Monday, March 4, 2013
I'm not exactly sure how I came up with the idea to do a "baby love" party, but I think I just wanted something relatively simple and something that conveyed the sweetness that is my baby girl and my enormous love for her. So "baby love" it became. Also, since her birthday is so close to Valentine's Day, I thought it was fitting.
I chose a pretty color scheme of light pink and sparkly gold. All of the decor and details from the party are being re-purposed into Juliet's playroom.
I loved planning Juliet's party and I love how it all came together. I was fortunate to have lots of help from family and friends leading up to the party. One important thing I've learned since having a baby is to not be afraid to ask for help. I have an awesome, supportive family who is always here anytime I need them. They all helped and I appreciate it so much.
We held Juliet's party on her actual birthday on Saturday, February 16th. Erik and my immediate families were invited plus my closest four girlfriends and their families. In total, we had about 27 people over.
I'm going to break Juliet's party into two parts because I have tons and tons of photos. Jessica of Live the Fancy Life blog photographed the party. She recently started consulting (for event planning as well as PR) and she also has a side business doing photography called Jessica Rose Photography. I knew the day was already going to be crazy enough getting ready for the party, while taking care of a toddler, and I didn't want the added stress of having to take my own photos. Hiring Jessica was the best decision.
Photo credits to Jessica Rose Photography.When guests arrived, they were greeted with a "LOVE" table. I asked everyone to write a "love letter" to Juliet using a pink heart. I'll keep these in her baby box and we can read them when she's older.
Erik spent the couple weeks leading up to the party helping with odds and ends, like spray painting these frames and the giant mirror gold. I have been planning on getting that up for a while and Juliet's party finally motivated us to hang it! The mirror was a $16 find at Good Will. Spray paint was an additional $15. I found these cute heart pillows at Target before Valentine's Day and had them on our couches.
Above the table, we displayed cute LOVE prints I ordered on Etsy and a photo of Juliet from her recent one year session.
I bought the letters at Michaels and had Erik spray paint them gold. Showing the birthday girl her party decorations. This pink yarn wreath with a mini heart banner was on the front door the day of the party. I made this "One" sign (and most of the heart decorations) using a Cricut machine from Staples. The Cricut is awesome and once I figured out how to use it (took me a couple hours) it saved me a lot of time. It cuts shapes and letters with all different fonts. I will get tons of use out of this thing for all my future party planning!
We had a pretty little display on our mantle above our fireplace. The love printed frame and all the photos are always there and I added the heart banner, pink yarn wreath with a gold heart and the beautiful "chalkboard". This chalkboard sign was one of my favorite details of the day, made by my sister-in-law, Nikki of Lovely Scribbles. I saw something similar on Pinterest and sent her a photo asking if she could make it for Juliet's party. Nikki used a piece of black foam core and luckily chalk worked well on it. It looks like a real chalkboard at a fraction of the price. The foam core was only $8 at Michaels and Nikki already had the chalk.
We featured Juliet's "loves" on the sign. Isn't it just awesome? I love it so much I haven't taken it down. Hearts, hearts and more hearts. We had a drink table set up in the dining room and above it I strung a ribbon with monthly photos of Juliet. Each photo had a little pink heart in the upper corner with her age. I love seeing how much she's grown month-to-month, 12 whole months of my little, beautiful girl.
We used pretty pink and white striped drink straws for "build-your-own-mimosas".We kept drinks pretty easy and offered water, orange juice, coffee and mimosas.
See that pretty Jenny Lind high chair? I found it on Craigs List and Erik spray painted it white (this was sort of last minute and the chair could have really used a second coat). This was supposed to be Juliet's smash cake chair but we ended up not using it (Juliet was happy in her other high chair and we decided not to chance it by transferring her). We had a little "fake" cake smash in Juliet's one year photo session so we still have cute photos of her in this chair.
Yes, I dressed in theme. Target had this cute pink heart sweater that I couldn't pass up for her party.
Juliet's party was a brunch (my favorite...and Juliet loves it too!).
Here is the menu:
Ham and cheese quiche
Three cheese quiche
Spinach and cheese quiche
Roasted red breakfast potatoes
Build-your-own-fruit-and-yogurt-parfaits (vanilla yogurt in individual cups with strawberries and granola mix-ins)
Almost all of the food was store-bought. I love the frozen quiche from Byerlies. Honestly, I've learned to be ok with having store-bought food at my parties. With a baby (toddler!!!) there is not as much time for homemade goodies.
I used a mini heart punch and glued hearts on each cup for the build-your-own-yogurt-parfaits. Can't have a brunch without a donut tower. The kiddos loved the donuts. Another one of my favorite details were these heart-shaped pancakes. I have to give a big shout-out to my mother-in-law, Karen. She came into town for the weekend and helped out so much. Karen and Erik made all the pancakes the night before and cut them the morning of (using a heart-shaped cookie cutter).
Aren't they so super cute? Idea from Pinterest.
My beautiful little birthday girl!!! She wore a cute, heart ruffly dress from Old Navy with a pink heart headband from Gap.
Playing with her "desserts" and her new play kitchen.
Hanging with grandma.
Please stay tuned for part two including the invitations, dessert table, photo booth and cake smash photos!!!
Update: click here for part two!
Photography: Jessica Rose Photography
Event styling: Jenna of Eat Drink Pretty
Each beat of my heart Etsy print (in yellow and pink): Etsy Hairbrained Schemes shop
I love you this much Etsy print (in hot pink): Etsy Hairbrained Schemes shop
Heart banners, One sign: Cricut Machine from Staples
"Chalkboard" love sign: Lovely Scribbles
Placecards: Printable template from Onto Baby
Disclosure: Staples provided me with the Cricut Machine. All the opinions are my own.