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Kensington’s Floral and Moon Themed First Birthday Party

A little over a week ago, we celebrated my daughter’s first birthday with all of our closest friends and family! It was so much fun and Kensington had such a blast running around, eating cake, and opening so many gifts.

Kensington was born the night before a full moon and when she was just two months old, I came up with the idea to do a moon themed birthday party. It took me a while to pinpoint exactly how I wanted to pull the theme together, and ultimately I decided to base it around the “Stay Wild Moon Child” saying, but other moon quotes were definitely incorporated as well.

As I was planning the big party, I discovered that I was not a big fan of the “twinkle twinkle little star” details. I didn’t want a ton of gold stars or really that many stars at all and I really struggled for a while to figure out how exactly I wanted her party and theme to come together. I decided to incorporate more  floral accents throughout all of the decorations. I wanted it to be whimsical, boho, and floral, and I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.

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For starters, I knew that I wanted to have a word wall of some kind. However, custom banners were kind of expensive and didn’t give the “wow” factor I was looking for. So I did some research and decided a balloon wall would be perfect! I knew it would be a loud decoration that would tie into my theme perfectly and Kensington LOVED it! She pointed at it so much and I loved how excited she was to see it.

For the floral crescent, I am proud to say that I made it all by myself! And it was SUPER cheap! I spray painted a hula hoop gold and took a greenery garland (from Hobby Lobby of course) and wrapped it around one side using floral wire to keep it in place. Then I just took some flowers and wrapped them into the center using the floral wire. Super easy.

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The ribbon that helped display Kensington’s monthly photos was a little more tricky. I used double-sided tape but it was not as secure as I would’ve liked for it to be. If I was going to be using it for more than just decorating a party, I would’ve looked into a more secure way of holding the ribbon in place, like stapling or glue. But I loved how beautifully it displayed her photos! It was such a great touch and a great way to remember how much she has grown.

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For the food, I tried to keep things light and left it at mostly finger foods! We had veggie trays, fruit trays, chips & salsa, crackers & pimento cheese, and my absolute new favorite: moon-shaped cucumber sandwiches! These were SO delicious and my only problem with them was that I didn’t make enough! They went so fast.

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With Kensington having a peanut allergy, I decided it would be easiest for me to make her own cake and cupcakes (you just never know with cross contamination and I didn’t want to risk it). Plus I really enjoy baking, so it wasn’t too much trouble at all! Kensington DEVOURED her cake (I mean she ate almost half of it) and got completely covered in the strawberry icing and gold sprinkles. The cupcakes didn’t last very long either. Because what’s a birthday party without cake? 🙂

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Another piece of decor I used were a few gold banners filled with moons and stars. I used those to decorate the gift table as well as another display table filled with photos and other little moon and floral goodies. I loved how it turned out. The letter board made it super easy for me to incorporate more moon quotes into the party. This one is from one of my favorite books: On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman. (BEWARE: It will make you cry. It’s so sweet. )

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I also used the floral decorations from Kensington’s cake smash to decorate the party with an added “one” balloon. I loved the way it highlighted the floral part of the theme and Kensington being one.  We also placed her underneath it in her high chair when she ate her cake for pictures. I told you guys… she devoured her little cake. She was a hot mess.

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Lastly, Kensington’s outfit, I found an adorable cream dress that had the perfect amount of gold shimmer in it.  It felt super “boho” and was very easy to dress up without being completely over the top. I definitely didn’t want it to be tutu crazy. Her headband was from Amazon and really helped bring together my boho and floral theme. She looked absolutely perfect.

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And that was our baby girl’s first birthday party details! We are still over the moon (hehe see what I did there?) about it. Thank you again to everyone who came and celebrated our Kensington.  We will always and forever love her with everything we have.

Thanks for reading!

sarah frank, the freehearted, mom blog, parenthood blog, mom blogger, the freehearted blog



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8 thoughts on “Kensington’s Floral and Moon Themed First Birthday Party

  1. I absolutely loved how simple yet gorgeous and elegant this all looked. Of course the personal touch was so beautiful. I have to ask, where is the moon and stars banner from? It would be great for Ramadan & Eid, since those are the symbols we used for decorations 🙂

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