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“On the Night You Were Born” Inspired 1st Birthday


The first time I read Nancy Tillman‚Äôs ‚ÄúOn the¬†Night¬†You¬†Were¬†Born‚ÄĚ, I was holding my three month old baby boy, Hudson.¬† The lines in the book brought tears to my eyes because they¬†were¬†so special‚Ķso magical‚Ķjust like my beautiful baby.¬† When it came time to start planning his first birthday party, I knew I wanted something as sweet, unique, & as wonderful as he is.¬† ‚ÄúOn the¬†Night¬†You¬†Were¬†Born‚ÄĚ became the perfect inspiration for his celebration.¬† I have never seen a party inspired by this precious book so I had to do a lot of thinking to pull it together.¬† I wanted all of the elements of the party to represent things that¬†were¬†special to Hudson & my family.¬† We live in the south so Carolina style barbecue was the perfect menu.¬† The dessert table consisted of the most gorgeous blue ombre cake I have ever seen.¬† The baker perfectly matched the hues of the¬†night¬†sky in the book.¬† Grandma made her homemade sugar cookies into ‚ÄúH‚Äôs‚ÄĚ and ‚Äú1‚Äôs‚ÄĚ.¬† I wanted the party favor to be a fun craft for young children that represented something about the¬†night¬†to perfectly tie into the theme.¬† The guests & their parents loved the personalized bug catchers!¬† The centerpieces¬†were¬†mason jars filled¬† with moss grass and white & yellow balloons to keep the look rustic yet young & fun!¬† There are elements from the book throughout such as the red cardinal, the polar bears, the¬†night¬†sky peeking in the window, & the stars.

Design Inspiration

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Decorating Style

I wanted to use more than blue for the night ski so I created the party using primarily yellow & white.  I wanted to pull elements from the book in with personal things that had meaning to my family.  I also wanted a rustic but fun look so  combined outdoor elements with balloons.

Project Details

I created a dessert table backdrop by painting a canvas & using glitter hairspray to achieve twinkling starts.  I distressed an old wooden high chair.  I painted an old window found in my sister barn,

Favorite Items

I loved my blue ombre cake!


When planning a party, stick with something that has personal meaning because it will turn out so much better when you pour your heart & soul into it.


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Where did you get the tags for the lightning bug favors?

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Saturday 5th of October 2013

The personalized bug catchers look fun and interesting.