I knew very early on that Laddoo’s first birthday theme would not be about any cartoon character for two reasons:
- She has no favourite characters yet, and
- Even if we did pick something from a nursery rhyme she enjoys, there was no way she would understand the corelation when she looked at her party decor.
So we went with something that would make me happy. I think the tone for her birthday theme was set way back when I had my Baby Shower (that I still haven’t blogged about 🙈) but it was reinforced when Nishita from Little Pixie Clothes messaged me on Insta way back in June. She told me that she’d love to make a dress for Laddoo’s first and that she knew I loved rainbows 😍 and would love to do something around that theme, or any other theme.
First of all, wow! I haven’t been very vocal about my love for rainbows. On my personal insta, maybe, but not on beingmammabear. So for her to notice and remember just shows her attention to detail. And not only did that impress me, it also got me thinking, and I realised that I needed to start planning.
It didn’t take long for us (I planned this with my sister) to figure it out. I looooooveee pastels (that was the theme for my baby shower)…
…and now I knew I wanted rainbows, and when we put those two together, we got a nice pastel rainbow which screamed UNICORN! And that’s how we ended up with a UNICORN theme. 🦄
We had two celebrations – a small gathering at home with immediate family and Laddoo’s friend Cookie, and the second one on the weekend where we invited extended family, friends and other relatives.
For this post, I am going to be talking about the party at home.
We had a simple cake cutting followed by dinner that we ordered in, so there wasn’t any planning required for this, as such. The only mehenat was the chalkboard, the rainbow background and the cake(s) that I made from scratch.
Let’s start with the simplest one…
The First Birthday Chalkboard
I know I could have easily outsourced this, but the creator in me wouldn’t be satisfied if the fonts weren’t just right or if the colours were a tad bit darker than the pastel shade I wanted. So in order to avoid all that grief, I designed the chalkboard myself.
I make all my posters in a program called GIMP which is basically exactly like Photoshop except that GIMP is a free software. I downloaded a Chalboard photoshop template (.psd file, which can be opened with GIMP) and this is what the original design looked like.
I downloaded the template from Timeout with Mom and the post has a bit of a tutorial on how to edit and use the file and a list of amazing chalkboard fonts.
If you want to know how to design / edit a chalkboard file in GIMP, here’s a tutorial for you. There’s also a free chalkboard background for your to download 😊 And if you do a google search, you will find many more tutorials (even video tutorials) on using GIMP.
Being a sucker for fonts and graphic design myself, I have over 2,000 fonts on my machine and I am nerdy enough to be able to identify many a fonts by their name just by looking at them 😆 I also have many free design elements downloaded so I used those, and for ones I did not have like the tooth, ruler, and weights, I downloaded vector images (which I made sure are free for personal use. This means I can use them to create anything for myself but cannot sell or make money out of using these elements. It also means, unfortunately, I cannot reupload here for sharing. And I browsed through so many options that I did not save links for the ones that I finally used.)
So here’s how mine is different.
As you can see I have only used the dotted lines from the template and even then I have coloured it. I used my own choice of fonts, expanded the colour palette to include Lavender, Peach-ish Pink, Yellow, Mint Blue and Mint Green. You can also see a rainbow, a unicorn, clouds, a heart, a candy, and some twinkling stars – all free vector downloads that were edited to match my colour scheme. I also added the guides for alignment.
Fonts & Colours
- Candy (Texture version) – was free for commercial use when I downloaded it, now it’s a paid font.
- Celia Garcia
The Final Chalkboard
Here’s what the final chalkbaord looked like:
And this is how it looked once we got it printed. The size is 2′ x 3′ and it was printed at a local printer-cum-xerox place on Vinyl and mounted on a 5mm sunboard after lamination. And we asked them to use eco solvent print for a better colour (specifications were shared with me by Tamanna Bavishi after she got it printed for her son’s birthday that was less that two weeks before Laddoo’s.)
That’s all I have for you now. Next time, I will show you how I made the background Rainbow and then, the Birthday Cake(s). You know the best part? The colours on the chalkbaord, rainbow, and the cake all are the same and in the same order.
Wait for my next post. 😊
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23 thoughts on “Unicorn Themed First Birthday | Part 1 – Birthday Chalkboard”
I always knew you would do the decor for the first birthday and this is absolutely brilliant. one of the best chalkboards i have seen, to be honest!
Loved the colors and the concept. I hope you have lots of pictures for your little one to appreciate when she gets older!
Wow…love that chalkboard! I wanted to make one for my son’s 1st birthday but we dropped the party plan instead planned for a trip. Maybe for his 2nd birthday, I will try my skills too, thanks for sharing all the information and that too in this much detail. This will definitely come handy.
Just wow! Wonderful that you do SO much! *in awe*
I wonder how clear you were about all the celebration. Thanks for sharing so much detailed info about the chelkboard. What I missed in the post is laddoo’s pic 😉
I am in love with the chalkboard. And you know I am also a font freak. I love to try different fonts available to make my designs and handmade cards. Waiting for the next pots 🙂
This is just wow! You’ve put in tremendous efforts, Nikita! I’ll need your help for by baby’s first, seriously! And your patience definitely deserve a standing ovation!
This is amazing Nikita. I am amazed you know so much about designing and fonts and colours. You should really turn this into something deeper. Love the pastel rainbow and unicorn theme
I loved the chalkboard idea. It came out really nice. Thanks for sharing all the details of the party. Really helpful.
Wow I love the way you have done a detailed post on the chalkboard . And yes I have always been a fan of your creativity and I didn’t expect any less from you when it came to planning for Ladoo’s first bday
Awesome chalkboard you’re very creative I saw your hardwork and patience to make baby’s first birthday wonderful through your insta stories and live video.. Great job
Great post, and your unicorn chalkboard looked fab! I hope you all had a great first birthday for your baby 🙂 looking forward to your next post.
The decoration looks amazing. Also I liked how you have almost provided a tutorial on how to do Chalkboards. Thanks for this very helpful post.
That came out perfectly well. Unicorn is such an interesting theme! Aarav & Aarohi’s second birthday is around the corner and am confused on what theme to select this time.
i simply adore your art work and i use to always wonder how talented you are. how do you manage soooooooooo many things . calligraphy , baking and beautiful insta captions. well now i have the answer – that because you are a graphic designer. its in build in you :))
please note i love the name – Sanskriti (which i wonder why is not disclosed on insta). and i am definitely going to try GIMP
Perfect chalkboard and decoration ! Detailing is really wow and i must say you have loads of patience too 🙂
love the DIY chalk board. so creative and perfect for celebrations. Cant wait for the next post!!
Such an awesome party. Looks very stressfree. My girls would love this unicorn party, thank you for the post!
Oh my God! I bow to thee patience. You are such a perfectionist, I want to take personal classes from you. You are like the perfect extension of my personality. Even I would have gone to any length to get the exact same things for the baby. Jugaad is my last resort. I will give this software a try though.
Loved it Nikita. The chalk board looks perfect and adds a wow factor to the whole theme. I liked how you paid attention to the detailing.
Loved the way you came up with your theme, although I’m intrigued with how the Unicorn fitted in. 🙂 Maybe you’ll address that in your next post? Facts or Fiction? #4 in ProBlogger Challenge