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Ramona’s First Birthday

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This post share’s Ramona’s modern handmade first birthday party filled with a DIY balloon garland to beautifully wrapped presents and DIY party hats with pom pom toppers and a DIY cake topper. This post may contain affiliate links. You can read more about that here.

Ramona’s modern handmade first birthday party

Hello hello! So excited to share the decor from Ramona’s first birthday party today, as well as some family photos the wonderful Stadtkind Photography took of us in our home 🙂 Here’s a shot of the setup.

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I really wanted to do a balloon garland, so that’s the focus of the decor. I actually didn’t do much, just the balloon garland, a few helium balloons, a card table with table cloth for gifts, a small cake, and some coordinating plates and cups.

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

The metallic mauve, metallic gold, and black and white marbled balloons are all from Paperboy Party’s Etsy shop. They were STUNNING. His tagline is “Modern Paper and Party Supplies,” so if that’s your vibe, he’s your guy!

Since the special balloons were a bit on the pricer side, I tried to make them the main focus of the garland while filling in with plain black and white balloons from Party City.

The large black helium balloon and the big number 1 balloon were also from Party City. Ramona was pretty terrified of those for some reason…but not the garland? Maybe the way they moved freaked her out. Not going to lie though, it was kind of adorable.

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

I wrapped her presents from us and my parents in plain brown paper I have for Christmas presents, as well as two cute wrapping papers I snagged at Homegoods. I love getting wrapping paper at places like that because you can usually get some really high-end wrapping paper for steeply discounted prices. Most of the ribbons are from the dollar store. 🙂

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

We got a small, simple cake from a local bakery, and I put a DIY cake topper on it. The total cost was about $1…and I think it turned out great! I loved the simple look of the cake with the bold number 1. We didn’t do a smash cake or anything like that.

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Annnd you may have noticed the adorable party hats. Ramona loved playing with them. I made them out of scrapbook paper, and the poofs are made of clearance bin yarn.

Yes, tutorial for those coming soon. 🙂

DIY scrapbook paper and yarn pom pom party hats for Tootie's first birthday party! #crafts #firstbirthdayparty #partyideas #partycrafts #yarnpompoms

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Family Photos

We were way overdue for some family photos, too, so we had an in-home session the morning of her party. Annette from Stadtkind Photography did a wonderful job capturing our family.  Here are some of the images she took in the party area of the house…we love these images because we have so few photos of all of us!

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

The Party

I decided not to really take any pics at the actual party so I could hang out and enjoy myself and visit with everyone, so the only shots I have are the two I took of Ramona meeting her cousin (my cousin’s baby) Addison before the party…

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

And the few shots my cousin took at the party. I love the shots with my mom 🙂

And that’s that! We had a great time hosting family and watching Tootie fuss around with tissue paper. Her favorite present? The pink ball I got her from the dollar store. May she always be this easy to please…

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Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

Ramona's modern handmade first birthday party. Looking for modern birthday party decor ideas? #modernfirstbirthday #firstbirthdaydecor #chicfirstbirthday #blackandwhiteballoons #goldballons #firstbirthday #balloongarland #DIYpartyhats #diycaketopper #monochromebirthday

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Jenn Meyers

Thursday 13th of December 2018

Awwwwww everything is so beautiful!! Looks like it was a blast too. Love it :).

Brittany Goldwyn

Thursday 13th of December 2018

Thank you so much Jenn!! It was great. Definitely the perfect size. And I can't remember if I mentioned it in the post, but we just did Chipotle catering for the food. So worth it for less stress...and leftovers

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