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Gone Bananas Birthday Party

We’ve gone bananas! Lea turned 7 and was so excited to finally be able to have a party with her friends and regain some childhood normalcy. She also just finished in person school which given what’s been going on was huge for the kids. When I asked her what theme she wanted she said ” I just want to go bananas” and so our banana theme was born. I wanted to create a stunning yellow vintage banana concept. With the help of my secret weapon, 3 little birds who burned the midnight oil painting every piece in different shades of yellow, I was able to achieve that.

The stunner’s were definitely the vintage chairs that we hand selected and painted to resemble an ombre shades of yellow. We maintained the ombre concept with the tableware and the desserts. The table stunned everyone. I had never seen such a beautiful bouquet of flowers. The bright yellows were so perfect for this summer frontyard party. Each touch was thought out from the banana placecards done by Anne Jones to the banana stir sticks by Creative Amme. The banana cake and mini donuts were the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Janice Wong just gets it. She also bring the vision to life with her beautiful and modern looking desserts.

The kids jumped around in a pastel yellow bounce house from Bounce Couture that was ballooned to keep up with the ombre concept by Shana Sharp of Sharp Balloons. Lea had an amazing time and so did her friends. It was so nice to see so much joy in their faces. The kids went home with cookies from Doughy Dogs and custom tote bags.

A Super Hero First Birthday!

A pandemic baby, it was only appropriate to celebrate what a little super hero this baby boy has been! A ray of sunshine in a dark year, his super power has been his constant smiles, joy and laughter.
Inspired by a family nickname of “Thor”, I wanted this to be a celebration not just for him, but also to celebrate what a “super star” his older brother has been through this last year. This was a party both children would enjoy, and I felt that we all needed some celebration.
Each child was given their own super hero cape and costume, I hand made the high chair banner with scraps of ribbon and fabric, and the backdrop and cake topper were the special details that brought everything together.
I still cannot believe that this little guy is ONE! What a year it has been!
 

Lennon’s Little Legends, Exceptional Men in Black History

It’s no secret that it’s been a tough year for children. I wanted to do something at home for Lennons birthday to honor his heritage. Ever since he was a baby, we’ve been reading a page of Vashti Harrison’s “Little Legends, Exceptional Men in Black History” to him every night. Every night we focus on one individual and their accomplishments. As he’s getting older, he’s starting to look forward to this. When I had the idea to make this book a birthday theme for him. Images are powerful and shape our identity. I wanted him to feel represented in a beautiful light.
The cover of the book was my inspiration. I worked with moon rising, an incredible designer that helped me recreate Lennon in the same style as the characters in the book. He was now front and center as he is an exceptional black boy, soon to be man. Each child had a bookmark with a different character from the book and their names on the back. We had library cards made so that they can continue with the rest of the book series reading about exceptional people in history. I kept the color scheme the same as the cover of the book, focusing on black white mint and yellow stars. Working with Pavan Floral is always a pleasure. The florals she creates are stunning. They always fit perfectly with my aesthetic. Janice Wong with the desert never disappoints. We had a beautiful cake where she hand painted the characters. The cookies featured the faces of the characters in the book and the cake pops had a printed image of the cover.
The star of the show was the incredible backdrop provided by Modest Peach. They recreated the cover and had each character life size standing on podiums. I want Lennon to always remember this day. How special he is. How exceptional he is and to shoot for the stars.
A bbq lunch catered by the incredible Sarah of Active Palate was the perfect meal. The children had Mac and cheese cups and fried chicken sliders, while the adults had bbq and a beautiful grazing table put together by cheese pretty please. A yummy green juice for the kids  and sangria for adults by Nate Parker really complimented the meal. The incredible Kara Coleen shot this day for us. She helped us capture the magic of a day we’ll always remember.

Logan’s Wild One Birthday

My son, Logan, recently turned one on February 13th, 2020! He is my first child and I am a wedding planner so I just HAD to go all out! Due to the pandemic, weddings aren’t exactly happening as planned here in Minnesota this past year. Therefore I needed a way to express my creativity and what better way to do it than plan and design my son’s first birthday.
The theme was “Wild One” and had a jungle safari vibe. A local balloon company, The Balloon Engineer, did an amazing balloon installation in my home which served as the backdrop for the photo shoot. I hired a photographer, Natalie of Bauer Creative, to take photos day-of. Custom cookies were provided by Linda Bakes and a smash cake and cupcakes were provided by Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe. Everything came together perfectly and exactly how I had envisioned it.
Happy Birthday, Logan!

“Oh What Fun!, Norah Claire is Turning One”

When I went to search for birthday themes for our December Baby I just kept coming across Winter ONE-derland and it seems that was all. I kept searching and searching for themes that we could tie into the Christmas season but I also wanted something that resembled birthday colors rather than only Christmas or winter. So I decided to scour Etsy and I finally found the “Oh What Fun” invitations from HunnyPrints and I was so excited. It was a play on a Traditional Christmas song lyric but also had colors that I thought would be super fun for a birthday party!
So I based the party around the invitation and I am so happy on how it turned out! I still got to use vibrant colors while keeping the theme related to Christmas/winter season.
I adorned the wall with a balloon garland in the colors white,dusty rose, gold, sage green, and forest green.
For the table decorations I scored these adorable bottle brush trees from the target dollar section! What a find and wallet saver!
Also whats a December birthday party with a hot cocoa bar! I ordered some candy cane disposable cocoa cups from Amazon and Stuffed some marshmallows into mason jars that I tied white and gold twine onto. The two tiered tin and gold serving tray was the perfect piece to set it all on. To top it it off my close friend Lauren (a party planning queen btw) gave me some adorable stir sticks that were snowflakes and some that were topped with frosted Christmas trees!
We didn’t end up having a ton of guests because of the pandemic but the party was a hit
A “oh, what fun!” , intimate celebration of our baby .
 
 

Sloane’s Rainbow and Unicorn Themed 1st Birthday

I can’t believe my baby girl turned one. Even though we are still social distancing and living in our new normal, there was no way I was going to let this milestone go by and not make it as special as possible for my Sloaney.
It was unicorn and rainbow themed, with all the magical vibes. There was a lot of pastel, iridescent accents and girlyness all around! I DIY-ed a majority of the decorations and really tried to put my love and efforts into making the party as special as can be for my sweet girl. We had it in our backyard with immediate family and a couple close friends. It really turned out to be the most special day.
I linked and described everything below. All of the adorable photos were taken by Kim from Apple of Our Eye.
I DIY-ed a lot of these elements and purchased a ton on Amazon. I made a Party Supply Amazon List with a lot of the supplies too.
– Pastel Balloon Garland Backdrop– I made the balloon garland myself using a garland kit I found on Amazon. Warning, this DIY is not for the faint of heart.
– Tassle Highchair Banner – This is from an awesome balloon and tassle etsy shop, Gen Woo.
– DIY Balloon Rainbow Arch – This was a DIY idea from a photo I found on Pinterest. I ordered long pastel balloons and used a fringe iridescent garland for the tassels.
– Sweet Table – The gorgeous cakes are from Love and Butter Cream, an adorable shop in Birmingham, Michigan. I ordered a cheap iridescent tablecloth on Amazon, got the garland on sale at Hobby Lobby and the cake plates are from Target from a few years ago.
– Party Hat – Her rainbow party hat is from Etsy.
– Favors – The unicorn favor bags are by Meri Meri from Papersource and inside were Sugarfina “Your are Magical Candies.”
– Mantel Decor – I DIY-ed this fringe garland using tissue paper. I added on the ONE script ballon over the fringe and put balloons on either side.
– Sloane Turns 1 Sign – I wanted to do something a little different than the usual photo banner, so I created a photo board. I used a template from Harper and Wren Etsy Shop and then uploaded my favorite photos from each month. I taped onto a large board using watercolored washi tape. I used the cricut machine to cut out the rose gold letters on top.
– Flowers – I got these pastel bouquets for $8 each at Whole Foods! I got 6 and used some as centerpieces and some on the food tables.
– Tablescape – I used ombre rainbow plates and cups from Meri Meri and pastel napkins with polka dots from Meri Meri as well. I used gold plastic ware from amazon. I also put iridescent unicorn horns on the center of each table and a piñata unicorn in the center of each table.
– Photo Straws – This was a last minute idea and one of my favorite little details. Just printed off a photo of Sloane with a party hat and taped to all the straws.
– Balloons – Expert tip – have someone else blow up the balloons! I always try to do this myself and I always regret it. Here is a link to the iridescent star balloon, rainbow balloon, jumbo pastel balloons and the unicorn balloon. If you are blowing up yourself, make sure to get balloon clips and an air pump if doing a garland.
– Tabletop Signs – I had these acrylic signs from a baby shower I threw in the past, so I but reused and changed desisn using my Cricut machine and iridescent vinyl.
– Water Bottle Labels – This is just one of my favorite little ways to personalize a party and bring a theme in. Just print, wrap and tape.
– Sloanes Outfit – Lots of questions on her coat. I got it from Little Rascals in Birmingham, made by Sara Sara. Her tutu is by ILovePlum and her shoes are Freshly Picked.
– Dollhouse – This was a true labor or love for me. This was a dollhouse me and my Dad built when I was a little girl. I decided to rehab it, paint it and give it a little facelift and gift it to Sloane on her first birthday.
– Car – The hot pink Mercedes was a gift from Sloane’s grandparents.
– Swan – The adorable swan rocker was a gift from Sloane’s other grandparents. Will go so adorable in her room.
– Busy Board – made by a local Michigan artist, ArtworksbyAmy.
– Pink Foam Ball Pit – This ball pit is just so pretty.
– Photographer – She’s amazing and it was so nice not having to worry about snapping photos during the party. Kim Hoover from Apple of Our Eye.
It was such a special day for our sweet girl. Somehow during all of this, putting my love and time into things like this is what fills me up. I hope she looks back on this day and sees that even though it wasn’t a typical kid-filled first birthday party, it was special and she was surrounded by so much love.