.vistaprint.com to get it printed!

Easy, right? 😁

β€’β€’ For the decor I made:

1. Buntings

2. Number 6

3. Ruffle flowers

4. Paper fans

5. Cake topper

And here’s how I made them:

1. Buntings: I took six A4 sized card papers and made 18 bunting-triangles out of it. I then used a thread to stick them at equal distance and voila, it was ready!

2. Ruffle flowers or pom pom flowers: I checked for YouTube videos on how to prepare these flowers and made accordingly. You can make 2 flowers out of 1 standard sized crepe paper (I’d highly recommend crepe paper over any other type).

Here’s the link of the tutorial: https://youtu.be/F2uVnIcAMm8

3. Number 6: I purchased a big white cardboard and cut it in the shape of ‘6’. I then cut pieces of kite paper in random shapes, crumbled them up and stuck. Took me barely half an hour to get it ready!

4. Paper fans: We all know how to make these. It’s easy and looks beautiful too. I’m still linking the tutorial in case you might want to watch: https://youtu.be/u4gj9Uoz_co

5. Cake topper: I used the same cardboard and cuts small piece in the shape of ‘1/2k’ (half). I used glitter glue to colour it and that’s it!

So, that’s how I put it all together. Let me know how you liked it and share in the comments below if you have any ideas too!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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DIY: Baby Socks

Don’t you agree, finding good fitting socks for new born babies is a task? And even if you do, they may not be as pocket friendly as you may want! So here’s a quick DIY for you!! This is for a newborn upto 3 months if your baby is lean. If you have an older or healthier child, you can take the measurement and make accordingly.

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What will you need?

– An old or unused sock of yours (Tip: Take solid colour or uniform print for older kids)

– A pair of scissors

– Thread and a needle

That’s all!! πŸ™‚

Method:

– Take a sock and cut as shown in the figure. For older kids, take the measurement and cut from any other part and not parallel

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IMG_5810– Bring the backside up and sew the edges.

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– Reverse and it’s done!! Easy, right?

DIY: Baby wipes solution

After switching to exclusive cloth diapering, my next motive was to go natural with the wipes too. I intended to use disposable wipes only when travelling and opt for cotton cloth with wipes solution at home.

Here’s how I prepared baby wipes solution. It’s super easy and lasts long!

All you need is:

1. Water

2. Organic coconut oil and

3. Baby soap liquid

Procedure: (to prepare around Β 120 ml)

1. Take 100 ml or 3/4th cup of boiled/filtered water. (I’m preparing 30ml, hence the pictures may appear to be deceptive)

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2. To it add 10ml of organic coconut oil

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3. And finally around 10 ml of baby soap liquid

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Mix well and fill it in a spray bottle. If you’re using an old one like me, make sure to sterilise it well.

 

Although you can spritz it directly on the bum, but I prefer spraying it on the cotton cloth and then lightly cleaning the bum to avoid redness or rashes.

Isnt this so easy? And yeah, coconut oil is the best remedy for diaper rashes, so this method of cleaning will help you prevent and cure that too! πŸ™‚

 

 

DIY: Easy Peasy Ring Sling

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Babywearing was one of the wisest decisions I made- I can’t even start to speak of how it has made my life easier! And once you are babywearing, you’ll start realising that one design isn’t enough and you’ll crave for more *guilty pleasure*!! (facepalm) .

And let me be honest- Ergonomic baby wearing is not very pocket friendly. So, to stay in my budget and yet have a variety in my closet- I DIY-ed this super easy Ring Sling inspired from Souls Ikat Eclipse design.

Follow these simple steps below to make one for yourself:

What will you need?

-Tested babywearing rings: 2 (You’ll find them online on www.babywearingstuff.com and slingrings.com)

– Pure cotton cloth: 2.25m (You an use your saree or any dupatta if it matches the requirements)

– Pair of scissors and sewing instruments like machine, needles and thread or access to a tailor πŸ˜‰

Method:

1. Take 100% pure cotton sturdy cloth measuring 2.25m in length and 1m in breadth.

 

 

2. Take one end and mark the centre point on the breadth size. Fold like shown in the picture.

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3. Fold again like shown hereunder

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4. Insert the rings and fold

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5. Measure 6 inches from where the rings are placed and mark.

6. Take atleast 5 stitches (yourself or you can ask the tailor to do so) and make sure they’re strong enough to hold the baby. I took several stitches just to be safe!

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7. Ta-da! Your ring sling is ready!! Happy babywearing to you πŸ™‚

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