Alina's 1st Birthday - The Details

I LOVE to plan a party! I have always enjoyed event planning, I used to do it as a career in my early 20's! So when it came to planning my beautiful girls first birthday party, I couldn't wait! The Pinteresting started months before and the DIY ideas were overflowing. I had to calm my farm and decide on a few small projects so as to not get too carried away (I tend to do that too).

I was on a budget and determined to make my vision for A's party come to life! 

I always knew we would have her party outdoors. Randall and I got married at a place called Heatcote Reserve in Applecross and as it holds such a special place in our heart we knew we'd always celebrate our baby girls birthday there! The plus side about having it outdoors, it's free! There's no messy house left for you to clean and the kids are often a lot more easily entertained.

When it came to food... I decided to make it a BYO picnic. Guests bought their own blankets and food down which made it less stressful for me trying to sort out food and platters and a lot more convenient knowing that everyones dietary requirements would be met if they bought their own picnics!

Now, the fun part - Invitations, Decor + Outfits!


used 'The Little Details Design' by Emma Cavanagh. To say that I was so impressed is an understatement. Emma was extremely accommodating with my ideas and created the perfect invitation. I had an idea in my head and Em completely exceeded it. 
You can find Emma on Instagram at


I am not a big fan of big puffy dresses, hence why you rarely ever see Alina in a dress haha! For her party, I just HAD to! Randall actually chose Alina's dress as her Christmas present. The brand is Origami and we purchased it from Myer.

I really wanted a pretty head piece for her to wear that wasn't over the top but still really special! I found the perfect little flower crown from Little Raya Sunshine -


OK, I am so impressed with how the cake turned out. Now, some may call me tacky... I call me 'SMART'. I bought x2 sponge cakes from Coles, added cream, dusted it with icing sugar and vanilla icing. I was channeling the whole 'naked cake' thing... I put artificial flowers from Big W as the cake topper and voila! One very pretty looking... surprisingly very tasty cake! It cost me $15!


I made Alina a photo wall using a canvas that I picked up from Big W and some twine that I already had laying around. 

I also made a glitter O-N-E bunting that I attached to her high chair! It was also really quick and easy to make. 

Both of these little DIY projects added a really cute personalized feel without being over kill!

All in all it was a beautiful party, it was so nice to see all of my ideas come to life! The most incredible part was seeing how happy our girl was! She is so loved and adored, what more as parents could we wish for!

I think these hints and tips could be helpful for any budget, especially time poor parents like us haha! I still felt like I contributed to her party without feeling completely overwhelmed or handing it over to someone else to do! 

I've put some more photos below if you'd like to see a little more of her special day!

Em xx



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