Hi There, I am Katie J!
Welcome to my Blog, Parties by Katie J. I have a Passion for Creating Fun & Unique Parties; and Love Celebrating with Family & Friends. I am Fiancee to my Incredibly Patient & Supportive Partner, Beau. Together we have 3 Amazing Kiddos; Donte (11), Isla (7) and Baby Paige (2).
I have an Online Store, Katie J Design & Events where I Create & Sell Personalised Party Decorations & Supplies; Custom Wine Labels & Gifts. I have a Double Diploma in Events & Hospitality Management. This is my Little Space to Share the Fun Stuff that we do x
Paige's Lady Bug Themed 1st Birthday Party!
I was so Excited to plan Paige's Lady Bug themed First Birthday. It had been 6 years since our last First Birthday and it truly was a milestone that we had survived the 12 months prior with 2 other monkeys and both of us working full time. What a Beautiful day it was, spent with our family and friends.
Lady Bug Party Area & Setup
We chose Red & Black as the Colours for Paige's Party and they contrasted so well together. The Party Area was decked out in Red & Black and Ladbugs wherever you turned. I even made Personalised Lady Bug Wine labels for the day.
All of the Party Decorations and Supplies were from Katie J Design and Events; the Bunting/Banners, Posters, Wall Displays, Party Bags, Chocolate, Water and Pop top labels.
Lady Bug First Birthday Photo Banner
Not the Best Photo of it, the light was in the worst position when I tried to take photos. Using our lattice wall I created a Photo Montage of Paige, with a photo of her each month since she was born. It was a Gorgeous way to see how she had changed over the last 12 months.
Lady Bug Birthday Outfit
As soon as I saw this Outfit on Etsy, I knew that I wanted it. It was so Adorable. I'm glad I started planning early as it was made it in the US and I was so thankful I had the time to have it shipped in time. A Big Shoutout to Baby Trendzz for the Gorgeous Custom Outfit that they made for Paige.
Lady Bug Party Food
We had some Gorgeous Lady Bug themed Party Food on the day. There were Lady Bug Cupcakes; Marshmallows on sticks dipped in Chocolate and Red Sprinkles, Strawberries dipped in Chocolate and White Cashous balls, and Iced Lady Bug Biscuits.
Lady Bug Birthday Cake
Paige's 1st Birthday Cake was so Beautiful it looked like we could have brought it. Maybe I am a little Modest but I was so proud of my partner for making this. He spent weeks on YouTube trialling different techniques.
It was a 3 Layered Cake, all with different flavours and coloured fondant. Decorated with Satin Ribbon, a 1st Birthday candle and Fondant decorations which he brought off eBay.
My Partner, Beau also made Paige's 'Smash Cake'. He carved a Round Chocolate Sponge into an oval shape and decorated with Red & Black Buttercream frosting and Fondant eyes, mouth and antennae.
Lady Bug Cake Smash
We had a Gorgeous Cake Smash the day of Paige's 1st Birthday right after we cut the cake. It was a DIY setup, with a White Cloth over our Concrete floor and Crepe Streamer hung behind. The Crepe Streamer was super easy to make with a Long Piece of Dowel and long strips of Crepe double over the ply and stapled in place at the top.
Paige would have to have been the Cleanest child I had ever seen at a Cake Smash. Not one mark on her white top but looking super cute as she delicately ate her cake.
Baby Birthday Party Play Area
We made a Play Area for Paige to have fun in at her Birthday Party. She was the only Baby there, so we had a Jumping Castle down the backyard for all of the other kids and she had her own special play area. We used Bamboo to fence off her are so that she couldn't get into the garden or down the stairs to the backyard. We used foam camping mats to create a colourful and soft ground for play as she was not yet walking. And we were lucky enough to get this Inflatable Slide with Ball pit from Kmart for $30. Needless to say she had so much fun we left it up for a couple of weeks for her to play in.
Lady Bug Party Decorations & Supplies
I have lots of Lady Bug Party Decorations over at Katie J Design and Events, this design is Gorgeous and was created just for Paige's 1st Birthday. It is Available in Red or Pink. Click Here to check out the Full range.
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