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Pink and Gold 1st Birthday Coronation Party

It's Coronation Day!

As soon as I was done with the Paw Patrol Party, I went into full swing for Cora's 1st birthday party.  It was a no brainer for me to pick the theme as a play on her name and honor her first year with a coronation. I kept getting drawn to the colors of pink and gold that are popular and thought they were a perfect fit.

I was originally going to create something on photoshop, but I found a great deal on ivory shimmer cards and envelopes from so I decided to go that route. I picked up some great shimmer paper from Hobby Lobby that took laser ink pretty well and created the rest of the printed design on photoshop.  I'm finding it to be quiet a fun self-taught hobby of mine.  I used some glitter tape from Amazon for a finishing touch.  I kinda wish they turned out a little more polished, and a quick trip to Michael's a week earlier might have offered that to me with some of their cardmaking supplies, but alas these were the finished product and they were very cost effective considering they were all handmade and I sent out 20 of them.

Of course I have no pictures of most of the set up because it was a crazy busy morning leading up to the party and once the party starts, I usually forget about the camera.  I must get better at remembering to take pictures before. Sigh. You'll see a few things in the shot we did get.

I might be buying into the whole "party backdrop" thing that is going around, but I really like the look of it. I picked up some pieces that I could reuse for other parties, but that added a touch of femininity to my supplies already that mostly revolved around the boys or other holidays.  I got an adorable silverware holder from Hobby Lobby and Michael's helped out with the candle sticks, and finally Homegoods had exactly what I was wanting for a cake plate.  I picked up the garland from Target and Walmart. Target also had on clearance out these pink glitter paper plates which I just had to have. 

This #1 backdrop was very simple.  I found a piece of gold posterboard for .99 cents at Michaels (bonus: it's silver on the other side) and used my classroom projector to trace out the #1.  I then filled in the #1 with a collage of pictures I had printed off from her first year.  I mostly tried to capture her first meeting each family member. After the party, I trimmed it down to fit into two 12x12 scrapbook pages.

Her highchair banner was an easy make using gold cardstock and my Cricut along with a bunting I picked up from Target.  I added sparkly ribbon in between with glue dots and voila!

I have found my go-to baker.  She is a retired professional cake decorator and has won several competitions but is now in business for herself.  She offered me up 5 different designs and we picked this one.  I'm thrilled with how it turned out.  The flavors were chocolate with white chocolate mousse filling and vanilla with strawberry mousse filling.  Yum! 

The party was at 1pm, but I still wanted to serve food.  I did shredded BBQ pork two ways (Carolina and Kansas City style) in my double crockpot and served with slider buns.  It was so easy to do ahead of time and we had no left overs.  I did the standard veggies/dip and fruit along with a Caesar salad kit. 

I bought her dress from (China's ebay) and was pretty impressed with the quality and shipping.  It was about $30 I think and fit what I was going for.  If you're doing pink and gold there are some other really great options out there that started popping up closer to Easter after I had already purchased her dress.  I did manage to dress in a pink and gold striped top myself to coordinate with her.  I found it at TJMaxx and well, it just fit.

Happy Birthday to my baby girl!  It was a year that went buy way too fast.  She is just the sweetest thing out there and I am so blessed.

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