Posts Tagged ‘1st Birthday’

Away We Go Transportation Party Printables + Coloring Pages from Chieu Urban


How wonderful are these "Away we Go" transportation party printables designed by Chieu Anh Urban, based on her baby-preschool book, Away We Go! A Shape and Seek Book. These printables would be perfect at styling your boy 1st birthday or boy baby shower.

The collection includes: cupcake flags, banner (with pennants for birthday or baby shower), thank you cards, tented display cards, welcome signs, shape signs, and 17 coloring pages (to keep your little guests busy)!


Here are the individual files...









These party printables coordinate perfectly with the Away We Go! A Shape and Seek Book by Chiêu Anh Urban, published with Scholastic, Cartwheel.  It's a fun board book about shapes and things-that-go for baby-preschool age (and a perfect favor gift for your party).
To see more Away We Go! treats and craft activities please visit Chiêu's blog.

{TRENDS} Gorgeous Ladybug Parties + Free Printables

Here's an assortment of gorgeous ladybug parties from our site.

This theme work great for girl birthdays, 1st birthdays, and even baby showers. Ladybugs are considered good luck in many cultures, which makes these parties extra special. Plus, you can add lots of cute garden elements to your party, like grass, flowers, watering cans, flower pots, etc.

Also, scroll down to see our set of free ladybug printables to help you decorate your own party!

Click on the photo or link below to see the whole party...

Uche N's Ladybug 1st birthday


Love the Day's A Little Lady, Ladybug Party


Helen T's Anya's 1st Birthday


Mek R's Anya's 1st Birthday


Suzi W's Ella's Ladybird Party (ladybugs!)


Jenn R's Adaline's Ladybug Picnic


Sweet Memories Party Designs' Little Miss Lady Bug


Jackie S's Sophia's 1st Birthday


Sweet Soirees' Delilah's 1st Birthday


And here are our ladybug party printables designed by Printabelle.

The set includes: A  “Ladybug Love” welcome sign, party circles, gift bag circles, gift tags, gift boxes, water bottle labels, mini candy bar labels, “Ladybug Love” banner (big and small), invitations, treat bag toppers, tented cards, thank you cards, bookmarks, and free coloring sheet.


 For more inspiration, check out all the ladybug parties on our site!

FREE Bumble Bee Party Printables from Printabelle

If you're looking for a cute 1st birthday theme or baby shower theme, how about bumble bees? And now that we're giving away this set of adorable free "Little Honey" bumble bee printables from Michelle at Printabelle, you'll have everything you'll need to make your party sparkle (or at least buzz). :)

The collection includes: invitations, cupcake toppers, gift tags, large party tags, "Little Honey" banner (large and small), mini candy bar wrappers, welcome sign, treat toppers, thank you and menu/place cards and water bottle labels.


Take a look at the whole collection...


And here are the individual files...


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And remember, if you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

For more party inspiration and ideas, check out all these sweet bumble bee parties on our site!


DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member: How to Make a Ribbon Covered Letter or Number

Stacy H threw such a fun, colorful party for her daughter's first birthday. Even the name of the party was cute...  Baby P's Polka Dotty Pool Party.

Stacy made lots of the decorations herself, including this adorable ribbon covered number "1."  (With a blog called She's {Kinda} Crafty you'd expect nothing less.) I asked Stacy if she'd put together a tutorial on how she made it, and she so generously said yes. Hooray! Here it is...


  • Paper Mache letter or number
  • 6 or more coordinating scrapbook ribbons (3/8")
  • Long length of a coordinating 1" ribbon
  • Fast drying glue or other adhesive (I LOVE Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue)
  • Scissors
  • Patterned Paper & Frame (optional)

Loosely measure the length of ribbon you need to wrap around your number or letter (leave enough to wrap around to the back). Depending on your number or letter you can pre-cut your strips of ribbon.

I only pre-cut enough for the "stems" of the R and the rest I cut as I went, loosely measuring each length one at a time. Apply one line of glue at a time and lay your ribbons down in whatever pattern you'd like (or go crazy and don't use a pattern!)

You could go ahead and glue ALL your ribbon on to your number or letter before flipping it over and gluing the ends to the back.

I stopped when I had reached a point where my pre-measured strips were all used up. Apply a bead of glue to the back edges of your number or letter and wrap the ribbon around.

You may need to hold the ribbon while the glue sets to keep everything straight.


Repeat on other side of number or letter.

Keep on going until your letter or number is completely covered.

Starting in a corner, apply a bead of glue about 1/4" from the top edge of your number or letter (I did about 8-10 linear inches at a time since I was using fast drying glue).

Continue this around your number or letter until you've gotten back to the beginning, overlapping about a 1/2" at the end. It doesn't matter what the back looks like!


Viola! You are done!

You can also mount the number to a frame by cutting a piece of patterned paper to the size of your frame (this one is 8x10), removing the glass of your frame, insert the paper and close the frame up. Then add a whole bunch of glue to the back of your number or letter and stick it right on the patterned paper!

Don't worry about having to buy a new frame, just take one out of your house because after your party you can just take the paper & number out & pop the glass back into your frame! (However, I did buy this frame at Target for about $4.)

Such a fun project! Thank you again, Stacy for putting this together. To learn more about Stacy and see all the crafts she makes, please check out her blog, She's {Kinda} Crafty. Also, take a look at the rest of her pool party photos. So much cuteness!

If you make a ribbon covered letter or number for your next party, please send photos to, I'd love to post it.

Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Butterfly Mobile

How lovely are these butterfly mobiles Carey B made for her Butterfly Garden for Avery Party. They are so delicate and beautiful...

I asked Carey how she made them and she generously put together this DIY tutorial. Thank you, Carey!


  • Wreath - mine was a 12" from The Dollar tree
  • Fishing Line
  • Ribbon
  • Tulle
  • Greenery
  • Scissors
  • Die Cut Shapes in various sizes
  • Double Sided Tape or Glue Dots
(All instructions and measurements are for a 12" wreath)

Step 1:

Wrap wreath with greenery (18") and ribbon (60") as desired.

Step 2:

Cut 32 small die cut butterflies and 32 medium die cut butterflies. (If you don't have a die cut machine you can trace shapes using cookie cutters or print a shape from Microsoft clipart.)

Cut 4 strands of 22" long fishing line.

Using double sided tape or glue dots stick coordinating front and back of each shaped butterfly to the 22" long strand of fishing wire.  Start your top set of butterflies 5" from the top.

Alternate one small set with one medium set or whatever pattern you choose. I used 2 sets of each size on a strand.

Only place glue in the "body" portion of the butterfly so that you can separate the wings into 3-D form. You will create 4 strands.

Step 3:

Cut 24 pieces of tulle - 20" long and 5" wide.

Using 3 pieces of tulle, I made 8 mini poms using the accordion fold tissue paper pom technique. But I have since discovered there are easier ways to make them as shown on Once Wed. Lesson learned for next time!

Step 4:

Tie 2 poms to a 18" strand of fishing line leaving space in between to tie a coordinating bow. Also leave 3-5" of space from the top so you have room to tie the strand onto the wreath. You will create 4 strands.

Step 5:

Tie your four strands with butterflies and your four strands with poms around the wreath. I alternated the strands and tied at various heights. Trim the fishing line at the top.

Step 6:

Cut 4 strands of ribbon at 24" length to tie onto the wreath for hanging. Tie each ribbon onto the evenly.

Step 7:

This is where it gets a bit tricky for me. Grab all four of the ribbons you just tied on and gather them together above the wreath. The wreath will be hanging below you.

Tie those four ribbons in a knot at the top once you have it balanced where all sides are hanging even. I have to stand to do this and I find an extra set of eyes is  helpful to make sure I have all sides even.

Step 8:

Hang from the ceiling with a hook or I simply used a push pin since I knew it would be coming down in a few hours.

Enjoy! I am happy to help with any questions. So many possibilities with Easter right around the corner.

Thank you again, Carey, for putting this tutorial together!

To learn more about Carey and read about all her crafting and party planning adventures, please check out her blog, With Joy, and also check out her other gorgeous parties on our site including her out of this world butterfly garden party.

If you make a mobile for your next party, please send photos to I'd love to show it off!

TRENDS: Little Red Wagon Birthdays on Catch My Party

I'm loving the trend of little red wagon 1st birthdays we've seen on our main site. They have such a sweet retro feel. If you're looking for a theme for your 1 year old boy, this could be it...

Katie W's Corbin's Little Red Wagon 1st Birthday


Melody F's Red Wagon First Birthday

Brittanie G's Little Red Wagon 1st Birthday

Gina F's Cooper's 1st Birthday



Cute, right?

If you like these, take a look at all our other toy themed parties on our main site. There are some great ideas here.


This week's party photo comes from Kelly S's David's 1st Birthday.

The party had a "construction" theme, so how much do we love an adorable older sister in work goggles!

What a creative party Kelly put together for her son David (who is just as cute as his sister)!


This week's party photo takes my breath away.

It comes from Kallie Brynn B's Owl and Peaches First Birthday

Kallie is a lifestyle and wedding photographer.  To find out more about her, check out her blog.  Also, please take a look at her gorgeous party photos on our site, from both her Owl and Peaches First Birthday and her 25th Birthday Fiesta.

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