For years I have always been in awe about how cool and crafty my sister-in-law Ashlee is.  She always gives the best presents, mainly because she hand-makes many of them so that they are more sentimental.  Ashlee is the person that can atually create a Pinterest Project and it looks like the picture!

This past weekend Ashlee and my brother-in-law’s beautiful daughter, Kate Evelyn, turned one! Family and friends from all over came to celebrate Kate’s birthday and her family planned an outdoor celebration to ring in this milestone event.  The second we showed up at the party I knew I wanted to blog about the event.  True to form, it was fun, cute, whimsical, and chic.  I love that she made most of the decorations.  The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed being outside.  

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The food was perfect.  Ashlee served popcorn and potato chips in cute bags, fresh fruit, perfectly cut finger sandwiches, vegetables and dip, cookies, cake, and much more. I loved the bags filled with popcorn and potato chips because they provided a decoration and were easy for the smaller kids to manage. The finger sandwiches came from a bakery in Katy called Sweet and Salty. If you wanted to save money and make them yourself, just use a very sharp knife and have wet paper towels to keep the bread moist.  Cut the sandwiches in half right before guest arrive to keep them fresh. 

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Guests had a wide variety of beverage choices that helped quench their thirst from being outside.  The lemons placed in the drink dispensers added flavor and color.

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The main food table was beautiful and creative.  Ashlee used colored card stock, geometric craft punches, and a sewing machine to create festive garland.  This is a very inexpensive, easy to make decoration.  For my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday, Ashlee and I punched out different colored small circles and made lots of cute garland. 

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Two very cute decorations included a photo collage and the letter K decorated with flowers.   You can find large wooden letters at any craft store and then hot glue the fresh flowers to the back. 

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One of my favorite features at the party were the fun tissue paper flowers.  Ashlee strung some of them up in the backyard and the rest were placed around the party for the kids to play with.  This is another inexpensive party decoration that adds the special touch.  There are lots of online tutorials that show you how to make the different flowers.  I would probably buy the tissue paper online or at Hobby Lobby so that I could use the 40% off coupon. 

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The final touch that put the party to the next level was the fun activities targeting both the kids and adults.  I would have to say this was one of the best parties I have been to because it was laid back, but had a ton of special, unique touches. I know my sweet niece Kate will probably not remember her first birthday party, but she will have lots of pretty pictures to look at!

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