Sometimes you meet people and you just know you’re going to be excellent friends with them. It was that way the first time I met Desiree of Penny Blooms Floral Design. I can hardly believe it was just two months before this incredible party! This is a very photo-heavy post… But it’s worth it because these photos by Lindsey Gage of Eyelet Images are totally worth drooling over!!!!
Desiree’s son Desmond celebrated his first birthday at the end of August. When you’re the son of an event professional, your birthday party is sure to be a blast! Sure enough, Desiree’s amazing creativity shone through each and every bit of this gorgeously styled outdoor event, from the handpainted circus elephant cupcake tower topper to the multicolored fabric streamers decorating the tents to the popcorn box “vases.” I was honored to be print materials designer and to assist Desiree with setup, coordination, and styling!
It all started with the circus idea. When Desiree approached me about doing invitations for the party, I asked her if she’d rather have a cutesy or modern/edgy vibe. She chose modern/edgy, so I worked on a text-heavy invitation that captured perfectly the whimsy and creativity we were going for (if I do say so myself!). Designers are always cautioned to stick to no more than 2 to 3 fonts in a single page, but I had far too much fun mixing and matching, and threw caution to the wind. I love it!
Of course the party wouldn’t have been as stunning without thoughtful details provided by Penny Blooms Floral Design! She even had a ball pit and a mini big top, along with a photo booth area for the grownups!
I couldn’t resist bringing along a few of my favorite items too:
The food was provided by the incredible Jason. He’s currently working on his catering business name (I’ll post it when it’s official!) but I’ve got to tell you that this guy is worth checking out. I can’t wait to share when he’s ready to take on clients, because in addition to being a really nice guy, his food was fabulous!
Cupcakes and cake pops were provided by Nikki at Calculated Whisk. She even made gluten-free flourless cupcakes (which totally made my day)! And they were soooo good.
Nicki also made a spectacular smash cake just for Desmond!
In addition to designing the invitations, I designed a bunch of additional signage for the party. Like these:
And this was probably my favorite sign to design:
Of course I can’t have a first birthday post without some cake smashing photos!
THANK YOU Desiree for letting me be a part of your handsome son’s special day, and thank you to all the amazing vendors we worked with!
- Event Styling: Penny Blooms Floral Design, Events by Elisa
- Print Materials Design: Events by Elisa
- Catering: Jason (will update when a business name is finalized!)
- Cupcakes, Cake Pops, and Smash Cake: Calculated Whisk
- Photography: Eyelet Images