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Baby Girl’s First Birthday Invitation


I hope you all will help me decide which picture to use for my baby girl’s first birthday invitation! I took a poll of my family on Facebook, and after several responses, they were no help at all lol. It was a full on tie, so ball is back in my court and I can’t decide.

I cannot believe Sydney is a month away from one! I cannot believe my last baby is almost a toddler. While I was extrememly upset about this when John graduated, there’s a part of me that is just so happy I made it through this super tough year.

Sydney was extremely colic for 6 months and didn’t sleep a wink. She would freak out if we weren’t holding her, so I gave in just to keep the peace. I lived in our recliner day after day, night after night, so I’m not sure which I’ll be celebrating more at her birthday party, her first year of life or my survival lol.

Sometimes I don’t realize how much we’ve progressed until I look back on what we are able to do in a weekend, and this one was amazing. Months ago the goals were nap and shower. This weekend, I learned how to make yogurt, made a pumpkin cream cheese roll for John’s teacher’s birthday, we launched a rocket that John and daddy built together, and I took these pics for Sydney’s first birthday invitation.

We’re only inviting a few people over, mostly family, but a girl needs an invitation, right? These pics are inspired by a few I found on Pinterest – I tried to recreate this one of a baby in a tutu holding a giant pink balloon on a bridge, and I think I came as close as possible given different lighting and scenery. For fun, I also plopped her in a basket we had on hand and tied the balloon to the top so it would look like my baby girl was in a hot air balloon. Someone passing by asked if we were about to launch our baby and I yelled back, “I hope not” lol.

So please help me decide which pic to choose for my baby girl’s first birthday invitation. The pink hot air balloon, or her in a tutu holding the balloon on a bridge? My family either tied, or said both, so according to them, she is going to have a book style invitation for all 2 people invited!


If you’d like to recreate these pics, the most affordable 36″ latex balloons I could find were on Amazon, and the ivory tutu pettiskirt was from there as well. I’m going to blow all 6 balloons up and have them around the house for her party to coordinate with the invitation. The round seagrass basket is from Target. I made the bow with lace I found at Michael’s threaded onto an alligator clip.

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Your Thoughts?

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    Your daughter is too cute!! I love the one of her in the balloon and basket pic! Gorgeous

  • Amanda Simkin

    Those pictures of the birthday girl are just too adorable. I am loving all of these pictures I keep seeing of huge balloons…can’t wait to get one for my boys’ parties, as well as for some blogging stuff!

  • Happy Birthday! Those photos are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the link to the tutu

  • ♥Nancy♥

    Awww…I love both pictures. I can see why you would have trouble selecting one for her birthday invitations! If I had to pick one, I think the basket is my favorite! What a doll! <3

  • It’s hard to choose because both pictures are adorable, but I think I like the basket pic. Advance Happy Birthday to her.

  • Nikki

    I love the second one! But both are adorable omg! I think these two photos are perfect to combine i her invitation.

  • WhispersInspire

    Both adorable pictures! She’s too darn cute! I would choose the second pic of her in the hot air balloon.

  • chubskulit

    Oh my gosh, those are the most adorable pictures ever for a first birthday! I remember ordering my daughter’s first bday invitation, it was exciting!

  • I love both ideas but since I have to help choose 1. I like the hot air balloon the best.

  • Melissa Dixon

    I love hot air balloons. They are so pretty. My daughter’s friend is always hot air ballooning so we are fans for sure!

  • Kathy

    These are such great ideas. Your daughter is so cute too! That hot air balloon is to cute! I love it.

  • Chrishelle Ebner

    What a cutie pie. Happy birthday to this sweetie pie. I love the pink hot air balloon with a basket. She is just too sweet.

  • Chrissy Hme

    She is sooo cute and so is that photo! This is a really adorable idea for an invitation, I love the hot air balloon idea!

  • Lynn Dee

    Both photos are super adorable and I’m having a hard time selecting. But I think I’ll go with the pink hot air balloon because she’s smiling in that photo which is just SO cute!

  • ckrusch

    Those are the most adorable pictures ever for a first birthday! She’s soooo cute!

  • Oh my gosh, they are both so stinkin cute. I love the second one best out of the two but both are just adorable.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg cuteness overload!!!! Just loving the tutu!!! My daughter wore a similar one in her 1st birthday invites shoot :)

  • That is too adorable! My daughter turned 1 today too and would have loved to get a BIG pink balloon for her! Maybe for her next birthday!

    • ohhh, happy birthday to your daughter @mariellealtenor:disqus :)

  • Jessica Simms

    Both are uber adorable! I think number 2 as the hot air balloon one was my ultimate favorite. Her smile is so darn cute!

  • Eloise Maoudj Riley

    both are super cute and you can’t go wrong with either one! the background on the first photo is awesome, but the humor with the hot air balloon in the 2nd photo is super cute!

  • These pictures are gorgoeus! I need to do a one-year-old birthday shoot for my son. The balloon idea is so clever!

    • i hope you’ll share your 1st birthday invitation pics. i’d love to see :)

  • Both are cute, I would pick the one in the tutu!

  • Definitely the pink hotair ballon! What a cutie, I can’t believe she’s almost 1. Congratulations!

    • thank you so much @CristineYvonne:disqus ! have a happy weekend!

  • Patti LeBlanc

    Tough decision. They’re adorable!

  • Jennifer

    Both photos are gorgeous but I do love the second one. I really like the way you take the photo, very impressive. wishing a happy birthday to your little cutie. What a adorable girl.

  • Rosie M. Jordan

    Gosh! It’s over-cute. I can’t stand looking at the second one. Wish she had a wonderful birthday!