My baby turned into a bonafide big kid toddler last month, and I wanted to share a few photos from her birthday party. Since it was way too hot this time of year to host the party in our backyard, our friends who own this super hip house paint store, Portola Paints, offered to let us use their space. It was a pretty rad backdrop for a 1st birthday party, I’ve gotta say! We decorated with big, gold balloons I ordered on Etsy and bud vases full of blooms from the L.A. Flower Mart, which is where all the florists in L.A. get their flowers at wholesale. Here are a few of my favorite pics (all taken by the talented Stephanie Todaro)…
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The birthday girl!! I was worried she would be overwhelmed by all the people there to see her, but she had an amazing time.
OK, now for my very favorite part of the party… My buddy Lindsay of the blog Sprinkles for Breakfast did the most incredible dessert bar. I saw the animal cracker cake on her blog a few months earlier, and had to have it for Eden’s party.
Are you kidding me with that floral chocolate bark?!
I had Courtney from Poppyjack Shop make all the cute calligraphy signage.
Since Eden loves music, we had a DIY instrument station for all the kiddos and their parents. Mark spent weeks leading up to the party painting the tissue boxes and paper plates in pretty pastel colors, and then our guests were able to decorate them and put on other finishing touches.
Since I wanted there to be a nice space for the babies to sit and play, I bought four faux sheepskins from Ikea at $13 a pop.
Mini party hats were a must!
We ordered salads and tea sandwiches from Susina Bakery, who also catered our engagement party almost five years earlier! I dropped off a No.1 shaped cookie cutter earlier in the week, so that they could cut all the PB&J sandwiches into little 1’s in honor of Eden.
Here are the invitations. Mark designed the cool musical instrument text and then we cut it out using the Cricut.
And baby girl got to try cake for the first time!
I’m pretty sure she liked it 😉
Steph took this sweet shot through the Portola Paints window. I love it!
We all had a blast, and were a little hopped up on sugar afterward. Even though Eden may not have known exactly what was going on, I think she knew the day was all about her and felt pretty special. During the day I was too busy setting up for the party and mingling with guests to really think about what a milestone this was. But then that night after we put Eden to bed, I actually started crying. It just hit me that my baby was no longer an infant but a toddler! And I got super emotional… But I can’t wait to see what this next year will bring.