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Baby C Turns One (17 photos)
I think I started planning my baby girl's first birthday party shortly after coming home from the hospital with her. It felt like I had so much time because one year seemed so far off in the future. Well it turns out that the first year flies by! The next thing I knew I was ordering invitations from the printer and putting together menu details.
Because the first birthday party is largely for the parents and other adults, I decided to forgo a true "theme" and settled on a color scheme instead. If I had to define a theme it would have been "The Big One". The color palette I chose (inspired by a digital paper pack I purchased from Hello Love Too on Etsy) was Tangerine, Sherbet, Robin's Egg Blue, and Pink. I ordered the adorable paper straws, baker’s twine, and party cups from TomKat Studio’s shop. All of the paper (invites, thank you notes, banners, tent cards, party circles, etc.) was designed by me and printed at home. I also made coordinating tissue paper pompoms and pinwheels. The beautiful floral centerpieces were designed by my long-time best friend and I loved how they felt so much like Spring.
We served lunch, which consisted of a salad bar with grilled salmon and chicken, pasta salad and assorted bread. Everyone loved it and it was a conveniently do-ahead menu. I baked color coordinated cookies and 2 kinds of cupcakes... Chocolate Malt and Banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The birthday girl had her first cake (and first sugar!) sitting in her vintage high chair that we sanded and painted aqua. She LOVED the cake and put on quite a show for everyone. I had high expectations for the cake smash and Baby C did not disappoint!
The day of the party turned out to be rainy, but we got creative and set up extra seating and the bar in the garage instead of the backyard. It was truly a beautiful day filled with so much love… it was everything I wanted it to be for my baby girl and our friends and family! I feel very fortunate that our photographer and friend, Hillary from Stills by Hill Photography, was there to capture it all.