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Flamingo and Pineapple First Birthday Party Ideas

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Obviously, pineapples are a favorite party decor item around here, but flamingos are a close second! I’ve been meaning to post these party photos for a while, because it’s one of my favorite parties! The whole party is based on flamingo & pineapples, and is inspired by our love of Lilly Pulitzer patterns. It also coordinates with our personalized Flamingo Invitations available to order from our shop, so you can start planning the perfect Flamingo party today! Keep reading for birthday party ideas that you can use for a pineapple birthday party or flamingo birthday party.

Tropical Flamingo and Pineapple First Birthday Party Dessert Table by Pineapple Paper Co.

One of the reasons I didn’t post the pictures right away was that the weather was HORRIBLE the day of the party, so we had to move mostly everything inside. I planned so long for the party and had to completely re-think the set up the day of the party. Bad weather does not make for my favorite pictures! But I loved her party, of course, and memories we had of it.

One of my favorite features was the large DIY tropical wreath we used as the backdrop for the dessert table. I had the idea for the wreath, and my friend Kathy from The Bloomery put it together for me after I got frustrated with the construction. She did an amazing job (and said I’m not allowed to cut the stems of flowers anymore haha!) It was a combination of artificial peonies, roses, hibiscus, and mini paper balls.

The Lilly Pulitzer themed cake was homemade and was decorated with buttercream to give it some great texture and to match the stationery. The custom cake topper was found on Etsy. The custom runner (and other table linens) was made by Pineapple Lane Crafts on Etsy.

Tropical First Birthday Cake with Script Cake Topper and Buttercream Icing

There were two kinds of cupcakes (strawberry and pineapple upside down cake) that were placed in custom cupcake wraps and had toppers from Oriental Trading (Flamingos) and World Market (Pineapples). I absolutely adore those flamingo cupcake toppers!

Pink Flamingo Cupcakes with Cupcake Toppers and Tropical Cupcake Wrappers Pineapple Cupcakes with Cupcake Toppers and Tropical Cupcake Wrappers

Pineapples were used for vases or and other containers throughout the party, including as a display container for these awesome pineapple lollipops from Oriental Trading.

Pineapple Lollipops in Fresh Pineapple Vase

French Macarons from a local French bakery were purchased before the party, and I made decorations out of royal icing and an edible image marker to dress them up.

Tropical Flamingo and Pineapple Decorated French Macarons

Flamingo sugar cookies were a must and made for an easy display on the flamingo and pineapple dessert table.

Flamingo Sugar Cookies on Dessert Table

One of my absolutely favorite details of Emme’s First Birthday dessert table were these hollowed out lemons that served as containers for lemon custard with pineapple leaves made out of green candy melts:

Lemon Pineapple Desserts with Custard and Chocolate Leaves

These were another favorite element: chocolate dipped marshmallows made to look like pineapples with dark chocolate sprinkles, leaves made simple on my paper cutting machine, and custom straw flags.

Pineapple Cake Pops with First Birthday Straw Flags

Pineapple sugar cookies decorated with buttercream gave a whimsical element that matched the other decor, and were way easier to make than royal iced cookies! Thanks Jenny Cookies for the buttercream inspiration!

Pineapple Sugar Cookies with Piped Buttercream

Here’s another photo of the wreath so y’all can see how awesome it was! There were a ton of flowers on it!

Tropical Flamingo and Pineapple First Birthday Dessert Table

These gorgeous flower displays were also made by The Bloomery, and used a TON of the peonies that bloom in my yard every June. I was in absolute love with them! A wide grosgrain ribbon and 4″ circle dressed up the simple white vases.

Tropical Flower Arrangement with Flamingo

Pineapple cups with flamingo straws for the kids (both from Oriental Trading):

Pineapple Cups with Flamingo Straws

Custom napkins were placed on a white charger, then a clear plate with a large decorative circle underneath finished off the place settings.

Custom Pineapple First Birthday Plates by Pineapple Paper Co.

Despite the weather, the birthday girl had a great day! And of course she had to have a pineapple smash cake 🙂

Pineapple Cake with Pink Glitter First Birthday Candle

Below are the invitations that are available for purchase HERE:

Flamingo and Pineapple Birthday Invitation by Pineapple Paper Co.

Photo credit and Party Details by: Pineapple Paper Co.

For additional party details, visit the Summer 2017 Issue of Everyday Party Magazine.

For custom stationery requests, please email info@pineapplepaperco.com


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Hi, y’all! I’m Charynn, the owner and designer of Pineapple Paper Co. I’m a mom of four kids (two girls and two boys) living in Pittsburgh. I love hand lettering, anything southern, cocktails, and of course, pineapples! I am excited to share my SVG files, printables, and craft projects with you! The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, and I welcome y’all to my little corner of the internet. Read more…

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  1. So cute? Where did you get the faux bamboo backdrop for the dessert table?

    1. Pineapple Paper Co. says:

      Amazon! It’s a garden trellis 🙂