It seems that it doesn’t take a lot of searching on the internet these days to find examples of how to froufrou up your standard high chair in preparation for your special little girls’ birthday. I mean, really, can she eat her first birthday cake if she isn’t surrounded by tons of tulle and frills? Clearly it just wouldn’t be the same otherwise. I wanted to make my birthday butterfly a special seat, too, but I honestly don’t know how mothers with such active little munchkins, such as mine, even have time for no-sew tutu decor like some of the samples I found online. So much cutting of tulle… So much tying of knots… Even with it being munchkin’s *golden* first birthday, there are limits to both my budget and the time I want to spend on decorations. Frankly, I’d rather spend my time with my silly little munchkin! Yet again, it was Michael’s to the rescue! (And yes, Target, you were there to help me, too!) For your reference, here’s my high chair in the “before” state:
When I was in Michael’s searching for supplies for the invitations, I happened upon some very special ribbon. It’s the sort that you buy by the yard, and it had pre-cut strips of tulle-like ribbon hanging down as a sort of fringe. It came in a couple of colors (ivory, white, etc.), but my eyes delighted upon the sight of some in a pale pink color! Additionally, butterfly-themed is definitely the way to go in terms of finding cheap decorations. They had TONS of clip-on butterfly decorations in different colors, sizes, and styles on clearance. Needless to say, I purchased a little bit of everything, and definitely found a use for every last little fluttery butterfly (details on more decor to come!). In any case, the ribbon solved my problems in terms of being even less work than any instructions I came across for even a no-sew tutu-high chair. When you have a 1-year old running around the house and trying to get into everything, easier and faster is always better. Here’s what I used:
On the left, you can see the fancy-shmancy ribbon I found. For just a couple of dollars, I got 3 yards of it (plenty of extra). The big butterfly was on clearance from $3.99 to $0.99. I already had the Scotch velcro on hand, so it wasn’t any additional cost for me, but you could pick some up for a few dollars from Target or any other such store. From there, I just started at one end of the high chair tray applying small pieces of the fasteners every couple of inches around the edge. ( I recommend putting the plasticy sides on the tray and the softer sides on the ribbon — when you’re not using the decor, the plastic-sided velcro pieces will still be on the tray and those pieces won’t pick up bits of food from your little munchkin as easily as the fabric-sided pieces will.) I applied similarly sized pieces to the fringed ribbon at the same time as the tray so that I could make certain that the pieces were similarly spaced. Then, I cut the ribbon once I had made it all of the way around the edge, and clipped on the butterfly to the fringe. That’s it. It really could not have possibly been any easier. The nice thing about this plan is that I could easily take down the fringe until the big day arrived and could throw it back up in less than a minute just before the party began. This prevented any sticky fingers from messing up my faux-tutu before its official debut.
Finally, in addition to giving the high chair some nice trim, I wanted some wings behind my munchkin to make the pictures extra special (sorry — no pictures of her on her birthday, but trust me — they were *super* cute!). First, I went into Party City and found some wings for about $16. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I didn’t think I’d find anything much cheaper. Ha! I definitely returned those bad boys, because Target had a cute pink set for $1!! Oh yeah!
The wings were made for toddlers to wear. You can kind of see the elastic loops that are meant for little ones to stick their arms through. Instead, I took the loops and threaded them over the corners of the high chair. These little wings were just the right size so that they would show up behind my little lady without being too big to not fit well within the chair (or to make it too hard to capture them in pictures!). So with all of that said, here’s my final project:
I spent all of about $6 and it took me roughly 5 minutes to do the initial set up (and another 1 minute to reassemble on party day). It really couldn’t have been much more budget-friendly, and the cuteness factor on our birthday pictures was definitely worth it!