My little girl Nora just celebrated her first birthday. I am pretty shocked at how quickly her first year went by. I have loved watching her grow and see the person she is starting to become. She is such a wonderful child, I couldn't be more grateful for her sweetness.
Envisioning her party was easy. Making those ideas reality, however, was more challenging. I knew early on that I wanted to do a garden party--that was the easy part. But I don't have a garden--that was the hard part. Ha! Thankfully I am friends with some pretty talented people who can help bring my visions to life.
It all started with the party invitation. Jen Tong of The Trim Shoppe painted Nora's portrait for the invitation. Lauren Clements, a local graphic designer and close friend helped me bring to life the rest of her invitation. It's so fun seeing my ideas come to life, I feel like thats how this entire party went!
Jen of The Trim Shoppe is a friend I met when we worked together at Anthropologie. She helped give my yard some much-needed oomph by hand-weaving a table runner to go down the wooden pallets & dip-dying macrame that I strung across my fence. We were texting one night and I told her some of my ideas. When she ventured to help & suggested we dip dye it I jumped out of bed immediately and went to measure my fence. I could barely stand my excitement. I know, I know...clearly I need to relax. I can honestly say that what she created surpassed my expectations. (Pssst she is available for all sorts of custom work! She can paint, do pretty much anything with fiber/fabric, and is a dream boat to work with! Check her out!)
I found the perfect plates for the party at Hoopla Events. Yellow stripes! I even got coordinating party favor bags and filled them with toys from Zurchers Party Store. I loved how the yellow softened all of the bright and bold pinks I had everywhere. I also got ceramic letters in N-O-R-A from Hoopla Events. They can be used in so many ways (candy dishes, dips, favors, etc!). I used them here as mini flower vases.
I got my dessert plates, utensils, napkins, and balloons from Zurchers Party Store! I love how they all coordinate and compliment each other. Sometimes its nice to combine brands and products to achieve the feel you are looking for. Ha, I am talking about plates like they are art! I guess I get caught up in the details... Anyway, I originally thought the 60 balloons I bought from Zurchers would be plenty. But when I put them in my yard I was surprised it didn't feel fuller! I probably could have used a 100 and been happy. The 60 (minus about the 10 that popped on my fence) helped close in the space and brighten up the backdrop. One of my favorite things about Zurchers is that you can order your balloons way in advance and pick up the day of the party. Easy peasy.
Food can make or break a party. So I decided to keep it simple but delicious. I partnered with The Organic Kitchen to whip up a delicious Pulled Pork & Traditional Slaw. I also served pulled chicken and citrus slaw. And because I love small bites, I went the slider route. To make life even easier easier, I prepped all of the food in advance. The protein cooked in the crock pot all day and I chopped all of my veggies the day before (actually, my sweet mama did while I painted drop cloths). I also served organic lemonade, The Organic Kitchens Strawberry + Marscapone dip, and caprese on a stick. The food was delicious and we didn't have anything left!
My husband will be the first to tell you that I shouldn't bake. Every once in a while I attempt and then quickly remember why I don't. For some reason I just struuuuugle! So I prefer to hire out for my desserts. I first discovered The Mighty Baker--a local Utah baker whose treats look soon delicious--on Instagram. I ordered his beautiful Scandinavian Rosette Cookies and they did not disappoint.
I had the cupcakes, main cake, and smash cake all done by The Sweetest Things Cake Shoppe. I think I was told 10x how incredible the cake tasted. She was sweet and left them simply frosted for me to decorate.
Nora CLEARLY loved her first experience with cake! My personal favorite is when her foot got involved.
The wall posters were painted by my sweet friend Lauren, the same friend who did Nora's invitation. I adorned them with handmade tissue flowers & pennant banners from Zurchers Party Store. Flowers for the macrame, the hanging garlands, and the arrangements on the dessert table were all by the talented and sweet Amelia Design. I loved how the garlands finished off the yard so well. To give the guests something to sit on I painted stripes on drop cloths, which also helped really brighten up the party.
Liz Williams of Lizzyography was our party photographer. I appreciate the fact that Liz knows me, my house, my family, and can just work around the chaos. When she arrived I was still unshowered, unfed, and hanging decor...she just rolls with it. The good news is, she always manages to capture priceless moments. Having a photographer who is relaxed yet works hard is a blessing. Thanks Liz for the beautiful images!
Overall, it was a perfect party and all for our very special little lady. So happy we were able to celebrate with our friends and family. xo