Y’all we did it! We survived. Yesterday we celebrated Luna’s first birthday party and in Thavy fashion I planned everything the week of (thank you Amazon Prime) and did the majority of the stuff the day before. I know I know, why do I do this to myself?! I like to think it’s because I thrive under pressure. It really gets my creative juices flowing BUT I can no longer do all-nighters like in the good ole days thanks to being sleep deprived by the tiny human we are celebrating! Adding “no procrastination” to my New Years Resolution and we are going to start that today! I am so proud that we were able to pull this all together last minute. This party was full of DIYS, home cooked food (minus one entree & the dessert), and lots of love!
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Since our property is in no condition for hosting I last minute had to find a venue for her birthday party. I found the cutest little venue called Mi Casa Su Casa near our home that was exactly what I was looking for. It was already so pretty that we didn’t need to decorate too much and the tables and chairs were included. What a steal!
It’s all in the details
Last Christmas I treated myself with two things: 1. The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art Lens for Sony and 2. The Canon Pixma TS9521C Printer. No more trips to FedEx Office! I love being able to print at home and this printer is specifically made for crafting in mind. So you are able to print on different types of media and sizes! The number one thing that made this all possible though was Canva! I used Canva for EVERYTHING. From making her birthday invitation to all of the customize decorations.
For her welcome sign I order this kid’s clothing rack from Amazon and I had the 20×30 board sign printed at Walgreens. I found a 70% off coupon and was able to do same day pickup! Total Cost: $56 for Clothing Rack + $11 Sign
I spent $30 on flowers from Trader Joe’s to make 8 centerpieces that also had space themed cutouts that I made and taped onto skewers.
Justin and I made these arch backdrops out of plywood. If we had more time I would’ve filled the knots with wood filler and sanded it down for a smoother finish. We bought 2 sheets of plywood for $50 and used leftover supplies to make the stands.
I didn’t have the paint colors that I wanted and since I went to Sherwin Williams 30 minutes before they were closing the night before the party I ended up paying full price for 2 quart size cans of paint $50. Not my finest moment! I also wanted to add some vinyl lettering to it but of course I ran out of time so for parts of the day we had a moon Mylar on it. I give it an 8/10 but an A for effort. Haha! Here it is with her cake! The balloon arch is from Amazon and I couldn’t get my pump to inflate the small 5” balloons which was unfortunate. I got the astronaut Mylar from Target!
Speaking of cake! Normally I like to show up and just pick out a cake from HEB the day of but last minute I decided to order a custom cake and cupcakes. I went Friday night and ordered a two tiered cake and 24 cupcakes. I showed them an inspo picture and just hoped that it turned out okay. It came out much better than I had expected! I ordered her cake topper off of Etsy and paid priority shipping to ensure that it arrived on time. I absolutely love it!
I’m a huge fan of charcuterie boards and this is probably the best one I’ve made. I got the letter board trays from Hobby Lobby for $4.99 each and lined it with parchment paper before putting the food on it.
I asked the venue owners if they could write one of my favorite quote on the chalk wall for me. “You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars” by E.E. Cummings and it is just so fitting for Luna and this birthday theme. For food, we had a mix of American and Asian food. Justin smoked a brisket and pork ends. My cousin made pad Thai and my mom made 150 egg rolls, fried rice, and a fruit tray! She’s seriously the best and I’m so thankful for all of her help! She also bought left over containers so guest could pack food home. She seriously thinks of everything.
For her guest book I had put 8 Little Planets on her Christmas list and had everyone sign it. The last page had the planets with party hats on it’s so perfect! I also created a time capsule card so that guests can leave Luna a letter for her to read on her 18th birthday! I plan writing down the letter I had wrote on the blog and putting it in the time capsule as well. If you missed the letter I wrote to Luna, you can read that here.
I would say the cherry on the cake was our costumes! Justin was such a trooper. I’m sure he was dying from embarrassment inside! Luna looks so cute and I love that her costume said “Commander” on it because she seriously runs the show now! I bought all of our costumes on Amazon and it was the best $100 I spent.
Ahhh, she’s just so cute. I know she won’t remember this but I hope she had a blast at the party because it was out of this world! Okay, I’m done with the space puns! Grand total for everything was around $1,500 and that includes the rental for the venue. -XO Thavy