The inspiration for our sweet little Malia's first birthday party was LOVE. Although we were celebrating Malia's epic milestone, we also celebrated our family and friends who enrich our lives, make us laugh and love our babies. For any get together we host, it is so important for us to make all of our guests feel the love. With Malia's birthday being so close to Valentine's day, I used hearts and arrows as inspiration and incorporated organic elements with a touch of glam (i.e the beautiful tassel garland from confetti systems). The result was a cool girly chic sweet party that perfectly captured her spirit. I pulled much of the inspiration for the party from blogs and party planners I admire, and I also found inspiration in an unexpected place - instagram. Through instagram, I find inspiration and art in everyday living. I am currently obsessed.
Hearts and arrows were found throughout - from the art we washi taped above the party tables, party signage to the cupcake toppers. The tables were filled with Wood bowls and platter as well as succulents and plants to bring the outside in especially because our freezing cold temps in Minnesota keep us indoors most of the winter. And cream roses in simple jars added just the right touch of girly chic. I wish I was crafty and love the handmade look but since I am NOT, I turned to the next best thing -- Etsy! I worked with so many great vendors to create the look.
We served many filipino and indian dishes half home cooked by my mother and the other half catered. Salty Bird (chocolate cake, buttercream, toffee pieces and coarse sea salt) and Vanilla Bean cake pops and White chocolate raspberry and gluten free snickerdoodle cupcakes filled the dessert table.
Malia wore the cutest little crewcuts navy polka dot bubble skirt with a chambray shirt. The red bando pin made the outfit.
For the kids acitivity, we kept it really simple by incorporating one of our kids favorite activities....dance party! We set out loads of musical instruments and turned on Phoenix radio station on Pandora. What is better than a music and dance party for busy littles to let loose and release some energy?!?!
|Big Brother helped birthday girl blow out her candle :)|
Love filled the air and the vibe was magical. We feel so lucky to have the best friends and family who care for us and love our children like their own.
Product List & Vendor Credits:
Photography: Melissa Oholendt
Signage: Grace and Guy
Art Prints: Sugar Paper
Cake Pops: Rasberry Bird Cake Pops
Cupcakes: Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique and Bakery
Tassel Garland: Confetti Systems
Birthday Banner & Cake Topper: Steph Loves Ben
Heart Cupcake Toppers: Alisa Mayde
Floral Flag Cupcake Topper: Molasses Candy
Favors: Ban.do Mini Hearts & Children's Book