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Birthday Party Planning – Inspiration Board

I have been working on Charlotte’s first birthday party literally since January. I love planning and organizing, especially fun events like this. Planning my wedding was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. So with that, please know that I’m aware that I’m kind of crazy but I had SO MUCH FUN planning this party. I know that Charlotte will never remember it but I will and hopefully one day she’ll look back on the pictures and video and see a tangible reminder of how special she is and how much we love her.

Since I planned this for so long I was so excited about how it came together and I want to show you how I planned it from start to finish as well as showcase some of my favorite vendors that I was able to use. I love how everything turned out and was so happy with the finished product. Hopefully you can use some of my ideas and products too!

It all started with the theme: pink elephants. You know that we’re Alabama fans so my love of elephants obviously originated from that but this really wasn’t because we’re Alabama fans. I thought elephants were cute and pink elephants even cuter and they seemed like cute, little girl animals that could work well into a pink and green theme. Once I had my theme I took a page from The Birthday Girl’s book and came up with an inspiration board. Here’s what mine looked like:

Here are the links for where the items on the inspiration board came from (left to right, top to bottom).
1 – Tutu-ed cupcake stand – Birthday Girl 
2 – Happy Birthday banner and canvas – Kelly’s Korner Blog, Laineybug Creations
3 – Flower letter – Hostess With The Mostess
4 – Elephant thank you’s – Polka Dot Design
5 – Custom sugar cookies – Kelly’s Korner Blog 
6 – Personalized Water Bottles – Birthday Girl
7 – Monogrammed shirt, bib, and hat – Bloomin Babies Boutique
8 – Party Favors – Kelly’s Korner Blog 
9 – Elephant Whistles – Bake It Pretty
10 – 1st Birthday Plate – Paper Doll Designs
11 – Birthday Banner – Bloomin Babies Boutique
12 – Pink Polka Dot Cups – The Celebration Shoppe
13 – Paper Flowers and Monthly Pictures – Kelly’s Korner Blog 
14 – Birthday girl outfit – Livistitches
15 – Elephant Invitations – Polka Dot Design
16 – Birthday banner – Wiggles and Giggles
17 – Party Favors – Style Me Pretty
Once I had my inspiration board it was easy to start planning.  I just had to start executing what I had found that I liked and build around that.  I didn’t end up using everything that I found but I found that putting together an inspiration board helped me get a feel for the kind of party that I wanted to have.  Turns out I wanted something girly, fun, and pink!

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