brigie’s first birthday

first birthday party inspiration

My little Brigie just turned one.  Hard to believe it’s been a year already!  I wanted to throw a little party for her, but was a bit wiped out after Christmas and our trip to ALT Summit.  After some thinking, I thought it would be a fun reason to throw a little Valentine soiree, since it’s about that time.  Vivi also has an obsession with valentines as of late, and I can’t think of much better to a three year old than valentines + a birthday party + cupcakes, so I decked out the playroom and asked Lesley and her girls to come play and Sara captured the morning for me. (Sources: triangle banner and petal fans)

first birthday party inspiration

I mean, look at that face.  I can’t get enough of her snuggles.

first birthday party inspiration

I tried to get crafty for the decorations, rather than going overboard on getting things printed or made, and Minted was kind enough to send me a few things (like the table runner, the circle and triangle banners, and those petal fans - such gorgeous color options!).  I had this vintage mirror on hand that I purchased on the cheap for my old office.  The glass is really super wavy, making it a bit strange on the wall, so I didn’t mind messing with it a bit.  I made a heart stencil and spray painted it with neon pink (and it washes/scrapes off fairly easily should I decide to remove it) and then I used the vinyl cutter to create her name (handwritten in the Paper app and then converted to vector) and silhouette.  You can do the same thing with a cricut or silhouette.

first birthday party inspiration

I kept the food pretty simple with heart shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit, and some cheese and spreads with pink punch to drink (it’s that honest pink lemonade).  I also made some cupcakes, which for the life of me I cannot make pretty, but they tasted ok.  How adorable is that table runner?  The best part is that it wipes clean, so I can reuse it as much as I want.  Vivi loves picking out her name and figuring out the letters.

first birthday party inspiration

first birthday party inspiration

I had fun making all these little arrows (see tutorial on BHG style spotters today!).  I found some branches in the backyard, spray painted them gold, and then hung the arrows from them with ribbons and gold garland.  It really made for a magical feel downstairs!  I don’t want to take any of it down.

first birthday party inspiration

There was a little valentine making station in the corner for the older girls to have fun with stickers and paper.  It has kept Vivi quite busy since the party, too!

first birthday party inspiration

first birthday party inspiration

first birthday party inspiration

Excuse the wrinkled curtains.  I think they got crumpled in the cleanup after Vivi’s birthday party (they double as movie theater curtains!) – and really, who has time for ironing?!

first birthday party inspiration

Other than valentine making, the main activity was eating.  This wasn’t intentional, but they sure are cute with treats in hand!

first birthday party inspiration

first birthday party inspiration

That Matilda.  Not only is she a sweetie (and she is 5! Such a big girl!  Vivi thinks she hung the moon.), but she has pretty fantastic taste.  I think I’d like her to be my personal stylist.

first birthday party inspiration

first birthday party inspiration

I had envisioned them sitting around the table and eating, but with two little almost toddlers constantly on the go, that didn’t really happen.  Brigette much preferred to climb up to sit on the table, so the table settings had to go, but they had a fun time. I think it would work better with a group Vivi and Matilda’s age.

first birthday party inspiration

first birthday party inspiration

It was really fun getting to celebrate my baby, and I enjoyed having a small group and getting the morning well documented.  Sometimes smaller can be better.

first birthday party inspiration

first birthday party inspiration

Thanks again so much to Sara for taking the beautiful photos!  She is also the one who stayed with Vivi when we left at midnight for the hospital to have Brigette, so it was only fitting to have her here to celebrate with us!

 

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17 Responses to “brigie’s first birthday”

  1. […] this past week, we celebrated my baby’s first birthday with a little valentine party.  It was really fun getting crafty with the decor, and one of my favorite details was the little […]

  2. Meghan says:

    I love this. Our daughters birthday is right after Christmas so I’m considering the belated Valentines Celebration so its special and not exhausting!

  3. […] this past week, we celebrated my baby’s first birthday with a little valentine party.  It was really fun getting crafty with the decor, and one of my favorite details was the little […]

  4. Oh gracious, that photo of Phoebe

  5. Aunt Ashley says:

    This is so great! I love the photo of Brigette with the straw. Such a sweet smile :)

  6. it was the perfect morning! thanks for the sweet compliment about my bebe. i love these girls! happy birthday sweet brigie!

  7. Jessica says:

    I love that tent, where is it from?

  8. Kitty says:

    Wonderful pictures! What a sweet, intimate party. Just perfect for little Brigette. The decorations are gorgeous as well. I just love the new website too! So many helpful options-just lots of fun to play with. Happy, happy to Brigette and to you and Chip!

  9. Gosh.. this is too precious…
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

  10. Jenni says:

    Seriously…. everything is perfect and gorgeous!! Didn’t you know that “wrinkled” curtains are on trendjQuery11100186398949008435_1392160539095 That is my personal belief anyway. ;)

  11. This is amazing as usual! Could you post a link to the Paper App you used? I can’t find it. Thanks!

  12. Julie H. says:

    I want to see and hear more about the pink portrait lady that’s hanging over your sofa.

  13. Barbara Conn says:

    I love the curtains! Did you make them? If not where did you get them?

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