"I found the 'garden party' color tassel garland first and set my color palette. It worked out really well because Emilee's nursery is done in the same colors so I was able to hang the garlands and poms in her room after. I'm all about reusing party decor. I think it's a shame to pay for things only to use them once and then throw them away."
"Another budget saver was all the beach decor. Most of my house is a coastal theme so I was able to pull things - picture frames, starfish, coral, shells - from other rooms in the house to really make the party come together. I purchased a few of the grape vines (driftwood looking pieces) wholesale and used some strands of pearls to really bring the "shabby ocean chic" vibe to life."
"My favorite part of the party was the photo collage. The idea popped into my head one day and it turned out just like I imagined it. A few fish nets from our local party store, mini clothespins, and pics of Emilee's first year really turned into a great conversation piece. It was fun looking back at her first year in pictures."
"Since we are in Southern California it is still hot in September so I knew it had to be a swim party. And with it being over 100 degrees the day of the party, all the guests were glad to be in the pool. Luckily for me, my mother-in-law knows a real "mermaid," so imagine my guests surprise when they come outside to get in the pool and find a real mermaid swimming in it! She was the highlight of the party for all the kids there."
Source: The Little Umbrella