This adorable YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Ryanne Brenner.
What a sweet first birthday celebration! I love how bright and fun it is! I also love the adorable cake and cupcakes! This party is so darling and has such cute ideas that would work perfectly for a birthday party or Summer party as well!
My favorite You Are My Sunshine party ideas and elements from this precious birthday event are:
- The darling sun cake
- The cute fondant pink and yellow cupcake toppers
- The adorable sunshine outfit
- The darling sunshine favors
- and MORE!
You Are My Sunshine Party Details:
This is what Ryanne said about planning/styling the party- “As I was putting the finishing touches on Harper’s nursery while I was still pregnant with her, I came across a plush sunshine with a music box inside that played “You Are My Sunshine” which had belonged to me when I was a baby. As I hung it from the mirror above her changing table I casually thought to myself that “You Are My Sunshine” would be such a cute party theme. I had done a rainbow theme for my older daughter’s 1st birthday, so the themes kind of went hand-in-hand. When I walked into a local store about a month after Harper was born and saw several very large, cheerful suns hanging from the store ceiling, I knew it was meant to be. I immediately spoke with the store manager and secured that I could pick several of the 12’ suns up when the store was done with the display. My little girl was just a month old, but the theme was set!
I loved the idea of bringing so much sunshine into our home, especially during what I thought was to be the beginning of spring. The party took place on March 30th and I had presumed that it would be pleasant enough for the party to spill out into the back yard, especially since we were having so many family and friends join us for Harper’s special day. What I never imagined was that we would have not only rain, but also sleet and snow! Nevertheless, our little sunshine kept us happy when skies were gray and our cheery décor brightened up the day.
This party was so much fun to design and create and I am so pleased with how everything turned out! As a mommy, I am often so busy with the day to day that I don’t get too much of an opportunity to be creative; so I used this party as a chance to really have fun! I had a friend crochet an adorable sunshine hat and I captured a precious picture of my little girl wearing it with a big one tooth grin that I used on the invitation and throughout the party. In addition to the large suns hung in the foyer and family room, I carried a pink and yellow theme throughout the house. I used yellow and white polka dot and pink on pink chevron patterns throughout my design, and lots and lots of sunshine. My daughters and I created sunshine canvases with their hand and foot prints and daddy and I created a really fun “You Are My Sunshine” photo setup for all of the guests for the day of the party. I designed the invitations and coordinating décor for the party inclu ding posters, banners, lawn signs and gift tags. I used fabric accents with the yellow and pink patterns to dress things up and bring in lots of color. I also used the fabric to create a fun rag-tie banner for the high chair and for the wreath on the front door. I ordered the girls shirts on Etsy and then made the coordinating pants, headband and birthday hat for the birthday girl and the hair bows for big sister. In additional to taking some pictures myself, we hired a wonderful professional photographer to capture family pictures for all of our guests and to take pictures throughout the party.
Some of my favorite elements were:
• The monthly “sun flower” picture window boxes that we made!
• All of the hand-painted matching little details including the picture frames, the wood letters of Harper’s name on the cake table and the “ONE” cut-out.
• The sweet personalized birthday banner above the fireplace that I made with a friend on her Cricut machine.
• The sunshine favors, especially the crochet plush suns in each of the children’s bags.
Harper has brought so much joy and sunshine to our lives this past year and I will cherish the memories from her special sunshine birthday for many, many years to come”.
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