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pink and gold love themed first birthday party

Love is in the air! A while back, we featured Jennifer and Jonathan’s middle daughter’s birthday party, and now they’re back with this sweet Love Themed Milk & Cookies First Birthday! It’s fun to see how they transformed various spaces in their home to fit the theme, from a decorated mantle and sunny kitchen tablescape to a celebratory high chair nook and more. Almost everything you see here is DIY by mom & dad — they definitely poured a LOT of love into this party! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY book pages wall & heart cut-out book garland + a folded pages wreath & golden ‘Je t’aime’ book sign
  • DIY gold painted ‘LOVE’ & ‘RUBY’ letters + ‘LOVE’ mugs as tulip centerpieces on vintage books
  • DIY framed chicken wire first year photo board & custom first year chalkboard sign
  • Pink ombre heart cookies + pink & gold ‘1’ cookies + strawberry & plain milk bar & “milk carton” party favors

birthday high chair decorations with a book pages backdrop

chalkboard first birthday sign and book pages garland

heart themed first birthday garlands and centerpiece


birthday party photo wall collage

book pages wreath and heart shaped cookies

pink ombre heart cookies

first birthday photo board

future career birthday party dol game

korean doljabi career game

first birthday family photo


PARTY DETAILS as told by Jonathan

For our new 1-year old, Ruby Jane’s birthday, the theme of the party was a milk & cookies reception. We staged our entry way to be warm and welcoming to all.

The high chair area was decorated for her to eat her cake and for the birthday song. The backdrop is made out of vintage book pages glued with spray adhesive to butcher paper. This came together very quickly.

We used our mantle piece to make a big statement in the living room. We found three books, and spelled out ‘je’taime’ in gold lettering in the books.

We ordered the custom-party favors from Anders Ruff. They were filled with pink M&M’s. One of our favorite sweet treats were the ombre-frosted pink heart shortbread cookies.

We did lots of DIYs, including an easy-to-do paper wreath, ‘LOVE’ letters from JoAnn Fabrics, spray painted gold, and a book pages heart garland. For the photo sign, we printed our favorite Instagram photos from this easy-to-use website. You can get 24 pics for $12! We also made some paper heart garlands for the main area and put pink tulips in Anthropologie mugs, which made a beautiful centerpiece.

For Korean babies, it is traditional to have them pick an object which will describe their future. Guests could make a guess as to what Ruby would pick. Ruby wore a traditional Korean hanbok and picked the musical instrument.

We hired a chalk artist to put together a few fun facts about Ruby. We also hired a caricature artist to do portraits to keep the kids entertained.

Vendor Credit
  • Photography: Julie Hahn
  • Custom Party Favors: Anders Ruff