Lyla’s Pink Lemonade Stand Party

Before Lyla was even born, I began planning her first birthday party. I know, I’m crazy! But, I love party planning and have a serious Pinterest addiction. So, naturally when I had pregnancy insomnia during my third trimester, I started planning her party. I will let the pictures do most of the talking, but we had SO much fun celebrating our sweet girl at her “Lyla’s Pink Lemonade Stand Party”!

MINUTEMAN lyla_invite

The first introduction to every party is the invitation. I always love photo invitations and when I saw this design on Etsy from Abby Reese Design, I knew it was the one. This company was excellent to work with and she even included free favor tags. She has some absolutely adorable custom party printables in her shop.


The cake table is always one of my favorite parts of any party, because well… I love cake! My dad custom made her mini lemonade stand and my friend, Kelly of Marketplace Gray, added the vinyl lettering. Her cake was chocolate and strawberry with buttercream icing and made by Anita Bertram. Everyone raved about the cake! Her cakes are always equal parts adorable and delicious.

IMG_0360This was the best family photo we could get on the day of her party. She was a wiggle worm with all of the excitement! I just noticed we are all barefoot. I guess that makes us true Kentuckians. Hah!

IMG_0326We’ve been having a “no gift” party for Luke for a few years and honestly, no one really misses the presents. I always felt silly opening gifts while a crowd watched and Luke’s first birthday party present opening was just painful. Jacob and I were trying to wrangle him and thank everyone for the gifts while everyone watching was just bored out of their minds. I mean does anyone other than the grandparents actually enjoy watching a one year old open presents at the speed of snail for an hour? Ummm NO! So, for Lyla’s party instead of “no gifts” we decided to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. This foundation supports childhood cancer research and is a four star rated charity. Lyla’s generous party guests helped her raise $680 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. If you would like to register your birthday party to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, please visit this site.

IMG_0382The strawberry lemonade was the HIT of the party. I must say, it was amazing! And it should’ve been, because my parents helped me juice 38 lemons the night before the party to make it! Let’s just say my kitchen smelled amazing! Y’all the stuff you buy in the store doesn’t hold a candle to this sweet nectar of a drink. I even saved a bottle of it in the back of the fridge so I could enjoy it in peace after the party. We quadrupled the recipe, but if you want to make your own small batch, the recipe can be found here.

And now for the food… the recipes can be found by clicking the link below each picture.


Ham & Cheese Sliders
These are actually called Funeral Sandwiches. That sounded a little to morbid for my little one’s first birthday, so I renamed them. They are delicious and one of my go-to’s for tailgates.

IMG_0376Glazed Kielbasa & Pineapple Bites
These little yummy appetizers were snatched up so quickly I only ate one, but oh my! They are delicious! I will certainly be making them again soon.


Pasta Salad & Bacon Cheddar Dip (aka: Crack Dip)

IMG_0436Lyla wasn’t so sure about everyone staring at her and singing, so she started to cry. Once she got to dig into her cake, her frown turned upside down. The girl loves to eat!


The party favors were Chex Lemon Buddies with thank you tags from Abby Reese Design.

IMG_0432Outfit: Matilda Jane Little Lemon Bubble


This birthday board was a huge headache the day of the party! They lady I purchased it from on etsy was a week late getting me the file and she finally sent it at 6am the morning of the party. My precious mother-in-law went to Walmart for two hours to try to download and print the poster. Can you imagine two hours in Walmart? Oh my word. Very thankful for her patience because I loved the poster and all of the sweet details it included about our one year old baby girl. I’m not going to list the vendor because I can’t recommend her, but there are lots to choose from on Etsy.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Lyla’s Pink Lemonade Stand Party! If anyone has any cute theme ideas for next year, please leave me a comment. You know I’m already on the hunt for the perfect theme!



  1. This is the cutest birthday party idea! I loved the details and the color scheme. For my daughter I had a LaLa Loopsy party for her first birthday and then this year (my husband and I agreed that we would only do larger parties every second year) for her third birthday I am going to try and re-create a French patisserie as she loves the American Girl movie ‘Grace’ and talks constantly about baking and Paris!
    I am a serial Pinner too, and when people tell me they are planning their kids parties I get so excited *controlling* in giving them ideas!! Maybe I am missing my true calling- party planner!

    • Allie Rae says:

      Hayley, I feel your pain! I’m always asking my friends about their party themes months before they start to plan and then send them pins! We’re just being helpful, right? Hah! Love the French bakery idea! Too cute!

  2. Adorable! My daughter and her friend have a lemonade stand every year!

  3. Lyla looks like she had a wonderful birthday! Thank you for sharing the recipes!

  4. Stephanie Hodge says:

    I loved her party theme, so cute!! Here’s an idea for a theme birthday party – Planting Watermelon Seeds, using watermelon as main theme with colors, fruit bowl, have vegetable and fruit stand, etc. Donations to local school system for students who receive food backpacks, but use donations toward vegetable and fruit iteams.

  5. Very cute

  6. Very cute theme