February 20, 2012

A Very Special Birthday Mantel





My sweet baby girl had a fun party on Saturday! She officially turns one on Tuesday (sniff, sniff) but Saturday she celebrated herself silly.

We're talking cake on her face, skipping some naps, playing hard as she can, silly.

And, then she slept. For 14 glorious hours. And, I slept too.


A little birdie told me you'd like to see our "tweet" party mantel. Why don't you fly on over to our nest and...

Yes, I can go on and on like that (really. I can.), but, I'll spare you my word play and get to the details.


Like I mentioned on Friday when I gave a tutorial for our inexpensive invitations, the party was done in a bird theme. Hence, the large bird. And, small birds. And, birds' nests. And, birdcage. And, bird accents. And, bird picture frame. And, bird scrapbook paper. 

Yes, we stuck to our theme. 





Remember last Monday when Holly from My Sister's Suitcase showed off her cute Valentine mantel? Well, I loved Holly's idea on taking old paperback books. tearing the cover off and stacking them up. They're still readable AND, they add height where needed! Brilliant idea, huh??

That's exactly what I did to make my birdcage a bit higher and better scaled next to my very large, wooden bird.


The letters from this bunting were made for me by a sweet friend before Merritt was born. I attached them to pink pennants and strung that up with matching ribbon.


Recurring themes at the party (besides all things bird) were: Pictures of Merritt (lots and lots of pictures), the number 1 and the letter M. And, the colors were: Tangerine, Pink & Aqua (and, also a bit of brown and green because, hard as I try, I can't stick to just three colors).


This ruffled 1 is probably two feet tall and helps to keep the mantel scaled, despite the very large bird.


And, that, dear friends, is our First Birthday Party Mantelscape! And, I can't wait to show you more details from the party. Here's a clue: there will be more birds (lots and lots of birds).

But, before I go, I'll leave you with this:


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

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56 comments:

  1. I. need. that. bird. Where did you get it!?!? I am redoing my daughter's room and it would be the most amazing finishing touch (OK, I haven't started yet, technically, so I guess it's more of a starting touch - details, shmetails).

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  2. Emily, that's my favorite mantel yet! I love the bird...and the One...and the birdcage...oh I just love it all! And you have such a great eye for putting it all together! Cute mustache pics too! Nice job! I wouldn't want to take it down!

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  3. OK, the pictures at the end are too cute. I think M needs you to make her a big collage of those photos for her bedroom wall, faded or black and white? I know you could think of something great.

    And my favorite item.... the big number 1.

    ~Bliss~

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  4. Everything looks so pretty! Looks like a fun time was had by all!

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  5. Oh how adorable!! I love the idea of a photo booth! And that ruffled number is just too stinkin cute! I just love your whole theme! Can't wait to see more!

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  6. Oh my goodness I love it! The ruffled 1 is definitely my favorite element but that large bird comes in a close 2nd! Happy birthday to your little one...the time goes so fast doesn't it? (and this kind of makes me want another baby as long as I was guaranteed it would be a girl ;)

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  7. Cute party. I bet she had a blast.

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  8. I love the color palette of this mantel. I bet she had such a blast... because birthday parties are so much fun!

    Thanks for following my blog... I look forward to following yours:)

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  9. It is perfect Emily!!! I am so in love with that ruffly number 1... and the bird cage is so sweet! Thank you for giving me a shout out on the book bundle :) I seriously don't know how you do it... a new mantel every week (and on top of planning your daughter's bday!) It is gorgeous! I bet you don't want to take it down, huh??

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  10. I love this mantel! So beautiful! You're so amazing!

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  11. Love the mantel! I love everything about it - especially the way you filled the bird cage. Happy Birthday to your little one! :)

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  12. 14 hours! Lucky you. I'm dying over the ruffles on the number 1, they are perfect. I'm now a new linky follower:)

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  13. Not really a fan of pink...but LOVE how you did it I especially love the number one on the wood.

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  15. I'm now following you on GFC too...nice to see you again, Lori

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  16. ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! Happy Birthday! My favorite is the ruffled #1. Great job!
    Meegan

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  17. Happy Birthday to your little one! I love how you decorated your mantel. Especially loving the photo booth pics at the end. What software package did you put that together with, may I ask?
    Oh and I found you via Permanent Posies. ;0

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  18. This is adorable! Love the ruffle 1 and the birdie! So cute!

    Would love it if you would share it with my readers and post it on my web site - www.ohmy-creative.com

    Susan

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  19. Catching up on reading. I always look at the photos but I will read several at one time. So, I didn't notice the paperback books. Grand idea, my sweet baby girl! Since my house guest backed out, which I had a feeling she might and since due to some unforeseen circumstances, I can't get Cl and J tomorrow for the night :(, I suddenly have time to catch up on things....including paying bills...yuk! Now for a night o fun with Survivor and American Idol. Woohoo! My house has almost recovered from it's explosion of crafts. I love it when you come over!!!!! You motivate me.

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  20. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!! LOVE all of it! The bird is fantastic and the ruffled number...wow!! What a fantastic job!! :)

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  21. The mantel is so cute! I love the ruffles on the #1 and the photo booth looks like a blast!

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  22. Thank you all for the sweet comments!! The ruffled 1 seems to be a hit! Maybe I'll give a tutorial on that.

    Tara, I put my collage together on Picasa...you can download the editing program for free and there's an option to create collages. Email me if you need anymore info!! :)

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  23. Emily, when your mom and sisters told me about Merritt's "over the top" 1st birthday party I had no idea!!! Love all the decorations, the mantel, the ideas!! Your creativity continues to amaze me. I believe you outdid yourself with this mantel. Beautiful, amazing, fun, memorable are just a few words that come to mind when reading and viewing your blog.

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  24. I shared this fantastic article all over the social networks. What a beautiful job you did Emily. http://fireplacedecorating.blogspot.com/ You do such heart felt projects! I adore the love that I see oozing from it's creation!! Your awesome.

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  25. I love it!!! That bird and the ruffle "1" are so cute!!! Thanks for linking this up!!! Have a great weekend!

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  26. Hi, I just popped over from Flamingo toes and I LOVE IT! Browsing through your blog, I fell in love with your easy, happy style and I'm a follower :)

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  27. How cute.... Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…..have a wonderful week:)

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  28. Oh my goodNESS how cute!! I love all the birds and the colors you chose. Thank you for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  29. Love the party mantel!! I would love it if you linked up at my party going on now! (It's my very first one!!)

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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  30. I just found your blog!!! AMAZING!! following now! off to pin a few things :) http://pinterest.com/keepinitthrifty/

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  31. I would love to see a tutorial on the bird and the "1". I'm your newest follower!

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  32. I realize I'm a year late here but I stumbled across your blog while skimming the internet for idea's for my daughter's first birthday. I, like others, am IN LOVE with the ruffle one. Did you ever post a tutorial on how to make it and I was just unable to find it? If not, would you consider posting a tutorial? Or email me. Love it and am now a follower of this wonderful blog!!

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    1. Hi Laura,

      I never did a tutorial for the ruffled 1. Maybe I'll do one this year for her 2nd birthday. If you email me at emily@52mantels.com, I'll try to walk you through the process! :)

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