MAKE + CELEBRATE: Our pink lemonade one-year-old birthday party.
Before we dive into some cute and lemon-y crafts, I want to tell you a story.
About two years ago, I delivered a sweet and precious little girl into this world. I’m not inclined to share the details of her birth story, it feels like a very private thing to me. But there was one thing about her delivery that always stands out in my memory… and it will make more sense to this DIY post in a minute.
In the delivery room, amidst the labor pains and urgency to get my epidural going, the nurse caring for me asked if I would like something light to eat. I was a little taken aback because I was (incorrectly) informed beforehand that once I went to the hospital, I could not eat anything. I was hungry and unsure what the rest of the night would bring me, so I asked for some water ice. You know, the kind of water ice that comes in a paper cup (the kind that we’d eat with a wooden spoon as a kid)? The soft, creamy kind of ice that only seems to be stocked by hospitals? That kind. And the flavor they brought me was lemon.
So, I ate my creamy water ice as the epidural started to mitigate the pain for me. I enjoyed the lemon’s cool relief as the staff in the L&D room bustled around, getting things ready for the imminent pushing. After the labor (and pushing!), and finally meeting my precious little girl, my husband asked me if I needed anything to eat or drink. All I craved at that time was sweet baby snuggles and sleep… but I did want more lemon water ice!
So, from now on, whenever I have lemon water ice, I am brought back to that day we welcomed Little C into our life. It seemed appropriate for her birthday theme to be a “lemon” party. So, that is where the pink lemonade idea came from for her first birthday bash. We held the party at our house and I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the DIY details!
In this pink lemonade party post I plan to show you:
- DIY pink lemonade and gingham paper crafts and printables
- Easy pink and lemon party décor
- DIY paper rose table centerpieces
- A simple lemonade and iced tea bar
- Our dessert table area (with a smash cake, of course!)
I was not actively blogging last year, but I couldn’t help taking some pictures as I made stuff. I don’t have detailed tutorials for all of these projects but I will leave links to the instructions and resources I used to create these ideas. If you want me to go into more detail with any of these projects, let me know and maybe I can plan a separate, in-depth post. NOTE: Some of the links to products below may be affiliate links. (For more information, please read my disclosure statement.)
DIY pink lemonade and gingham paper crafts and printables
I love making simple, DIY cards and I made one for the party invitation. I had a hard time finding paper in patterns and shades of pink and yellow I liked. I was drawn to plaids and gingham patterns but could not find any paper that I liked.
So, I made my own stationary that I printed and used. I created a simple gingham pattern in pale pink and yellow that looked pretty when printed off on white or pastel card stock.
Easy pink and lemon party décor
To make the house festive, we sprinkled pink and yellow decorations around.
I reused my simple DIY dollar store lemon wreath I made a few years back to greet our guests. All it needed was a pink ribbon.
I covered the large clipboard wall with oversized DIY tissue flowers, rosettes and some store bought decorations. We pushed our kitchen table up against the wall and the décor was a great focal point above the buffet.
I also converted an old bookcase into a play lemonade stand with some wood, fabric and a pink and yellow valence. An enamel pitcher, play cupcakes and lemons from the dollar store made it a fun pretend area. Our daughter got a kick out of playing with the items.
DIY paper rose table centerpieces
I wanted to create some pretty floral centerpieces for our tables outside. I followed this tutorial for painting the inside of glass from Sand and Sisal to make opaque colored vases. I used round glass vases, yellow craft paint and nail polish to turn the vases a pale yellow color. I was hoping that they looked a little like lemons?
I debated about using real flowers in the vases but I was hesitant to do so because of the cost. I searched and found some great ideas for making beautiful paper flowers instead (and we could keep and reuse them later). To make the flowers out of coffee filters, I generally followed the instructions of two bloggers (see below). To dye the coffee filters, I used a watered down mixture of pink craft paint and allowed them to dry.
Aunt Peaches (who, in my mind, is the queen of paper flowers) has an excellent (and funny!) tutorial on how to make gorgeous roses from dyed coffee filters. I love her tips, especially about adding a little yellow to your paint/dye mixture… it really added depth to the pink color.
To add a few big blooms to the roses, I was inspired by these beautiful DIY paper peonies at Farmhouse 38 and I made a few pink peonies of my own.
I loved the way the flowers look in the round yellow vases!!
Simple lemonade and iced tea bar
We set up two big containers of lemonade and iced tea to create a bar area on our deck. We included lots of mix-ins and additions people could add to their drinks. To make it fun for everyone, we had vanilla syrup, raspberry syrup, mint, cherries for everyone… and some bourbon or vodka for the adults.
I made a little sign with some fun recipe ideas our guests could try (or they could make up their own!).
Dessert table and baby’s smash cake
We also created a little dessert table area inside our kitchen for the party. I made Little C a smash cake using mini Wilton cake pans and a cake mix. I iced the cake with white icing and covered the outside in pink sugar sprinkles. All it needed was a number one candle. It was a simple and easy way to decorate the cake. What did I do with the leftover cake mix? I baked it up and rolled the cake into cake balls for the rest of our guests. We also had loads of other sweets and cupcakes for everyone.
The party was fun and our daughter had a blast. I loved all of the pretty pink and yellow details of the party. They were pretty, but more importantly, were a personal reminder to me of that special day I met my sweet baby.
I can’t believe this party was almost one year ago! This month our little girl is turning two and we have a smaller scale party planned for her. I did create some DIY elements for the party and décor. Be sure to stay tuned for some of those cute ideas!