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Thinking Ahead: Spawnie’s 1st Bday Party Themes

I know it’s crazy, but I’m already day dreaming about Spawnie’s first birthday party. No, she’s not born yet and I’m already debating between ladybug theme or butterfly theme, and picturing the cake and what she’ll wear. I’m THAT CRAZY.

I’m big into princesses, but I think those parties are best served, and more enjoyed by older girls. I love looking at adorable invites, coordinating napkin holders and cupcake flags, party banners, it’s just too much! And moms throwing parties these days seem so much more coordinated. Back when I was young pinatas, party hats, and kazoos weren’t uncommon. Now, from photos I’ve seen from friend’s parties, moms have got it together and got it looking cute!
Luckily I know people, people like Jen who design party goodies and decor to use to create a fun party theme. I think I’ll be chatting with her when it’s time for me to narrow down a theme.
I’m not crafty, I’m good at pretending like I am but really, it’s all an act.

Jen, however, fell into my craft when she was planning her August 2008 wedding. She’s been involved with art her entire life, starting with drawing and painting when she was 5 years old. After she graduated college, she got a freelance job with a local rape crisis clinic and started designing all of their marketing materials, including their annual report. She designed these gorgeous monograms.

After she got engaged, it was a “no-brainer” to her that she could DIY a lot of their stationery items. Other brides started asking her to design wedding stationery for them, and it blossomed from there. She designed monograms, wedding programs, invitations… you name it, she did it! From there, she grew into designing baby stationery, and then party decor. Blush Printables was literally a three year work in progress!
Jen is 26, she had a Norwegian Forest cat named Bella for about five years, but she sadly passed away from cancer this past February. They adopted Maya in March 2009 so Bella would have a friend, and they just loved each other so very much so in March 2010, they welcomed Bailey!
Human kids are on their radar too! “We have babies on the brain and have planned to start a family within the next six months — so your blog is absolutely incredible and such a wonderful resource of information for me. I just love it!”
{New Mama Advice}
1. “This is probably a no-brainer, but always make sure that you make time for your family! Sometimes it’s easy to get overextended and have anxiety over trying to balance time between work and play. My fondest childhood memories are my dad teaching me how to play softball, going on California vacations with just my mom, and my grandparents pushing me on the swing. Both of my parents are entrepreneurs and even though they were both busy running their own businesses, neither of them ever missed an art show, a softball game, taking pictures at homecoming or prom, or being there for any other milestone in my life. My mother is an excellent example of balancing work and home life, and so is my father. I am forever grateful for the life they gave me and the sacrifices that they made.”

2. “Be assertive for what you need. Don’t be afraid to tell friends and family what you really need — let them know how helpful it would be to take on household chores [maybe someone can unload that dishwasher for you!] or help out with grocery shopping. Even help with laundry would be fantastic! Have a list of to-do items so that you don’t have to remember what you need.”

3. “Celebrate, and make new traditions! I bet if you look back to your own childhood, you have a slew of warm memories of being surrounded by your friends and family during birthdays and holidays. Carry on those same traditions, but start new ones that are unique to your new family.”

If you have Twitter be sure to check Jen out at @ohsoglam and Blush Printables on Facebook. Her new adorable behind-the-scenes blog is Blush Printables and of course here’s her Etsy Shop.

My Mini Virtual Baby Shower Week is coming to a close but Jen has offered one of my party-goers a $75 gift certificate to her shop! Anyone can enter and put it towards buying something that is ready-made or to contact her with a fully customized order.! Just visit her shop and let me know what you like in the comments! Leave a comment with new mommy advice for another entry! Or a birthday party theme idea!

You have until June 3rd 11:59pm to enter!
Random.org will choose the winner! Good luck!


Wow . . . a $75 gift certificate is really generous. That was really nice of her.

I have no idea what a zazoo is, so I googled it, and the search results were condoms. What kinda children’s parties were you going to??? LOL.

I totally LOVE the Blush Printables – Custom Modern Matchbook Favors. These would be great for party favors for my new business. 🙂

dropcqueen at yahoo dot com

My mommy advice is to NAP when your little girl naps! I didn’t, tried to be super woman and all it got me was almost on my way to see someone cause I thought was loosing my mind. Once I started to get more than 2-4 hours of sleep on a consistent basis life started looking so much better. Sleep when ya can mama!

dropcqueen at yahoo dot com

For my daughter’s 1st birthday I did a Cowgirl princess theme. It was adorable even though the had I ordered was WAY too bit and now at 2 1/2 it still huge! LOL!! Here’s a link to her birthday pix. http://johnnjana.blogspot.com/2008/10/happy-1st-birthday-leanne-kimberly.html

dropcqueen at yahoo dot com

Joanna says:

I love the creativity and variety of products in her shop- I never would have thought of personalizing the napkin rings or “petal tossing cones”

I love the monograms and votive wraps.

First birthday party ideas…hmmm…maybe taking the party to a children’s science musuem (I’m a nerd) and letting her and her friends play around.

YUMMama says:

Maybe, you could combine the butterfly and ladybug themes some how. They’re both nature related. So, I’m sure it can be done.

tricityty says:

My favorite is the pirate party! Fun!
amberl@mtaonline.net

tricityty says:

We are planning a rainbow polka dot party! My little miss will be 2! Her outfit is rainbow shorts with a halter top with a cupcake on it. The party table will have containers of candy in rainbow colors! I can’t wait! Have fun planning your little ones’ party! It is never too early!!

Spears says:

oh my goodness, I NEED the pirate stuff for my little boy’s party in September. I’m really hoping I win…love her shop!
sarah
smatti78@yahoo.com

Spears says:

another piece of advice? Involve Daddy in taking care of the baby as much as you can (w/out forcing it obviously) i was so in love w/ my first son that I created a little “mommy’s boy”, which was great until he got older and very clingy. Not healthy for the mom, or the child. Now that he’s older, it’s not an issue, though.
sarah
smatti78@yahoo.com

Heidi says:

I love the birthday kits…the banners are also a cute touch!!

froggy_luver at hotmail dot com

(It’s never too early to think about birthday parties…my baby is due on the 31st and I have been thinking about her 1st b-day party for awhile now too :D!)

Dana says:

I really liked the polka dot and stripe suite that was in light blue. It was for a wedding but I really think that I could use it for a baby shower that I am planning.

Courtney says:

I would get one of the party packs!

Courtney says:

If you like Dr. Seuss, I saw a really fun Dr. Seuss bday party- of course the hat, then lots of stripes and polka dots and red, white, and blue.

Courtney says:

More new mama advice- sleep when baby sleeps or when anyone is available to mind Spawnie while you rest.

i’d definitely get a party pack or 2!

mary margaret’s first birthday’s theme was “pink, pinwheels, and parfaits”–her three favorite “p’s” (oh…haha, and PACI!)

toriebartee says:

I’ve been thinking about birthday themes too! Including outfits!! You should come and enter my giveaway! It ends tomorrow night!

http://toriebartee.wordpress.com

Alice says:

I like the Under the Big Top Party Pack

Tanya says:

The pirate theme party pack is way cute!! Even for a girl would totally be fun. I know my little one would love it!

Tanya says:

I did a polka dot theme for my little girl’s 1st birthday and it was so fun. From the food to the decor to the party favors, all polka dots. Simple yet way adorable.

Tanya says:

Mama advice: I may be little but I love to eat and I can eat a lot. At the hospital I was dying for more food but I didnt want to be a bother. Then I was like, you know, I just had a baby dang it! So I totally asked the nurse to bring like endless amount of food and she loved it that I wasn’t shy about it! haha You’re the boss lady so have fun!

Swedish says:

I really like the Momogram suites… My sister is getting married soon and it would be perfect. Thanks!

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

Swedish says:

Don’t sweat the small stuff… Take every moment and cherish it; they grow so quickly and time passes so fast in the first two years. If you’re too worried about the small things, you won’t enjoy this beautiful period in their lives. Blink and you will literally miss some amazing memories.

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

The stripes and dots wedding set is beautiful. I love the pink banner printables too.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/45799924/blush-printables-printable-banner-for

Katrina says:

I love the pirate themed party pack! My son is turning 3 in July and this is the theme he asked for. Love it!

katrinasevin(at)aol.com

Katrina says:

My advice for new parents: Go with the flow, reach out if you’re stressed, and sleep as much as you can!

Would love the blush printables I love the wedding set

rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

Tiffany says:

My Mommy advice is to always park by the cart return when shopping. It makes getting in and out of the store SO much easier than lugging a carrier around! Plus….I could use the excercise..hehe
Tiffany
http://www.pedicurestopuddles.blogspot.com
http://www.pedicurestopuddles@yahoo.com

Sara says:

I like the Blush Printables – Flourish DIY Wedding. seraphou@aol.com

keyalus says:

I like the circus-themed party pack. My boy will turn 1 in September so party themes are heavy on my mind right now.

keyalus says:

New Mommy Advice: Setup a “baby duty” schedule with your husband. We do this and it helps me keep my sanity. Everyone needs some personal time to do non-baby related things and this will let you plan things in advance.

keyalus says:

I was reading a copy of Parent’s magazine and they had a really cute “Twister” theme party with accessories and favors that were dotted just like the game. I liked that it was non-traditional.

I would love some place cards for my upcoming baby shower.
hsuperparents[at]gmail[dot]com

Another party theme idea would be a birds and owls theme.
hsuperparents[at]gmail[dot]com

mogrill says:

What a lovely thing to win!
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

I love the matchbook favors

Tanya says:

Blush Printables – Labels and Gift Tags.
I’m always looking for cute labels.

tanya_wol@yahoo.com

Britta Lee says:

I just recently introduced a new offering to my tea party catering business~ CANDY BUFFETS. I have spent quite a bit of time researching candy buffet labels and happily stumbled upon Blush Printables. I adore her products and find them classy yet hip…. I will be contacting her with or without a gift certificate win. Many Thanks and good luck to both of you in baby and business endeavors!!
Britta of http://www.brittasteaparties.com

Jen J. says:

I love the printable banner! That would be perfect for a project I have in my for my little girl’s nursery!
worldofdennifer(at)gmail(dot)com

Kyle says:

Love the ladybugs!

Leen says:

I love the cupcake flags!
leenburke@yahoo.com

Leen says:

Best new mommy advice…sleep when the baby sleeps!
leenburke@yahoo.com

Trina says:

I like the PDF fot the Menus
couponsiwant(at)verizon(dot)net

Trina says:

I just had a space party theme for my son and it was a “blast”. I have a little graphic designer/artist in me so I made the invitations, the cupcake toppers, and the banner.
couponsiwant(at)verizon(dot)net

Trina says:

New mommy advice, my second child just had his first birthday, and I think the one thing I have enjoyed looking back at for both my kids is the daily journal I kept for the first three months of their life. I would write ten minutes at night about the day and I also used it to keep track of feedings, poops and pees, and also my meds for the first couple of weeks. I had C-sections.
couponsiwant(at)verizon(dot)net

Cool!
I really like the Blush Printables – Stripes and Dots Wedding Invitation – DIY Printable!!!

Happi Shopr says:

I like the Blush Printables – Custom Modern Pillow Box. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

FDP 4 Life says:

a great birthday party theme is the 70s. what a great decade!
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

The Under the Big Top Party Pack is SO CUTE!

I love the Blush Printables – Cupcake Flag – Cupcake Topper – Set of 12 thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

Gianna says:

Blush Printables – Luau Party Printable Circles

lilyk says:

I love the Childrens Birthday Party Set!

KennQ says:

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Jen J. says:

I love the printable banner! That would be perfect for a project I have in my for my little girl’s nursery!
worldofdennifer(at)gmail(dot)com

Tanya says:

Blush Printables – Labels and Gift Tags.
I’m always looking for cute labels.

tanya_wol@yahoo.com

Britta Lee says:

I just recently introduced a new offering to my tea party catering business~ CANDY BUFFETS. I have spent quite a bit of time researching candy buffet labels and happily stumbled upon Blush Printables. I adore her products and find them classy yet hip…. I will be contacting her with or without a gift certificate win. Many Thanks and good luck to both of you in baby and business endeavors!!
Britta of http://www.brittasteaparties.com

Tiffany says:

My Mommy advice is to always park by the cart return when shopping. It makes getting in and out of the store SO much easier than lugging a carrier around! Plus….I could use the excercise..hehe
Tiffany
http://www.pedicurestopuddles.blogspot.com
http://www.pedicurestopuddles@yahoo.com

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