I didn't want an overly themed party, more of a color scheme. I went with pink lemonade, everything in shades of yellow and pink. So, first to give inspiration credit where it is due... I found an amazing lemonade punch called Party Lemonade over at One Charming Party. I absolutely LOVE that site for party inspiration. I don't have a picture of my punch because I kept it in the kitchen to avoid messes in the dining room, so hers will have to do.
For the sugar cookies, I once again turned to Sweetapolita for her Sugar Cookie recipe. I used a basic corn syrup, powdered sugar, milk icing for the outline and filling and then while the pink was still wet I covered it with pink sanding sugar. This is my go-to cookie recipe for sugar cookies now, it was so easy to work with and the cookies weren't too hard or so soft that they didn't hold their shape.
I made some pom-pom's out of the tissue paper from the gifts we got at her baby shower. I thought it was a sweet touch to recycle all that tissue in a somewhat meaningful way. We also got a helium tank for her 36" pink balloon and all the smaller pink and yellow balloons for the kids to take home. What kid doesn't love a balloon?
The pink bags are filled with Caramel Corn, I use the recipe in Better Homes and Gardens Best Loved Community Recipes. Unfortunately, the book isn't readily available anymore, but you can occasionally find used copies on Amazon. Volume I and II are my two favorite cookbooks ever, they're compilations of the best church/community cookbook recipes.
The jars are filled with jellybeans and personalized M & M's, I've gotten personalized M & M's for both birthdays so far and they are NOT cheap, but it's such a cute touch.
I made Lemon & Strawberry Marshmallows, then I put them on sticks and dipped the bottoms in white chocolate. The kids loved these, my favorite were the lemon ones.
For party favors I bought large Whirlypops from Bulk Candy Store, they had the best prices I could find and I was so pleased with what I got last year that I used them again this year for Round-up pop favors. I designed and printed out circles that say "Thank you for making my birthday so sweet!" on the outside of the yellow, then her name and the number 1. Then I ran them through a Xyron 510, with sticker paper in it. I finished them off with a sweet pink bow.
Using similar fonts and patterns I made a banner that we printed out and I cut. I adore Photoshop! I glued each letter onto pink and white twine and hubby taped it up for me.
She had a big pink balloon last year, just like the red one this year. Party Explosions on Amazon has been a good source for 36" large balloons with a good thick latex that holds the helium and lasts a while.
Again, using the same colors from the lollipop stickers and the banner I made a little bunting for her highchair, the balloon was tied to the back. I just glued the little paper bunting flags onto pink and white twine, then taped it to her chair. A small detail, but so cute. I really limited her sugar intake until her second birthday, so for her first birthday I made a simple vanilla cupcake with very lightly sweetened whip cream for the top. She loved it and made a mess and I didn't have a crabby sugar crashed baby girl. Even now I scrape the frosting off her cake and cupcakes, probably because I scrape it off of my own.
I got a guest book with the intent of using it each year, but I had a better idea this year which I'll be using from now on. I'll share my idea later this week.