Last October, I got a phone call from my friend Jacquelyn, asking for help planning her daughter Maya’s first birthday party. She wanted something really special and unique – a Dia de Los Muertos celebration!
Maya came into this world six weeks early. It’s my theory that she was just way too excited to finally meet her parents and couldn’t stand waiting any longer to do so. I mean, with incredibly awesome parents like these, I don’t know if I’d have waited around either!
It was, understandably, scary for Maya’s family and everyone who loved them, back in November of 2010. But now, it was time for a fiesta – a celebration of life honoring this beautiful big-eyed rosy-cheeked smarty pants!
Jacquelyn sent me artwork she liked (purchased off Veer) and I laid out an invitation fit for a fiesta, along with food tags for the dinner and cupcakes!
I created these gorgeous giant tissue paper marigolds with the help of my incredible assistant Rachael, and Maya’s mom loved them so much that she kept them to hang from Maya’s bedroom ceiling! Of course I couldn’t have hung them without the help of my “other” assistant, my amazing husband Ryan! If you like them, you can buy a custom set in my Etsy shop, here!
Something I try to do whenever I’m shopping for a social event is to look everywhere, all the time. Whenever I’m out and about, shopping for groceries or office supplies or the like, I have a constant list of things I’d like to find in the back of my mind. I usually find the best – and best value – decorations for social events and inspiration shoots this way! This party was no exception – I found the lollipops on clearance at Target and the fabulous fabric used for the table runners on sale at Joann’s fabric. Actually, I should say that my assistant Rachael and my sister Jessica (who were shopping with me) found the fabric. I just decided we had to have it, and I was right!
Of course this amazing cupcake display would not nearly have been as beautiful without the artistry of Stevi from Hey There, Cupcake!, who created all the cupcakes you see, as well as the sugar skull smash cake in the center (yes, that’s a cake!!!!).
Maya had never eaten sugar before, so she wasn’t quite sure what to do with her cake, but everyone else enjoyed these gorgeous treats! She also loved opening her presents – so she could play with the tissue paper and bags! 🙂
Her mommy thought of every detail – down to the bib she wore for her cake smash. 🙂 This family photo makes me so happy too – aren’t they beautiful?
Thank you Jacquelyn, Dave, and Maya for letting me be a part of your fiesta!!! I loved helping to make your day memorable and beautiful!!!!
Maya’s Dia de Los Muertos First Birthday Fiesta 11*13*2012 Details: