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This is a post about handmade return gifts that I made for Shravani's 1st birthday party. I always feel it is very important to select the return gifts as I wanted to let my guests know how much they mean to us and of course for thanking them for gracing the party. The return gifts are the best way to communicate your feelings. They also serve as a memento of your birthday party, and if its a theme based then it makes the experience even more memorable.

Since our birthday theme was 'Under the Sea', I decided to give my sea themed products in treasure chests. I got the boxes custom made. First painted them with brown color and then borders and corners in gold. Inside each box I laid a piece decorative golden cloth in the base and tucked in sea themed goodies inside.

The first goody was a studded fish magnet, which is a prime product of Shreya Design Studio. I have sold hundreds of it and it's everyone's favorite (Here is the link to my Home Decor Products page). The second goody was the pearl bracelet, again a Shreya Design Studio's product. The third goody too is my in house handmade product- the sea themed bookmarks. Many of the friends on our guest list were voracious readers, and so the third choice. Fourth were gold coins chocolates- children's super favorites!

My brother was the one to arrange the boxes at the venue in this fashion, as he went much earlier than us and he completely surprised me. And he was the one who helped me with decorating the boxes when he came here for new year's celebration.

Over the next week after the party, my guests (friends) kept sent me pictures of how and where they arranged the treasure boxes in their decorative shelves and it made me smile even more :)

Enjoy the pictures below, and also a couple of in-the-making pictures!

Shravani's 1st birthday stage decor was my most favorite part as I feel the finished product looked very stylish. I didn't want to do big pieces for the background but shimmery shiny with little things that would look good in the photos.

I got a transparent cream net cloth for the background. Got it stitched from a tailor according to the measurements. Next I did strings of sea weeds in conical shapes. Also strings of blue bubbles and pink and white pipes with a few silver sequins for that little shine. I used thermocol balls for the bubbles and painted them in shades of turquoise and blue.

Next I cut the letters- HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY SHRAVANI from cardstock paper and adorned them with glitter. I put them all on a thread and made it ready to go on the background. The mini fish tank plate that you see on top of the name was made by Shaunak during his unit- Oceans and Sea Life. Details on our website: The Crafting Kids

Also we placed strings of transparent helium balloons and strings of lights which gave beautiful border to the stage. At the bottom we placed balloons in sea weeds shapes and a shell prop (handmade by my Mom) for Shravani to sleep onto. I was extremely happy the way it tuned out and all the elements completely complimented each other giving perfect background for the pictures.

Hey there!

We celebrated our daughter- Shravani's 1st birthday party in January 2017, in Radisson, Hyderabad. The theme of the party was 'Under the Sea'. Starting with the invitations, all the decor photographs will follow soon. Yes, of course, the invitations as well as the decor, everything was handmade!

For these invitations, I cut the card stock, hand painted the border and the waves, wrote the matter with glitter pens and rolled it into a tube. In the bottles, I put sand at the bottom and three colors of glitter powder, tiny shells and stones. Then I tied a twig around the paper tubes, attached a tag at the other end and inserted them into the glass bottles with corks. I styled the bottles with shimmer lace, white pearls and shells. Wrote the invitee family names on the tag and invitations were ready.

It wasn't that easy too! Three months prior to this I had been sketching my ideas, putting down the requirements, searching for dealers, making phone calls, making trips to craft shops around the city, and finally could put together this beautiful piece. Our every guest mentioned to me how much they liked the invitation!

Getting the right size of bottles and shells was the toughest part. The dealers either had smaller or bigger versions. The glass bottles with cork came from Bangalore, tiny shells came from Gurgaon, pearls came from Indore, sand from Goa, glitter powders from Mumbai (from my regular dealer), the golden paint, twig, card stock and lace I bought during my vacations to Bangkok, Florida, Phoenix and Sydney.

Hope you liked these pieces. Posts on handmade birthday decor coming up soon. Until next time, happy crafting! Enjoy the pictures.