I have been doing a lot of talk about weddings lately, but it’s not all I do! I also design and plan social events (birthdays, showers, and other parties and galas). Today’s event is a birthday party!!
Aidan’s mom Jennie e-mailed me in mid-January, asking for planning and design help with his first birthday party. She had a pretty clear idea of what she wanted, but needed assistance tying everything together and making it happen. The challenge was getting the sweets buffet to look elegant and beautiful without it looking girly, and to keep Jennie’s fantastic ideas under budget. 🙂
I think that the result was a great balance of whimsy, elegance, and boyish fun, tying together the themes of teddy bears and milk and cookies. We featured a sweets buffet in the center of the backyard and a build-a-bear vendor on the patio, along with bunting handmade by Aidan’s dad Sal. Jennie got in on the handcrafting too, making all the tablecloths and runners as well as all the savory items and some of the cookies and cupcakes!
Jennie purchased printables online at Pink Pickle Studios, including hats, water bottle labels, and a banner:
And Jennie used Aidan’s red wagon as a focal point.
The younger guests had so much fun with Fabbiola of My Beary Best Friend, choosing their animals and watching them be stuffed:
Of course we had to have teddy bears (with individual cookie jars at each table, inside and out!).
Aidan’s parents designed an extra special birthday cake for him, which was brought to life by the amazing Stevi at Hey There, Cupcake!
And now… The showpiece of the party. The fabulous sweets table! I had waaaay too much fun styling this, using my pieces and Jennie’s. And at her request I made the fantastic fabric flowers from some tutorials I pinned on Pinterest (whew! Try saying that three times fast!). I LOVE them SO much!
Yes I know. They’re just fabric flowers. But I adore them.
Anyway, on to the rest of the sweet table!
And of course you can’t have a first birthday party without a smash cake!
Aidan’s Teddy Bear First Birthday Party in San Marcos, CA 02*18*2012 Details:
- Planning/Design/Styling: Events by Elisa
- Photography: Nicole Benitez Photography
- Cake/Cupcakes: Hey There, Cupcake!
- Printables: Pink Pickle Studio
- Build-a-Bear: My Beary Best Friend