For Charlotte's first birthday, I created a butterfly garden party in pinks, white and ivory with butterflies, burlap, mason jars, tissue pom poms, and other vintage touches.
I was inspired by our home's natural garden setting, complete with butterfly bushes and butterflies everywhere during the summer. Beyond that, I took my inspiration from my daughter's pink, white and ivory nursery, and from my own love of pink, butterflies, and event design.
I consider my decorating style primarily transitional with a touch of vintage flair.
I did the event design & styling - Kate of Peony Party Designs
I worked with so many wonderful vendors and Etsy sellers...
Photography: Alison Gannon Photography
Catering: Tallulah's (West Hartford, CT)
Rentals: Party Plus (Manchester, CT)
Flowers: Whole Foods (West Hartford, CT)
Paper pinwheels by PinkPaisleyDS
I am 1 banner by lisamar Designs
Ribbon for drink/candy buffet labels by ninapep
Butterfly garland by PaperAcorn
Custom fans by creatingapapermemory
Chalkboard by PinkPoppyDesign
Paper butterflies for labels by TreeTownPaper
Burlap and lace table runners by HotCocoaDesign
Garden Party sign by SweetNCCollective
Butterfly pens by TinyLittleCharms
Charlotte's dress and bloomers by BlakeandBailey
Butterfly necklace by PigeonDynamite
Wine glass butterflies by Mamahanky
Wishes cards and bookplates by lemontreecards
I ordered the tissue pom poms, paper lanterns and parasol from Luna Bazaar.
The candy, treat bags, party hat and bib, butterfly lanterns, paper straws, easel for chalkboard sign, and mason jars are from Amazon.com.
The caterer provided the children's lunch pails, apothecary jars, and burlap for the serving tables.
I loved the burlap and lace table runners, as I felt that they "made" the tables. I was also thrilled with our caterer's ability to make the dessert table come to life with a little styling with the burlap, elevated three-tiered cake, and incorporating elements (treat bags, paper butterflies) in unexpected ways.
Scour the web for inspiration, start a board on Pinterest, and contact vendors who can work with you to bring your vision to life. I worked with so many wonderful sellers on Etsy as well as a terrific caterer and rental company locally. Hire a professional photographer so that you will have beautiful photos of your event without the stress of documenting the day yourself. On the day of the party, leave all the details behind and enjoy your party and your guests - the results of your hard work!