There’s a popular saying “It takes a village to raise a child” and I believe it goes the same in throwing DIY parties! You don’t really have to do every single detail yourself to make sure you give your parties that personal touch. Take it from mommy Jemma who pretty much prepared all of the details of her daughter Chloe’s first birthday, working on them at nights and through nap times, but got the help of a stylist friend to set-up everything on the big day. This allowed her to cut down on party expenses and have time to attend to the birthday girl on the day of the party. Well planned momma, well planned! 👏🏻 See how mommy Jemma’s teddy bear collection from her childhood became the central theme of this party and read through to the end as she shares some of her experience from DIYing!
Mommy Jemma shares how she prepared for her homemade party: “Because we had the picnic at the comfort of our backyard, using what we already had at home was a good idea – from tables and chairs, shelves, throw pillows, clothesline, hampers, picnic baskets and teddy bears of course! Some items like fences, crates, bird cages, frames and buntings were rented. Some teddies were borrowed from my kumares. The big letter standees were originally plain white which was used during Chloe’s baptism, I just covered them with pastel-colored papers to create a new look. I enjoyed scribbling on chalkboards for the sweets station, juice bar and some bear signs. Trees along the sidewalks were adorned with hanging paper flower lanterns which I got from Pinterest. The mirror welcome signage is also inspired by Pinterest, actually did this last minute because I ran out of chalk, lol. I did not opt to have kiddie tables because kids will actually not sit down so we just used picnic cloths bought from Daiso as picnic mats. Table runners are plaid tablecloths cut lengthwise. Table centerpieces are recycled cheezee jars, I just covered each with pieces of cloth from old blouses. Each jars are topped-off with paper pinwheels to complete the picnic vibe. I also did not want to splurge on cakes because those lavish cakes are too cute to eat so we just got the plain honeycomb cake from Purple Oven. I just crafted a fancy cake topper out of styrofoam – which is my favorite among all my DIYs. I also re-used the topper from Chloe’s baptism for the strawberry shortcake from S&R. “
Achieve this look for your next party! Here’s how:
- Styling of Invitations, Cake Toppers, Sweets Buffet and Juice Bar, Table Centrepieces, Letter Standees, Chalk Signboards, Lootbags & Prizes were all DIYd by mommy Jemma; styled on the day itself by For Keeps Events Specialist
- Catering by Queensland
- Cakes from Purple Oven and S&R
- Photography by The Perfect Grey Photography
- Entertainment by Chayno
- Favors by Bear Cuddler
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