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Oh my gosh, where to even start! When I found out I was having a little girl, visions of flowers and all things pink and girly began dancing in my head. If you haven’t seen Amelia’s floral nursery, you can check that out here! So naturally, when her first birthday began creeping up on my calendar, I HAD to go all out and plan a floral themed garden party for my little sweet pea! Of course, as a Cleveland newborn baby photographer I also had to heavily photograph this occasion. I wanted tons of greenery, touches of roses (a shout out to her beautiful rose wallpaper in the nursery by Indy Bloom Design), and whites and golds, and rose golds…you get the idea. I ended up ordering my own flowers and greenery from Fifty Flowers, and I was super nervous about doing this (especially since I have the incredible, fail-proof skill of killing flowers just by glancing at them) but it ended up working fine! I made several garlands out of silver dollar eucalyptus, two vase arrangements, a centerpiece for the dining table, and I decorated the cakes with roses and succulents. Something else I did was create a garland out of eucalyptus and roses to attach to a large open photo frame, with each of Millie’s monthly photos from birth through 12 months strung across! It was really hard to find an open frame large enough to accommodate what I was planning, but I finally found one at Vintage Frame Affair in Canton, Ohio and it worked out perfectly!
Anyone who knows me also knows how much I’m obsessed with birthday cake, and the cakes that Shawna from A Cupcake A Day in Medina, Ohio made did NOT disappoint! I ended up doing three cakes for the party; a dairy-free coconut flavored naked drip cake for my little one due to allergies, a two-tier cake with white cake with raspberry filling and chocolate with cherry filling, and a rosette almond cake with raspberry filling. They were all so delicious and very little was left over, but the chocolate-cherry combo was AMAZING and everyone was raving about it. I highly recommend.
The party started right at lunch time, so my husband prepared delicious ham and turkey sub sandwiches, and we had fruit salad, veggies, and potato chips. To drink we stuck with the girly theme and offered pink lemonade and water infused with blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, served from mason jars and floral print and rose gold paper straws! I found the PERFECT glass drink dispensers at Hobby Lobby (these are no longer available but you can get a similar style at this affiliate link!) that had copper spigots which looked gorgeous with all of the golds and rose golds! I also found super cute pink floral paper plates with gold foil accents….which we also discovered is real foil, not decorative, and can not go in the microwave as it will definitely catch on fire. Lesson learned 😉 I also bought copious amounts of ribbon (also from Hobby Lobby) and made a DIY ribbon banner to string across the dessert table, and then I hand cut scalloped circles and regular circles to make a Happy Birthday banner (THANK GOD Hobby Lobby carries big gold letter stickers so I didn’t have to hand cut a bunch of letters! This house does not own a Cricut, so I probably would have given up on the banner had I had to cut out the letters…the circles were annoying enough!).
The most labor-intensive part of this happened months ago, which was hunting down and re-finishing an old, beat up Jenny Lind highchair like I had when I was a little girl. Amelia has a Jenny Lind crib and changing table, so it was very important to me (being the nutcase that I am) to have the matching highchair 🙂 We sanded the wooden stained chair down, replaced missing supports, and painted the chair white, and then I found replacement hardware for the tray and leg strap so that everything as working as it should be! I brought down her big floral “A” from her nursery to use as a party decoration as well.
First birthday parties are kind of weird, because the birthday child is so confused and has no clue what’s happening, so everyone is just left mingling. Because of this, I planned a couple of activities for Millie’s party guests! Everyone filled out a Time Capsule card for Amelia to open on her 18th birthday, and then we also played a game of “Who Knows Baby Best” and the winner took home a framed photograph of the birthday girl! I created these as well as her invitations myself, using floral designs from LABfcreations on Etsy. Everything came together so beautifully!
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