em’s first birthday party

We celebrated Em’s first birthday a few weeks ago. As you may remember, we created a theme of “a celebration of firsts” and crafted these invitations + first year certificates.

em's first birthday party

We wanted the decor to be easy + inexpensive. So, we continued with the theme and framed some of her special first things in frames we already had around the house.

em's first birthday party

em's first birthday party

Her first rattle. Her first bonnet which was hand smocked. Her first hand + foot prints. The bloomers from her one month pictures. We also framed one of her first dresses – a beautiful, soft pink Feltman Brothers dress. Elsewhere, we framed the little hat + info anklet she wore in the hospital, her going home outfit, and her first booties that my grandmother tatted.

em's first birthday party

We custom ordered a pink vanilla cake from Sugar Mama’s and raspberry and strawberry champagne macarons from La Pâtisserie. We also ordered pink rock candy swizzle sticks.

em's first birthday party

After purchasing a bunch of different pink + white flowers from a local grocery store, I arranged them into vases we already had.

em's first birthday party

em's first birthday party

When it was time for cake, I thought Em would dive right in. Instead, she pulled off the bottom layer of cake + frosting from her slice of cake and ate it. She was really meticulous and neat.

em's first birthday party

Kacey’s mom created the sweet pink drink. It was some sort of yummy raspberry + ginger ale concoction. The striped straws were ordered from The Cupcake Social. The bottles are just Starbucks frappuccino coffee drinks that we scrubbed the labels off of. I love that we’ll be able to use the bottles again for future parties + gatherings.

em's first birthday party

We hung a festive mixture of paper lanterns above the island in our kitchen. I purchased them from Fiesta Pom Pom, Paper Lantern Store and Garden Ridge.

em's first birthday party

We also created a wish table for guests to leave their wishes for Em on her first birthday – a tradition I hope to continue ever year for her birthday.

It was such a great party and I am so proud of how it all turned out. It took a lot of planning + time but by doing a little bit each day, we were able to accomplish everything we wanted without too much stress.

And finally, a hearty thank you to everyone who came to her party + celebrated with us. Em is so lucky to have you all in her life.

10 Responses to “em’s first birthday party”

  1. kimberly michelle // April 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    So beautiful and so sweet!

  2. Kristin ~ Bien Living Design // April 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Everything is so, so pretty! What a great 1st birthday party :)

  3. Amanda // April 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Oh my goodness, what an adorable party! I’m so impressed with all that you did – it looks amazing!

  4. marissa // April 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    What a lovely 1st birthday party! The little details are my favorite part… especially all of Em’s firsts framed. So sweet!

  5. kelsey // April 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Oh my goodness!! The party was absolutely beautiful. Every detail is perfect!

  6. Liz // April 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Such a beautiful party! I love all the details you thought of :)
    (On a separate note, thanks for sharing a macaron bakery in Austin- I’ll be stopping by to try them soon!)

  7. Stephanie Michele // April 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I love love love this! So perfectly detailed and girly!

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