isla’s first birthday

I love birthdays. It’s the only day you get to celebrate the pure existence of a person. This birthday was especially significant since it was my little Isla’s first. It also marks the anniversary of our little family becoming three.

So without further ado, here are tons of photos and details of the celebration I put together for our little lady.

I went with a glitter/sparkle theme and used the colors mint, pale pink, peach and gold to pull it off. I made most of the decorations myself and baked (with the help of my mom) all of the tasty treats.

Here is a link to my Pinterest board that I made to collect inspiration.

The invitations had sparkly bows on the front and fun, playful sparkly polka dots on back. I made each of the bows, but I promise, I didn’t individually sparkle the polka dots, I bought that paper and cut it to fit the back of the invites.

I served a dessert buffet, mostly full of cake, but there were also glitter almond sandwich cookies, peppermint patties and vanilla meringues. The large mint colored cake and the small peach cake was Smitten Kitchen’s Golden Butter Cake. The medium sized peach cake was Champagne Glitter Cake inspired by Appolinas.

I decorated the cakes with buttercream frosting, sanding sugars and disco dust. Unfortunately these photos don’t really do the cakes justice, they really did sparkle.

I found this sparkler candle from a little shop in Ballard way back in November and knew it would be perfect for this little fete.

Guests sipped on pink lemonade, a sparkling cocktail made with champagne, grapefruit juice and grenadine and small cartons of organic milk. And there were also paper straws in complimentary party colors.

I covered our kitchen table (BJ finished it just in time) in white butcher paper and lined homemade party hats down the center. I had crayons on hand for guests to draw while they were hanging out.

Inspired by Confetti System, I made tassel garland from crepe paper, mylar and rope trim. I hand cut confetti from the scraps left over from the tassel garland which I scattered down the table and around the desserts. All of the desserts were displayed on my jadeite cake stands which sat on top of a pink striped tablecloth.

I also made a Fancy Frill Balloon using crepe paper, tinsel and a gigantic 36″ round balloon. If huge balloons don’t make you happy, I’m not sure what will.

We had so much fun celebrating our little girl. The weather was perfect and we had a full house of people who we’re so thankful to call our friends. Isla rocked the celebration despite the fact that she only had one nap.

Believe it or not, this is the best group photo we got of (most of) the kiddos.

PS: thanks to my parents for all of their help. There’s no way, I could have pulled off all of this without their help. And to my husband, because, obviously. Thanks, also, to dear Megan who came all the way up from Seattle just to celebrate little I. She was also our official photographer. 🙂

PPS: Isla’s little dress was custom made by my talented mother. I don’t have a great photo of the whole thing, but it has the cutest cap sleeves and bubble hem. Thanks, Mom!


9 responses to “isla’s first birthday

  1. Clare

    Wow! Everything looks so beautiful! Great job!

  2. Rach! You really put the pedal to the metal and slogged it out on this one!! BEAUTIFUL party! Isla is so lucky! I especially love the confetti system tassel garland, you should give that it’s own diy post! I would use it for a future outdoor T-giving dinner party I want to have. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISLA!

  3. BEAUTIFUL! Simply gorgeous! I love the blues, and the tassles!

  4. Oh my goodness, Isla is 1! The party looks great, Rachel – Isla is pretty lucky to have a party planner for her momma! :0)

  5. Stefani

    Hi! I am in the process of planning my daughter’s first birthday! I was lacking inspiration until i came across your photos and now I have a million ideas. I am absolutely in LOVE with your invitations! I know you made the backing but could you tell me where you got the printed invitation and materials for the bows? Thanks so much! You did beautiful work!

  6. I would also love to know where you got the paper for the invitations! I’m trying to do a pink and gold theme for my daughter’s first birthday and these would be perfect. Oh and our little ones share the same name! 😉

  7. rachelmarie4384

    Hi Ashley! I got the paper at Michaels. It was in the clearance section. It was a 12 x 12 sheet that I cut to fit the invitations. So sorry I can’t be more helpful with a brand name or something! Happy birthday to YOUR sweet Isla! 🙂

  8. kathysk

    Hi! I love the invitations you made too! What is that font called? I love it!

  9. Bella

    Hi! I’ super late. But, I’m planning my daughter’s 1st birthday and love your invites. You should make those for sale on Etsy, I would be your 1st customer! 🙂
    I’m not creative at all, so I’m looking for someone to make the invites similar to yours.

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