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1st Birthday Party Decorations

by Amy Bowerman

Wow!  It has been one hell of a week!  I’ve been busy, busy, busy working on 1st birthday party decorations for a friend of mine.  I’ve worked non-stop for the past four days and couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out!  In addition to being pleased with my handiwork I am over the moon excited about being the  Featured Artist at the Kraft Journal this week and having my Red, White, and Blue Paper Flowers showcased.  I feel like one of the little aliens from Toy Story being “chosen”.  The challenge this week at the Kraft Journal is Something Borrowed, Something Blue.  I never thought I would run out of Kraft paper but I went a little Kraft crazy with these party decorations.  My supply is now waning,  I’m going to have to re-up soon!

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Moose and Zee Paper Flower Centerpiece

I created this Paper Flower centerpiece around Moose and Zee from Nickelodeon…I consider the design for them to be my “borrowed” part of the challenge….and the blue well you will see that throughout along with some old…and A LOT of new.  Moose and Zee were mostly made from fun foam.  However, I did use Kraft card stock for moose’s antlers and embossed it with a Tim Holtz embossing folder (wood grain).  I also included an itty bitty paper flower on Zee’s head.

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Moose and Zee

There is a Kraft paper flower in the background.   I love coloring Kraft paper with distress ink.  It gives the ink such an interesting tone and adds another dimension to my color pallet when combined with patterned and colored cardstock.

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Button Flowers TOO!!

I added the button flowers to fill space…I had to make four of these paper flower arrangements and a personalized birthday banner which left me pretty pressed for time.  I’ve had these buttons for quite sometime and was happy to use them up since I just bought a boat load of new buttons and need the space to store them.  I think they look pretty darn cute if I do say so myself.

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Second Position


1st birthday party decorations

Party in the Back

I decided to display Moose and Zee in two different positions to add a little variety to the arrangements.  I was very happy with how well it worked when I lined all the paper flowers up side by side.

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Pretty little posies all in a row...

How cute are these!!  I just love them to death!  As Moose A. Moose would say these are the “Cute-E-est!!!

In addition to these centerpieces I also created a personalized birthday pennant banner.  I have wanted to make a pennant banner for some time now and am quite happy with how it turned out…considering this was my first try.

personalized birthday bannner

Personalized Birthday Banner

I wanted to use real stitching on the banner but with no one to show me how to use my sewing machine I had to use a stamp.  As if I needed an excuse to buy stamps!  Not having a stitch stamp warranted a trip to the craft store to pick up Stampers Anonymous “Seamless Experience” cling set….among other things :)   Now that I had my stitch on I could enter the pennant banner in Simon Says Stamp and show…some stitching. The banner is pretty long about 13.5 ft.  I don’t have a panoramic camera so I had to photograph it in pieces…bear with me…

pennant banner


birthday banner


birthday banner


birthday banner



personalized birthday banner


For the letters I used Heidi Grace punch-outs.  The scallops and ovals were die cut from chip board and I alternated between mounting Kraft and colored card stock on top of them.

pennant banner

White on Kraft

To add some interest behind the white letters I pulled the old white on Kraft routine and colored it with distress inks  (Wild Honey shown here) to bring out the white.  I put a lot of time into making this banner…about 3 days actually…yikes!  Naturally, I wanted to make this a nice keepsake that could be used again and again so I made the number portion removable to allow the child’s age to be changed each year.

personalized birthday banner

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th....

I plan on giving this to her in a nice photo box and I also have a small heart box from Valentine’s day which I plan to alter with left over Kraft cardstock to keep the numbers in….I went up to nine.

Thanks for coming by today…I’d love to hear what you think :)


*Please note: Moose and Zee are under the copyright of Nickelodeon.  These creations are for personal use ONLY.




{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 flowers Dublin January 2, 2012 at 4:38 am

Amazing idea and lovely creation. Best part of this idea is that it is Eco-Friendly. Specially little posies are looking awesome.


2 Natalie October 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Do you sell these centerpieces? I love them! My son turns one on st Patrick’s day and I want his party to be moose and zee. I would love to purchase these!!


3 Sylvia/LittleTreasures July 21, 2011 at 12:07 am

What beautiful vibrant colors so appropiate for summer and a birthday party. Wonderful potted decorations and your banner is awesome. Great idea about the age changing.. Do you do CAKES? I could just see a big bright cake done as one of those characters..Looks like you have a lot of fun doing these.


4 Amy Bowerman July 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

Thanks so much Sylvia for the lovely comment :) Unfortunately baking is not my strong suit I figured being a creative person cake decorating would be a breeze but no such luck my attempt at making an Elmo cake for my sons 1st Bday was an epic fail! Now I stick strictly to decorating cupcakes.


5 Kim Costello July 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Wow stunning banner Amy all the details are fabulous!!!
♥ Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!
BiG HuGs Kim :)


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