This party is in full bloom! Heather Equitz of Heather Equitz Designs styled this Pretty Summer Dahlia First Birthday Party for the cutest little flower child! Heather used such a beautiful, classic combination of natural, neutral textures and bright pops of color from the dahlias. And I love the idea of using a darker table cloth and paper flowers at the kids’ table to minimize cleanup! Maybe I should start doing that at my own table ;)
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
- Bright pink & orange dahlias in multi vase table centerpieces & matching tissue pom garlands
- Sleek white tablescape for the adult tables + bright pink table covered with gold confetti for the kiddos
- Pink & orange confetti layer smash cake, mini meringue topped key lime pies + a dahlia topped macaron tower
- Coordinating floral dress for the birthday girl + bowls filled with colorful toys & favors for guests
PARTY DETAILS as told by Heather…
This party was styled for an adorable little girl turning one. The client first came to me with a simple but elegant invitation in the pink and orange color scheme, but didn’t have a set party theme. I chose to center the look around two things, natural color with neutral textures and the strikingly beautiful dahlias. Dahlias are the perfect mix of organic, pattern, and color. When left to shine on their own against a neutral palette, they create amazing eye candy. Since this flower comes in a huge array of colors, I knew it would be easy to find bright oranges and pinks as well as more muted versions to offset the bold palette. I loved the juxtaposition of the clean patterns of the flowers and bright colors with the soft neutral organic textures of the placemats, twine, and wood.
I chose to create multi vessel centerpieces to fit around the table umbrellas for a more casual and elegant feel. The combination of tall and short vases and egg cups made it easy to showcase each flower’s unique form. It was a hot day, so lacy wooden fans were displayed around each table to provide some cool air and also made for a great design element. Wooden utensils were individually wrapped in hand stamped bags and sealed with coordinating Washi tape. The adult favors, organic Kettle Corn in cute graphic paper bags, were a huge hit. Custom labels were created with the words “Thanks for POPPIN’ by!”
The children’s table was so fun to create. Instead of the white table cloth, I opted for a bright pink one to avoid noticeable spills. For the centerpiece, I made a paper flower bouquet from a Paper Source flower wreath kit by attaching the assembled flowers to floral wire and cutting some tall filler “leaves.” The paper bouquet provided an elegant and whimsical centerpiece, but most importantly, one that the parents didn’t have to worry about. Hand cut tissue confetti picked up the colors of the surrounding pom decor and added some sparkle. The children’s favors included boys and girls mini doodle books, colored pencils and cases made from recycled paper, custom chunky bead bracelets for the girls, snap watches for the boys, and an array of yummy and silly kid treats. I love this favor formula and I try to use it whenever possible: something, (1) to be creative (2) to wear (3) to eat (4) to be silly. It never fails to please!
I loved the custom birthday sign that the client had made by a friend of the family! It was so elegant, and he was able to take the vector images from the invite to create a stunning two toned engraved wood sign. Such a nice touch! The smash cake was custom-made by Merely Sweets. The clients opted for a “no fire” candle option, so I made a cute sparkler out of a swizzle stick and paper straw… Voilà! Safe sparkle, and the birthday girl was fascinated by it.
The dessert table was displayed in a niche with a built in cabinet. The mirror, being house decor, of course could not be moved. But the niche was a little shallow for a backdrop, so I created a tissue monogram to center in the mirror. This worked out perfectly and complimented the clean and bold look of the party. We served macarons, mini key lime pies, mini chocolate cupcakes, and various candies including favorites of the birthday girl’s dad (this is always important). Champagne sparklers made with Izzy brand sodas and champagne were served outside and were refreshing in the warm weather.
All in all this party was a joy to design. I love working with seasonal elements and lovely colors, and the birthday girl was so sweet and beautiful.
- Styling, florals, photography & labels: Heather Equitz Designs
- Rentals & linens: Baker Party Rentals
- Mini desserts: Sweet and Saucy, Newport Beach
- Smash cake, macarons & tower display: Merely Sweets
- Bead Bracelets: Girlz N Glitter
- Pom Garland: Pom Love
- Tissue Poms: Pom Goddess
- Birthday Banner: So Sweet Party Shop
- Infant Dahlia Headbands: Precise Patterns
- Bags, candy tubes & cutlery bags: Lola Loves A Party
- Placemats & vases: IKEA