Over the weekend we had the joy of celebrating our baby girl’s first birthday! It seems so bittersweet and surreal that the snuggly newborn we met 365 days ago has blossomed into a jibbering, scooting, cupcake-loving tot with such a sweet disposition. Yet at the same time, we can scarcely remember life without her. Since we named her Violet, pretty much her whole life has been flower-themed by default, and her first birthday party was no exception! We have the most lovely watercolor print that says “Do you suppose she is a wildflower?” hanging in her room, and its colors and sentiment quickly became the theme of her party.
Six weeks before her party, I set out to conquer the party invitations. When I came across this first birthday invitation design from Tiny Prints, I fell in love with the hand-painted look of its lettering. As a personal touch, big brother G helped me punch and sprinkle some DIY confetti into each envelope, which added a charming effect in very little time!
Above: we strung this cheery paper banner across the dining room ceiling.
Below: Pastel tissue fans added a punch of whimsy and color above the dessert & drink table. We served cucumber mint water, lemonade, and orange mimosas along with a huge spread of brunchy food, which is not pictured here because I was so busy (not) pulling my underdone/overdone quiches out of the oven. My super talented sis-in-law Jenny made up for my less-than-stellar main courses, creating the most delicious and beautiful vanilla-lemon cake and cupcakes for the occasion!
Above: Bright cupcake flags added a playful punch to the cupcakes. Later, when he thought no one was looking, brother added SEVERAL extra flags to each cupcake…Ha!
Below: We hauled Violet’s dresser down to our living room to create a little welcoming area as guests arrived. We set out a book of her baby photos, her “Violet Girl” BlaBla doll, and party favors. One week before the party, I made my first-ever batch of jam to thank everyone who helped us celebrate. I topped off the jars with these cute monogram stickers and a little lace trim.
This sweet little wildflower of ours LOVED her cupcake, and with notably less mess than her big brother did 4 years ago! Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet little miss. Having a girl around is seriously fun!