Pink First Birthday Party

When you’re born into the world after two big brothers, odds are your mama is going to make sure you are immersed in plenty of pink to balance out all those years of blue. So naturally, it only makes sense that your first birthday party would follow the same theme…

Pink First Birthday Party | {Five Heart Home}

A little over a year ago when we were expecting our third child, we decided that we didn’t want to find out the gender ahead of time. Already having two sweet boys, I think I was more surprised than anyone when the doctor said, “It’s a girl!” On the happy day that we welcomed our daughter into the family, it didn’t take me long to conjure up visions of bows and tutus and a very pink, very girly first birthday party.

So without further ado, here are the pictures and party details of our little one’s Pink First Birthday Party!

I baked my daughter a smash cake using my dairy-free, egg-free First Birthday Applesauce Cake recipe and I attempted to create a pink ombre effect when I frosted it. Since I have a paranoia regarding food coloring — particularly when it comes to feeding it to my baby — I tried out the India Tree brand of vegetable-based natural decorating color. I can’t vouch for the other colors, but I was pleased with the shades of pink that I was able to attain using India Tree red coloring.

I also whipped up some Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting for our party guests…yum!

Pink First Birthday Party ~ First Birthday Applesauce Cake and Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes | {Five Heart Home}Believe it or not, the most frustrating aspect of planning this party was tracking down pink cotton candy! I had the bright idea to fill ice cream cones (dipped in pink-tinted white chocolate and coated in pink sprinkles!) with balls of cotton candy in lieu of ice cream. But through multiple stores, my search for solid pink-colored cotton candy was fruitless. So I ended up buying rainbow cotton candy and picking out the other colors to achieve (mostly) pink cones. Ah, the sacrifices we make for our children… πŸ˜‰

I individually wrapped the cones in cellophane bags tied with (guess what color?) pink ribbon so that party guests could take them home as favors in case they were already feeling sugared out at the party. I also supplied the dessert table with a batch of my favorite Coconut Macaroons and dipped or drizzled each cookie with pink-tinted white chocolate. What can I say? When I decide on a theme, I embrace it whole heartedly.

Pink First Birthday Party ~ Pink Cotton Candy "Ice Cream" Cones and Pink White Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons | {Five Heart Home} Other sweet treats included various shades of pink candy in the form of jelly beans and M&Ms. (Shout-out to the hubby for scouring the candy aisle at the grocery store to procure the perfect pink candies!) And I thought it would be wise to include a bit of fruit amidst all of the sweets, so I also skewered grapes and watermelon stars (cut out with a cookie cutter) into pinkish wands.

As far as decor, I made a pink ombre bunting by knotting quilting strips of fabric along a thin rope. And all of the adorable printables were custom designed for me by Holly at Mimi’s Dollhouse. I had purchased party printables from the same shop for my son’s pool themed birthday party in August, and I was so pleased with how everything turned out that I thought I’d check back when it was time to track down some pink decor. I didn’t initially find what I had in mind, so Holly was happy to put together a printable set inspired by my vague description of “different patterns in different shades of pink.” I just loved the way the invitation, birthday banners, cupcake toppers, water bottle wrappers, candy bar wrappers, thank you tags, and various other party printables turned out, with their fun mix of chevron, polka-dots, stripes, and bunting detail!

I think my very favorite printable, however, was the first year banner. It included a banner piece for each month of my daughter’s life, from first born all the way to 12 months. It was like a trip down memory lane putting the banner together (*sniff, sniff*), and I think all of the party guests really enjoyed seeing how much our baby girl has changed over the months.

Pink First Birthday Party ~ First Birthday Applesauce Cake and Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes | {Five Heart Home}One of my most beloved birthday party traditions is choosing a children’s book that matches the theme of the party and then having all of the party guests sign it as a guest book. It’s so much fun to re-read those books down the road and remember all of the loved ones who helped celebrate that birthday!

We had boy and girl party guests of different ages, so I wanted to find a gender-neutral party favor that would appeal to the little ones as well as the older kiddos. I ended up tracking down some cute dry erase boards and pencils in the back-to-school aisle, so I just pink-ified them with a pink-wrapped Hershey’s bar and lots of pink curling ribbon.

Now it goes without saying that a cute birthday girl requires a cute birthday outfit! I found an adorable onesie featuring a “1” made out of pink rosettes with a matching tutu and hair bow at a darling Etsy shop called Sweet Caroline Crafts. But we didn’t want to ruin such a precious outfit with cake, so she changed into a Mud Pie cupcake bib and matching bloomers (ordered from Amazon) for her first birthday cake smash.

Pink First Birthday Party ~ Children's Book as Guest Book, Party Favors, and Outfits for the 1-Year-Old | {Five Heart Home}I think that’s about it for the party details. I do believe it’s time for cake!

Pink-First-Birthday-Party-by-Five-Heart-Home_700pxCollage5“My colors are blush and bashful.”

“Your colors are pink and pink.”

Someone was a little distraught after getting all of the frosting washed off, but a bit of jumping in the bouncy house with Mama made it all better.

Pink-First-Birthday-Party-by-Five-Heart-Home_700pxCollage6I had so much fun planning my daughter’s pink party and I’m already looking forward to another sweet, girly theme for next year. I’m thinking I better take advantage while I can…because after all of the pink she’s been subjected to from an early age, this little girl might just end up being a big ol’ tomboy! πŸ˜‰

This post may be linked up to Live Laugh Rowe, House of Rose, 4 Little Fergusons, Mandy’s Recipe Box, Lil’ Luna, Uncommon Designs, and these fabulous parties!



  1. I found your blog a few weeks ago I love your recipes and ideas. Your pb&j muffins are what got me hooked. Thank you for sharing your sweet girls 1st birthday. It brings me back to my girls birthday’s and their smash cakes, and all the pink πŸ™‚ I LOVE the cotton candy ice cream cones I think that may be the birthday treat for my younger one – it’s so her. Just wanted to let you know I really enjoy your blog – thanks for sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much for the sweet words, Kristin…you made my morning! I’m very happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying the blog, and I’m honored to have you as a regular reader. πŸ™‚

      I hope that the cotton candy ice cream cones are a hit for your younger daughter’s birthday! My only advice is that if you prefer a certain color of cotton candy, start looking for it early… πŸ˜‰

      Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks again for the thoughtful comment!

  2. How cute! I love your book tradition. My daughter turns one in November and Im planning a pink and gold theme. I think the smash cake is my favorite part about 1st birthdays!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I agree, Kelsey…watching the baby dig into the smash cake is so cute and well worth the mess of cleaning it all up… πŸ˜‰ Happy almost birthday to your daughter! Her pink and gold theme sounds fabulous. πŸ™‚

  3. You’re killing me with cute! This entire party is so festive and pretty. I can definitely tell you’re loving having that little princess to dress up…I can understand that since you’ve got 2 boys. Enjoy that sweet little girl!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Awww…thanks so much, Jelli! Yes, I have definitely been savoring every minute of dressing up a little girl! I’m still trying to wrap my head around all of the accessories involved, but it’s been fun. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you have a great week!

  4. Cute, cute, cute, and that baby girl is even cuter! ~Zuni

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Zuni! I had fun putting the party together, and we happen to think the birthday girl is pretty cute, too… πŸ˜‰

  5. Carmen Fenton says:

    I can’t believe I missed this post and am just now reading it! You are the birthday queen. My goodness what a photo-perfect party with all the finishing touches…love it! And there is just something about Mud Pie bloomers that get me every. single. time. Love.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Carmen…it was a lot of fun to plan! After all, I’ve had visions of an all-pink party in my head for a year now… πŸ™‚ And I totally agree…any bloomers with cuteness on the bottom are hard to resist!

  6. Adorable is the only word to describe this party!!! I also have 2 boys and a girl, and have definitely done my fair share of buying pink and sparkly goodness for my girl as she has grown! Just a tad more fun than boy clothes/things! πŸ˜‰

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Jocelyn! Isn’t it fun dressing a girl?! The accessories become a little overwhelming to me at times (and I will say that the simplicity of dressing a boy has its merits — shirt, pants, one pair of shoes to choose from, done!), but the cuteness factor of girly things makes up for any added stress that they may cause! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. Adorable!! I’m 33 and would love to have a pink party like this!! Thanks for linking up to Wake up Wednesdays! Pinned!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha, Meghan…me, too! I have a rekindled fondness for pink since having my daughter. And my three kids have birthdays all in a row, with the last one coming up next week, so I’m about ready for someone to throw me a party! πŸ˜‰ I appreciate the pin!

  8. I want a baby girl just so I can have this party! LOVE everything about it

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Heather…I enjoy planning parties, but this one was especially fun to put together! πŸ™‚

  9. Gorgeous party! Looks like a lot of fun too. I will be pinning this for my daughter’s 3rd birthday next year, she is so very into pink.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Sarah…it was a great time for everyone! πŸ™‚ I appreciate the pin and I hope you have fun planning your daughter’s 3rd birthday! It flies by, doesn’t it?

  10. Oh my goodness what a DARLING first birthday party… and the cutest little birthday girl too! I love, love, love all of the pink details (especially her cute little outfits!) and, having only boys, I am so living vicariously through you right now! Wonderful job, mama! What wonderful memories I’m sure you’ll have of this day!

    ~Abby =)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks for the sweet words, Abby…it was so much fun to plan and execute a pink party for a change! But don’t get me wrong…I’ve equally enjoyed throwing all of those boy parties over the years, too! In fact, I have another one next week. πŸ˜‰ Hope you have a great weekend with your crew…I’m so happy you stopped by!

  11. Suburbsmama says:

    AW! Such a beautiful birthday party! Happy Birthday Baby Girl! Thanks for linking up!

  12. I love this pretty pink birthday! My girl is turning one and I would love to do this! Do you have printables on this? This is so adorable!


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