An Owl-Themed First Birthday

Even though it’s been nearly a month since the girls’ birthday party, I thought I’d still share a bit about some of the crafty and fun things I did to make the day so special.  Once I knew I was going with an owl theme for their party, I started collecting ideas on a pinterest board and things took off from there!

Before you can have a party, you have to invite people, right?  I decided to go with hand-made invitations based off of a template I found here.  If you use this yourself, print the file at 95%, or it won’t fit into a 5×7 envelope.  I used a variety of neutral colored cardstock to make the owls and variety of colored scrapbook paper for the wings.  Basically, no two owl invites looked the same.  I also added a cute picture of the girls on the back because people like pictures of babies.  Here’s how the invites turned out:

I used the same owl template to make a photo wall of the girls’ first year:

To make the birthday banner, I cut out pennants from the same scrapbook paper I used for the owls.  I printed the letters I needed onto white cardstock and punched them out with a circle punch.  I glued the letters on and ran ribbon through holes I punched in the pennants.  Super easy and super cute!

For the adult favors, I made oreo pops and tied them up with an owl scrabble tile pendant.  I made bubble labels to go on the kids’ favors.  I found a ton of super cute owl clip art in this etsy shop, and that’s what I used to make the pendants, tags, and labels.

I made a lot of cupcakes for the party, including some cute owl cupcakes that I saw here.

My friend Stef designed these adorable candy wrappers for me.  I just printed them out on address labels.

I baked up itty-bitty owl smash cakes for the girls using these adorable mini owl pans I found.  My good friend Stephanie helped me decorate them!  The plates were handmade by a woman I work with.

The girls wore owl shirts and tutus.  I bought the owl shirts here, but I wouldn’t recommend the site.  The shirts were adorable, but the customer service was terrible.  Stephanie made the tutus for the girls using this tutorial.  If you make the tutus, you can just use regular elastic…it worked just fine!

It was a warm day, so we just wore diapers with our tutus!

I think that’s about it.  I had so much fun planning and crafting for this party.  I really hope that some of these ideas will inspire other owl-themed birthdays!


  1. Super impressed. Well done, Mama Owl!

  2. Oh my word, you are the best mom EVER!

  3. So adorable!! That looks like a lot of work, but totally worth it! 🙂

  4. It was a perfect party, Erin– I loved the theme and you had the sweetest personal touches. I think my favorite was your birthday banner! Isn’t it funny how sometimes one of the easier projects makes the biggest impact? I know that it was a really special day, and one day, the girls will love looking back at these pictures knowing how much effort their mom made for their big day & how much you love them!!

  5. so sweet! happy birthday, ladies!

  6. Cute! I love the colors and all the owl craftiness. Great job!

  7. I’m pretty impressed. I think the lack if sleep has drained every crafty tendency I used to have because I can barely muster the energy to look online for a Halloween costume for Hannah. And I’m only doing that because apparently Joel’s office had an annual kids’ Halloween parade. APPARENTLY.

  8. I love it. It was so fun to see your tweets during the planning time and it looks like it all came out perfectly! It’s going to be so special for the girls to look back on this day and know how much effort you put into it. I still can’t believe they’re now over a year old! And I’m sure as their mama it’s even more unbelievable. Those beautiful girls are such a beautiful part of this world.

  9. I love this! I think it was perfect for the girls’ first birthday.

  10. I feel like you should be a party planner. Everything you did was so creative and looks amazing. Excellent theme too.

  11. Oh my goodness! I love all the cute owl stuff! You did a great job!

  12. I loved the decorations when I saw them on FB. This was seriously the cutest party ever! You have major decorating talent! 😉

  13. LOVE the invites, they look adorable, just like the tutus! What a great party.

  14. Well done! I must make sure never to show my baby what your babies got for their first birthday party 🙂 I love it all!!

  15. You are so stinkin’ crafty! I love the owl theme!

  16. The cuteness is just about killing me here! I’m amazed at all of your crafty talent! Everything turned out lovely!

  17. Everything turned out GREAT!!! I hope I can pull of a birthday party evn 1/2 that good for Truitt. I have a full pinboard so hopefully it’ll turn out cute.

    How do you keep from having leaks in your gdiapers?! We tried them for a few weeks with gcloth and the flushable inserts and he always leaked. They are SO much trimmer than my other cloth diapers but I just can’t get them to work!

  18. So crafty! I am impressed!

  19. I am now officially considering throwing myself an owl-themed 26th birthday party.

  20. seriously such an adorable birthday party, love it.

  21. You did an incredible job- the details were perfect! Sorry you had a bad experience with the company that did the shirts- they sure are adorable though! Happy First Birthday Charlotte and Evelyn!

  22. so cute and crafty! passing this along to my friend who’s planning a joint birthday party with her family 🙂

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