Thea's First Birthday - Pink Gingham & Butterflies at the Beach
ABOUT THE PARTY: There is nothing like a beautiful summer day at the beach to celebrate the 1st birthday of a beautiful little girl. Thea’s aunt offered to throw her birthday party at their wonderful beach front house in Southampton, NY. However, she had one stipulation – since she herself had 3 boys, she wanted the party to be PINK, PINK, PINK! The plan was a relaxed afternoon BBQ for close family and friends (14 adults and 11 kids) with the kids eating lunch inside and adults sitting outside so that they could watch the kids when they came back out to go in the pool.
HOW THEY SET TO CELEBRATE: "Someone in my husband’s office knew Jaclynn at Set To Celebrate and had ordered a photo banner for their holiday party last year. I went to the Set To Celebrate website to order a birthday photo banner for Thea and saw all the beautiful tableware. I saw on the website that I could CALL AND SPEAK TO A PARTY PLANNER, so I called to get some ideas. I wanted lots of balloons and pretty pink tableware. Jaclynn sent me some pictures of their “Flying Butterfly Balloons" that were not yet up on the website. I had never seen anything like them and could imagine having pink butterflies flitting around on all the balloon strings. I ordered 10 bouquets - I knew it would be fantastic!” (Flying Butterflies Balloon Bouquets with 3 Balloons - 3.75).
"I told Jaclynn that the adults would be outside and we would be using real plates, silverware and glasses but that I wanted paper for the kids. Jaclynn suggested that the pink gingham tableware would look sweet and be perfect for the beach. To create continuity between the outside party and the inside parties she suggested that we use the pink gingham napkins for everyone and use pink tablecloths and pink gingham runners for both tables. We decided to use the Moiré Pink Like-Linen Tablecloths for the adult table. They actually felt like fabric and made the table a little more adult and elegant. (2 Classic Pink Poly Lined Tablecloths – $3.49 each; 2 Pink Moiré “Like-Linen” Tablecovers - $9.50 each; 3 Pink Gingham Table Runners - $5.50 each). We also used the pink tablecloth and runner combination for the buffet table. The quality of the runners and the Like-Linen Tablecloths was exceptional – It could not have been nicer if we had used real linens!”
“I went for simple, classic plates with gingham napkins and hot pink plastic silverware for the kids. We decided to use the gingham dessert plates for everyone since we were going to have a dessert buffet, and we used pink gingham beverage napkins and the pink plastic forks on the dessert table.(1 Pkg of 24 Classic Pink Lunch Plates – $3.49 per pkg.; 4 Pkgs of 8 Pink Gingham Dessert Plates - $4.95 per pkg; 2 Packages of 20 Gingham Lunch Napkins - $5.95 per pkg; 2 Packages of 20 Beverage Napkins - $4.95 per pkg; 1 Pkg of 24 Classic Pink 12 oz Plastic Cups - $3.49 per pkg; 1 Pkg Each of 24 Hot Magenta Forks/Knives/Spoons – 2.49 per pkg).
“I told Jaclynn that I was getting flower pots with gerbera daisies for the centerpieces on the tables but wanted to know if there was anything else we could do to decorate besides the banner (1 Custom Photo Banner with 8 Letters/Characters and 4 photo Dividers - $16.00). Jaclynn suggested that we use the large Butterfly “Table Sprinkles” and Butterfly Place Cards to bring some of the theme to the adult table. I was planning on using place cards, and this was a much nicer touch than what I was going to use. (2 Pkgs of 10 Flying Butterfly Place Cards – 3.50 per pkg-available upon request; 2 Pkgs of Flying Butterfly Table Sprinkles – 3.75 per pkg-available upon request). Jaclynn told me to make sure that I had some double sided tape on hand to secure the table runner, place cards and Table Sprinkles or everything would end up in the pool the first time a breeze blew – it was a great call!”
“We also had a really wonderful surprise. My husband’s colleague sent 2 Personalized Lollipop Flower Centerpieces as a gift. We used them on the kids’ table and they couldn’t wait to get their lollipops. Each flower was pink with a green leaf, and at first, I didn’t even notice they said “Thea is 1!”. They were in a little galvanized French pail and had pink butterflies on clear rods that made them look like the butterflies were flying around them. They couldn’t have been more perfect, especially since I forgot all about party favors!” (Lollipop Flower Centerpiece in French Pail with 10 Lollipops - $47.50) We even ended up taking the empty pail from one centerpiece and using it for the forks on the dessert table, and the remainder of the second centerpiece which had a few lollipops still in it, to add a little decoration.
TOTAL SET TO CELEBRATE COST (For 26 Guests): $261.53 (with Lollipop Flower Centerpieces)
"Elegant, fun, unique, pink, and I never left the house. It all arrived in a box right on time – I couldn’t ask for anything more!."
Susan, Thea’s Aunt, Southampton, NY
"If a first birthday is really for the parents, then this was the prettiest birthday I ever had!." Joyce, Thea’s Mom, New York, NY
SCHEDULE, ACTIVITIES & MENU
Guests came for hors d'oeuvres at 12:30 pm and the luncheon started at 1:30 with swimming and beach time during hors d'ouevres and after dessert.
Drinks: Pink Lemonade on the kids table, Chilled Blush Wine on the adult table, and Sodas.
Special Touch: "The butterfly cake was beautiful. I gave the bakery one of the butterfly place cards and one of the Flying Butterfly table sprinkles and they did a fabulous job of replicating them on the cake!”
WHAT TO BUY(and some other things you may like). If you see something in the party pictures that you don't see on the website, CALL or E-MAIL US (firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-383-8497)! It may be in development and not yet up on the website: