First Birthday


As most parents can attest, time sure does fly, especially during those precious first years. So to slow things down for just a day, Tania, owner of Tania’s Design Studio, styled & DIYed this adorable “Time Flies” Airplane Themed 1st Birthday for her son. I am especially loving all of the retro details, like the LIFE Magazine save the date & mini, old-school […]

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Turning ONE is so much fun… but especially so when Mickey & the gang are involved! I was thrilled when Disney Baby asked me to come up with some creative DIY party ideas that complimented the Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Party Collection from Party City, which features adorable illustrations of BABY Mickey & friends. If […]

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Tulips, lilies & peonies, oh my! I am in LOVE with this gorgeous Spring Fling First Birthday Party, styled by Whitney Irene of Shiki for adorable, one-year-old Mila. From bunting to bundt cakes, flower crowns to crepe paper flowers, this bright affair is bursting with sunshine! And how cute is it that Mila’s dad stepped in to make that gorgeous floral archway?! Such a cute […]

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A sprinkle of glitter, a splash of sweetness, and a dash of sophistication brought together exactly what mommy, Elizabeth Kao, was hoping for: a first birthday party fit for her little prince AND princess! With the help of June Park of Cana’s Miracle, Dylan & Mila’s first birthday came to life with this totally dreamy & sophisticated Royal […]

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Camp RULES! Mommy (and “camp leader”) Cheryl Nguyen celebrated her son’s first birthday by gathering friends and family for an incredibly creative party at Camp Damon! And seriously, you guys… this Camping Birthday Party is absolutely *swarming* with fantastic DIY ideas, from succulent centerpieces and trail mix served in a tackle box to “campfire” favor bags cleverly […]

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I’m loving the decidedly GLAM twist that Courtney Adams of Courtney Adams Design put on this gold, pink & navy Nautical First Birthday Party for her (super adorable) little girl, Parker! Eye catching details like a giant marquee light anchor, bold sequined linens, and cleverly named treats (i.e. “Watermelon Wharf”!) were tied together beautifully with the […]

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I’m totally over the clouds for this Sweet & Whimsical Hot Air Balloon First Birthday by the talented Jennifer Yun of May Details Studio and Coffee and Milk Events! From adorable DIY hot air balloons hanging overhead to a playful, themed Doljabi game, clever luggage cupcake stands, and a custom cake topper featuring the birthday boy’s smiling face, […]

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Triplet boys means there’s LOTS of manliness in the house! So, when Joseph, Anthony, and Christopher turned one, Bruna Sanches of Simply Lace Photography and Kathie Barone of Southern Charm Vintage Rentals helped parents Anna and Frank throw a Rustic & Burly Lumberjack Bash that sure is incredibly handsome. Clever details like a 3D cardboard moose head, […]

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Vibrant flowers, lots of sparkle, and a generous dose of metallic…. PINEAPPLES! I mean, between that and a darling birthday girl, what’s not to love about this playful and glam “Yay One!” First Birthday Party, right?! Tastefully styled by Reina of Sweet Details Events and beautifully captured by Katie & Jolie of Pixilated Photobooth, this is one […]

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I can always count on talented duo Karrie and Elizabeth of Posh Paperie to take a popular theme and re-invent it with their signature {and insanely awesome!} designer touch. In this case, it’s cool illustrated cartoon pirates + whimsical nautical elements that set the tone a Rad Illustrated Swashbuckler Pirate Party for Karrie’s 4 year-old and 1 year-old birthday […]

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Feathers, ruffles, lace, vintage florals, and pastels… these are the makings of one seriously dreamy, girlie celebration… but even more so when it’s event designer Amy J. Birlew of Dimply Sweet that’s mixing things up! Inspired by the beautiful grounds at a local farm here in San Diego (and by the life-size tee-pees that can be […]

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Last fall, I designed a Big Top First Birthday Party for Fisher-Price, and it just went live on their site this week, so I’m super excited to finally share it with you! This theme was inspired by their adorable new Lion, Elephant, & Zebra Clicker Pals™. These toys are part of their Spring 2015 collection […]

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In continuation of yesterday’s Farm 1st Birthday Party – Part 1 for Fisher-Price, here we go with Part 2: The Farm-Inspired Dessert Table! When designing this table, I started with a concept for the backdrop. We made a barn silhouette shape out of foam core & felt (see the tutorial here), then added a pair […]

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BAA…NEIGH…OINK…MOO! Earlier this year, Fisher-Price asked me to design a Farm First Birthday Party inspired by their much-beloved Little People® Farm toys, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you today. :)  This is Part 1… stay tuned for the dessert table details in Part 2, which will be posted […]

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Roll out the red pink carpet, we’ve got royalty in the house! Adding some glitter & glam to this special event was Heidi Avolio of My Sweet Celebration who dreamt up everything in this Royal Princess 1st Birthday Party Dessert Table! Pink, gold & glitter has been a popular trend for quite a while now, and can’t you see why?! The […]

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For her daughter Maya’s first birthday, Laila Plant of One Inspired Party was inspired by a show she used to watch titled, “la abejita Maya” which translates to ‘bumblebee Maya.” As a twist on traditional bumblebee themes, Laila expertly incorporated garden details, like that gorgeous hedge wall backdrop & mossy woodland decor, to create this Secret Garden Bumblebee First Birthday […]

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For her daughter’s first birthday (and Korean Dol) Grace Kim crafted up a beautiful Balloon Inspired Celebration full of thoughtful details and sweet, handmade touches! I especially love all the creative ways she incorporated kraft paper textures – from the polka dot table runner and paper mache party hats to the totally unique dessert table […]

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Oh. My. Goodness! The first birthday party that Amy of Amy Stone Photography threw for her daughter, Hayley, is seriously the coolness. I happen to be a huge fan of geometric themes myself, so I might be a teensy bit partial in that respect ;) – but I’m sure that most anyone will appreciate the hefty […]

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A while back, I shared a Toy-Inspired Royal 1st Birthday Party with you that we created earlier this summer. We also posted a few fun extras from the party soon after – like this mess-free glittered forks DIY and lots of free printables – but got sidetracked with other projects and deadlines before we could get […]

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Babies can be tough at times, there’s no denying that. But then they smile and you remember just how much joy they bring into your life! For their daughter’s first birthday, Virginia Yu of Designs by Yu and her husband celebrated the light of their lives with this Cheery Little Miss Sunshine 1st Birthday Party. Their whole extended family came […]

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