June 29th marked the last first birthday party I will throw for any of my children. It’s bittersweet but I am so happy with the way this party turned out. I use the word “party” loosely because we are currently in the midst of a pandemic and our party was just the five of us. I still went all out and I am happy I did, it was a really special moment for our family and the boys just loved it.
planning your boho themed party
If you’re looking to throw a boho esc party here are some tips to help you bring it all together-
1// Decide on a color scheme. Boho style is typically very neutral with lots of shades of cream and tan. Adding one muted color will give it a fun vibe (think seafoam, peach, rose gold, light blue). For our party I went with a mix of rose gold tones and creams.
2// Pick one main design focal point to work everything around. I guess I had two for this party. This macrame swing was a huge part of my inspo (as well as one of the birthday girl’s gifts) and I knew I wanted to do a balloon arch. I found this rose gold balloon kit on amazon and that really set the stage.
3// Plan your space out on paper. No matter how big or small the party it’s a good idea to draw out the space so you know where you need to decorate. For instance I drew out where the table was going to go, the swing and the balloon arch. From there I was able to write notes as to what I wanted on the table etc.
4// Decide what to make and what to buy. I knew I wanted succulent cupcakes and that they were going to be the focal point of the deserts. So I ordered those from a bakery. The smash cake was going to get smashed sooo I made that myself and kept it SUPER simple because I ordered this adorable cake topper. Which by the way was a great buy because we ordered it with her name on it (as opposed to age) so we can use it for years to come.
5// Keep it simple. That doesn’t have to mean boring. Adding some larger elements (like the balloon arch) will up the wow factor without breaking the bank or having to do too much. Make sure to incorporate different textures and a few prints. If you do add prints, make sure all the prints are in the same color family (see my plates/cups etc).
6// Flowers, flowers and more flowers! Our big splurge was the flower crowns (and I don’t regret it for a second)! I’m linking a faux option below that would be super cute as well. I also picked up one bouquet of wild flowers from the grocery store for about $12 and split it up into 3 mason jars.
7// Bring the indoors out! Don’t be afraid to bring out dining chairs for the table. Mismatched chairs can also be really funky for a boho table. Our table was just a folding table with a cloth and runner. I forgot about a table cloth but had this one stashed away. The color wasn’t exactly on theme but it worked! I added our dining chairs to it and voila! One thing I didn’t do but was on the plan was to bring a few pieces of furniture into the yard. I was thinking a canvas teepee with one of our fuzzy rugs and some throw pillows. We also have this awesome wicker chair from target that would have been a nice touch as well. Either way, bringing some boho indoor furniture outside (weather permitting) will give your party a bit of whimsy.
Speaking of keeping it simple, I was dead set on making these cookies myself. Well friends, while they turned out very nice, I definitely learned a lesson. I should have ordered them from etsy. I’m including a link below because I don’t want you to fall into the same trap as me. The cookies took me a full day to make which ended up being a little stressful with three kids running around.
Boho Party Decor
Here are the links to everything you need for your boho party!
3// Cake Topper- fancy free finery has the cutest stuff!
4// Everything else we used is linked below….
One thing I want to point out is while this was a first birthday, this could easily translate into an adult party. Think brunch with pink champagne, finger sandwiches, macrame hanging chairs! Can’t wait to see how your party turns out, tag me @rootsandharbor on instagram so I can celebrate with you 🙂