Avery’s ONEderful Garden Party

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Your daughter only turns one once, right? That’s what I kept telling myself during the planning of this event. My mom was known for throwing extravagant birthday parties for me (and was also the creative party planner behind hundreds of baby showers, birthday parties, and weddings.) I had to make her proud!

Picking a theme seemed to be rather challenging for me. She has a summer birthday – that could mean so many fun themes! I thought a flamingo themed party would be ideal, but then my husband made a good point: “what if she wants that theme when she is older and can invite her friends to the pool?” That question applied to the next theme I thought of – a mermaid theme, which would be perfect when she gets older. So then I thought to myself, “why does she need theme?” She’s one, and one is fabulous in itself! It could be a garden party with gorgeous flowers and gold everything.

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Drinks

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The backdrop I envisioned had to have lots of boxwood greenery and draping flowers. The sign was custom made by Happily ever Etched, who were an absolute joy to work with. They provided so many different options and helped me select the right one for this backdrop. All of the party details are listed below. I keep telling myself I won’t go this big for a birthday party again – but if my daughter is anything like me, she will have a vision of her own. As her mother, I MUST meet her every demand, right?!

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I could not have done it without my team of helpers. Shout out to my mama, my awesome hubby, Grandma Ann, cousin Lani, auntie Annette and cousin Bridgette for lending their time to make this event absolutely ONEderful!

 

VENDORS:

Photography: Thomas and Laci Photography
Cake
: Great Dane Bakery
Custom Wood “Avery” sign: Happily Ever Etched
Custom Wood Signs: Taste of Art
Cookies: Shannon’s Sweet Tooth
Custom floral number 1, Time Capsule Sheets, Cake toppers: Crowned Creations
High Chair: 4moms
Avery’s bow: Lennon & Co


My Mom’s 50th Birthday

We celebrated my mom’s big 5-0 last weekend. What a fabulous number for an absolutely fabulous woman! Throughout my childhood, she was always decorating for weddings, birthdays and anything else that needed an artful and unique touch.

My mom is, by far, the most creative person I know, which can often cause some anxiety when planning creative events for her. For this party, it was extremely important for me to design and create imaginative invites…by hand. Dun dun dunnnnnnn. For the theme of the party, I had planned a huge backyard party at my house – 50 is a big deal, after all! But when I called and asked what she wanted, she requested something small and intimate. She also had a few specific requests: the color pink, Italian cuisine, immediate family and carrot cake.

I had to obey my mom’s wishes. She was the birthday girl (and my mom!) after all. I created the 5×7 invites with Photoshop and printed them on photo paper. I knew my mom would be happy that I brought out the scrapbooking cutter and matted the invites on black cardstock. (So fancy, huh?) Email me if you would like an editable version. I’m happy to share with you!

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All birthday queens need a fabulous cake with pink candles, and my mom is no exception. I made carrot cake from scratch, filled it with cream cheese frosting, topped it with cream cheese frosting mixed with walnuts, and voila! A cake fit for a queen.

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I created a few fun games for us to play at the table, and we spent the afternoon laughing and reminiscing over old photos.

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It was a great party and everyone had a great time. Happy Birthday Mom! I love you; here’s to another 50 years!

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