February 21, 2012

Birthday Timeline




I hope I'm not boring you with first birthday party details! I'll be honest, this is all I've worked on for the last several weeks and I'm not yet ready to file these memories away. But, I pinkie promise to give you the full details on Friday and then put this whole affair to bed. 

Truly, I think this timeline idea can be adapted for a multitude of celebrations. Is your sweet punkin' turning 5? Collect your favorite 4-5 pictures from each year and make a 5 year timeline. Graduation? Anniversary? Sweet 16? Timeline it, baby! 

See what I mean? This idea isn't just for first birthdays! 
                                                
I'm going to give you a very quick tutorial, but I don't think you need a tute for this at all. It kind of speaks for itself. But, just in case, here goes...

I decided to hang this up in my kitchen along an old wooden door, turned chalkboard. I strung a length of twine and spaced out 5 white birdhouses I picked up at Michaels (do I even have to tell you they were dollar bin finds??).

I typed up the following timeline markers: Hello World, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and One Year. And, then I printed these out on coordinating paper. I decided to make these varying sized circles, so I used my handy Martha Stewart circle cutter to do that. I then made 5 slightly larger circles from another cute bird-themed paper and paired them with the milestone markers. These circles got taped to clothespins, which were hung above the birdhouses. 



I ended up hanging 2 pictures from each month, evenly spaced down the twine. Easy and very sentimental! It was so fun to see how my sweet baby changed over the year. 


Oh, I should add...the adorable clothespins were also Michaels dollar bin finds.

It's true. I'm addicted to things that cost a dollar.


If you've missed the last several days, you can catch the birthday mantel here and the "tweet" birdie invitations here! And, if you've been following along, thanks for hanging in there! I hope you're not too terribly bored with first birthday talk...

See you tomorrow for some fun link party highlights! 

Update: The full party details can be found here!!

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61 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous timeline! You did a wonderful job!

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  2. Oh my goodness! That is beautiful! I enjoyed looking back at your other posts about her birthday decor -- you did a beautiful job! I would love for you to link up this timeline to my link party this week! :)

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  3. omg this is just too cute! you are giving me some great ideas for my daughter's party! : )

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  4. So cute! I'm not bored at all with the birthday talk. You have to enjoy every second of it! All that preparation and then boom...the party is over and your baby is 1. Crazy how fast it goes!

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  5. You're not boring me! I've got two months from today to plan my baby's first party. Last weekend, I found a bunch of stuff at Michael's too (we're doing a cupcake theme) and I picked up some of those clothes pins, as well! Good idea about labeling the pictures with the age. Can't wait to see more.

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  6. I think you did a beautiful job! Thanks for sharing! Give your cute baby lots of kisses-they really do grow up too fast!

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  7. I LOVE THIS!! My little guy will be one in a month or so, I am so stealing this idea!!!! BEAUTIFUL! I love your blog by the way!!!
    www.imprintalish.blogspot.com

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  8. I'm not getting bored at all by the first birthday talk! Keep the ideas coming! And how am I missing the dollar bins at Michael's??

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  9. HOW ADORABLE!! My little girl just had her first birthday too, and it was a blast! Stopping over via the blog hop! So nice to meet you!I'm a new follower :)

    Lindsey
    outofalabaster.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm new to your blog from the Blog Hop! Your little one is adorable, as are all your birthday accessories. You should never apologize or worry that you are boring someone because you are expressing your love for your child. We just celebrated my youngest granddaughter's first birthday, & I did an entire post...lol! I do a lot of posts about my grands. If people don't like it, they don't have to read it. I'm also really excited about your 52 Mantels, so I'll be checking back. I'm going to sign up for email. I'm also following via the LF & hope you'll follow back.
    CAS

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  11. It's adorable - what a great timeline!! I need to do one for my girls - but at 12 years old, that timeline would stretch around the block!! Enjoy the first b-day and don't apologize - it's your blog and you can do whatever you want (and I love it)!
    Kelly

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  12. Thanks, ladies!! Your sweet comments make me smile! I'll be sharing more details on Friday :)

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  13. Every post you do is amazing!! Don't apologize for sharing your amazing-ness with us :) Seriously, I LOVE this birthday timeline banner. I am dying at all the cute details and that door/chalkboard... I'm a little jealous :) I totally want to feature your birthday party posts in March (we're doing a week of party ideas). Let me know what you think! Can't wait to see the final post on Friday :)

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  14. Beautiful timeline and mantel. I don't think you can bore anyone! What a fun party theme! Enjoy!

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  15. Yes I agree with Michelle. Love the mantel it is so adorable. ENJOY!!!every moment. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  16. How FANTASTIC is that!!! It is beautiful and so special!! I LOVE IT! And you could never be boring! Enjoy every minute, I have a three year old and I can't believe how fast it goes by!

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  17. The time line is so sweet and creative. I like how you used the door. Whew! You put a lot of love and work into this! Go take a nap. :)

    I like how you included the pic of Merritt crying (right around 9months?). That is great. :)

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  18. Everything turned out so cute! I love the timeline idea :) Such a great prop for the guests to check out and a wonderful reminder of how time flies and to enjoy every minute!

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  19. this is beautiful! what an awesome idea!

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  20. I love this idea. What a fun way to celebrate a first year. The results are fabulous.

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  21. This is an amazing idea. You could even do this for anniversaries. Thanks so much for sharing at our party today.

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  22. You guys are so great! Thanks for the comment love! :)

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  23. So super cute!!! Love the paper you used!! And such a super fun project!! Sad how fast a year goes isn't it???
    I'm your newest follower!

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  24. That is ADORABLE!!! I love this. Such a great idea to display the pictures of them in their first year!! Love. Love, Love it!! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  25. Love this idea!! so creative..... come link to my party if you'd like. It's Tuesdays :)

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  26. Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_23.html

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  27. Simply adorable! You did an amazing job with this timeline, down to your paper choice with the little birdies. I did a clothespin photo line for my mom's 50th birthday, only I didn't put them in order. Instead everyone played name that decade. My mom was laughing with tears in her eyes (I'm assuming it was because of her questionable hairstyles). It's my first time here and I'm already in love with your blog!

    Thanks for the inspiration! Ashley @ fromdahliastodoxies.blogspot.com

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  28. What a sweet and creative idea!!!!! Would be so cute to display at a birthday party! love it!

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  29. Oh my goodness!! This is such a wonderful idea!!! Love it!

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  30. LOVE LOVE this idea! So creative and such a great way to display all the monthly pictures! You did an amazing job on her bday party and captured great pictures as well!

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  31. Oh my gosh this is the cutest idea ever. Such a fantastic way to celebrate her first year of life

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  32. This is BEAUTIFUL! What a great way to share so many special pictures and celebrate a birthday! Going to have to pin this! I'm your newest follower :)
    Stay crafty x0x0
    Jess
    {www.CraftyNonsenseNoted.com}

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  33. I'll be featuring you tomorrow. I love the theme of your party!
    I think I am your newest Linky Follower ;)

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  34. Ok...that is SUPER cute!! Gotta remember that for maybe a 13th birthday timeline. :)

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  35. This is such a cute and fun idea! We loved having you link up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope to have you back again soon!! -The Sisters

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  36. This is just TOO cute!!! I'm your newest GFC and Linky follower!! Amanda
    dixiedelights.blogspot.com

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  37. So cute! You are right...this idea would be great for so many occasions. I love your pennant banner too. I am following you now.

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  38. I just found your blog through Uncommon Designs and I am LOVING it. Love, love your party theme! I am pregnant with my first and I am going to have to file this away!

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  39. This is adorable, and the timeline is a great idea!

    www.katiescreative.blogspot.com

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  40. I LOVE this..Officially featured via Pin'Inspirational Thursday tonight.. : ))Thanks SO much for sharing.. This is amazing.. : ))

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  41. So cute! I love the paper you used too. :)

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  42. Beautiful Now I'm inspired to make something like this for my son's 13th birthday in May ( his timeline from birth up to this year when he becomes a teenager. Any suggestion?

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