a polka dot picnic {plus a mini gift bag tutorial!}

a few weeks ago we celebrated livi’s 1st birthday with a polka dot picnic themed birthday party at the park. it was a perfect fall day, and as our guests pointed out oh so many times, i was not wearing my polka dots as the invitation suggested everyone should. hostess fail. everything was so crazy that morning that i completely forgot to throw on my polka dot scarf!

See Spot Run - A Polka Dot Picnic 1st Birthday! // The Modern Locket

before we get to the party, here are some of livi’s favorite things at the moment and some stats. i swear our daughter isn’t a cat. i swear! she does really love yarn though…

1st bday livi statslivis favorites

like, a lot. she loves yarn A LOT. she wrastles it like it’s fightin’ back.

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back to the party. i made a felt banner to hang for a little extra festive-ness. i plan on doing a step-by-step tutorial, complete with a pattern, later on this month. i left out “birth” intentionally so that it’s perfect to use for many occasions – plus, it’s a really gross word. 😉 my favorite part of the party tablescape is the shadow box. i gave up my scrapbooking days long ago for the more streamlined photo book that can be customized and purchased online. i can’t turn my back on some technology based streamlining and efficiency, but i’m so glad i made this. it makes my heart happy to see it every day on a shelf in livi’s room and thought it would be the perfect addition to the table. maybe i’ll post something about how i made this shadowbox. it’s really easy, but there are definitely some things to use in order to make the process go a bit more smoothly.

mini-tutorial! first birthday picnic gift bags for boys and girls // the modern locket

{A Picnic Gift Bag Mini-Tutorial}
what’s  better for a gift bag at a picnic than the good old brown paper sack? they’re super cheap at $1 for a 100ct package of traditional brown at target, but they have a few colors available, too. i used a pair of edger scissors from my stash to cut the tops off the bags, punch holes for the baker’s twine and modified this template from The Pretty Blog  for the thank you tags. i wanted to be able to immediately know whether or not the bag was meant for a boy or a girl and also tie in the theme of the party somehow. i thought about making a potato stamp, but decided i wanted a more unfinished look. lo & behold, wouldn’t you know? wrapping a tissue around your finger to “stamp” the page willy nilly with some overlap before it’s printed on is a wonderful effect! cut out your tags, loop some pretty bakers twine through punched holes and you’ve got a cute gift bag that’s not going to break your party bank.

mini-tutorial! first birthday picnic gift bags for boys and girls // the modern locketshadow box display at 1st birthday

dave & friends swooped around expertly hanging lanterns in the middle of the pavilion and covered tables. dave even came up with a quick centerpiece for the tables by stacking & taping some extra tissue fans. my man constantly amazes me. 🙂

lanternstabledecor on the fly

a special shout-out to jenny, a family friend that’s more like family, who made livi’s super cute tutu & headband!  she’s so talented! we enjoyed a picnic lunch and the kids all played at the playground right next to us. livi really enjoyed her caramel apple cupcake with cream cheese icing filling! and i really enjoyed having our friends and family there to celebrate. i almost didn’t have a party for her because i thought, “she’s only 1 and she’ll never remember it!” but with photos she will. and she will know that she was loved by a village. 🙂

cupcakeccuteness // the modern locket