When it came time to planning my daughter Annabelle’s first birthday I knew it had to be as cute as she is! (Indulge a proud mom). She is so girly and sassy I knew she needed something with just a little spunk. So what could be more perfect than a lady bug that’s gone PINK! Just a little bored with the same old red and black, this little lady took it up a notch and added a little sass to a simple lady bug birthday theme.

I started by designing the Pink Love Bug invitation. If I was going to make the lady bug pink, why not make the dots white!  It wouldn’t be a Love Bug without hearts, and of course I had to add an adorable photo of the birthday girl!   (*The beautiful photo of Annabelle was taken by the incredibly talented Amber of ambershereephotography.com)

Affordable tip: If you are a Costco member their photo lab does a great job with photo cards – you can get 50 photo invitations for only $14.99 and the matching silver lined envelopes are included!

Instead of baking and decorating a huge 4 tier cake to serve all the guests I decided to scale down my cake plans and add cupcakes to make up the servings. I created matching pink lady bug cupcake toppers to tie it all together (the DIY printables are available in my shop). Next I went shopping for some scrapbook paper to create a banner for her highchair and created a custom birthday hat. Find the free template here!. I embellished the pink paper hat with feather trim and cardboard cutouts purchased at my local craft store.  The result was a perfectly spunky one-of-a-kind hat comparable to fabric ones sold in boutiques… but all for under $10!

Once upon a time I saw the cutest scalloped table cloth at a craft show. After searching relentlessly for one to match the party, I decided I had to create my own. Of course cost and sewing were obstacles. Accordingly, I created this magenta scalloped table topper using felt! At under $4 a yard, and no sewing required this darling touch added much bang for my buck.  I simply used a cake round (a small plate would work) to trace the scallops with sewing chalk, and then cut!

Of course, last but not least, the birthday girl herself had to match the theme! My mother-in-law, and awesome seamstress, Denice of Green Tulip made this adorable pillow case dress for Annabelle to wear on her big day.

(*You can find a step-by-step guide with photos to create your own pillow case dress by Susan Petersen for FreshlyPicked.)

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