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”!
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.
We’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.
The 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.
Glazed 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.
The party favors were Chex Lemon Buddies with thank you tags from Abby Reese Design.
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!