A Magical First Birthday Party

Today, our founder Taylor Sterling is giving us the party-planning lowdown on her daughter’s very first birthday celebration (hooray!). This delightfully playful bash—made possible by Pottery Barn Kids, Going Lovely and a host of other fabulous vendors—proved the perfect way to celebrate Elodie.

“Our latest party in collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids was extra close to my heart: my daughter’s first birthday party—and a celebration of everyone getting though a wonderful (and challenging) year together. The inspiration for Elodie’s party came from my love of Tim Walker’s whimsical photography (which also inspired me to start blogging in 2009!). The gals at Going Lovely helped me pull the magical, youthful elements from his photos and translate them into a fun party for kids. We had swans, unicorns, glitter and pretty pastel colors—all things that Elodie and I adore. 

But planning this party was not without its challenges! For starters, Elodie’s birthday lands in the winter (not ideal for an outdoor party). We also had a lot of guests but not a lot of room. To transform my small space into a dreamy party area for adults and kids alike, we had to get really creative. We ended up turning our garage into an amazing playroom! The process wasn’t easy, but the end result was worth it. We also created a large backdrop in the living room to cover wall art and make it feel more like a venue. With the help of Going Lovely and Pottery Barn Kids, we were able to turn our home into a fabulous space for a truly memorable first birthday party. Read on for all the details!” — Taylor 

As with our other Pottery Barn Kids collaborations, we’re offering a fantastic giveaway! Win $1,000 to Pottery Barn Kids by entering over on their blog! The giveaway ends January 29.

Vendors:
Photography: Jenna Rae | Styling & Design: Going Lovely | Paper Goods: HEN & CO. | Florals: Farmgirl Flowers | Smash Cake: Huggy Heather | Desserts: TreatUrSweet | Coasters & Napkins: Wedding Paper Divas | DIY Ice Cream Felt Balls: Crafty Wool Felt | Gold Glitter Banners & Tissue Tassels: Glam Fete | Paint-by-Number Guest Book: Tiny Prints | Swan Straw Toppers & Cupcake Toppers: Rocky Mtn Cards | Gold Glitter Crowns: J and G Handmade| Square Photos For ‘1’ Sign: Artifact Uprising | Rentals: AM Party Rentals


Going Lovely transformed my living room into a beautiful dining area. We used a backdrop to cover the art on the walls, and Farmgirl Flowers draped a stunning garland over it.”


Flowers by Farmgirl Flowers | ‘Sparkle’ Photograph by Gray Malin


Gold Moccasins by Freshly Picked


BHLDN Sundae Vase

“We decorated the tables with cute DIY ice creams using felt balls by Crafty Wool Felt.”


Going Lovely created a large ‘1’ sign using photos from Artifact Uprising. To add some texture, we displayed flowers designed by Farmgirl Flowers.”


Floral garland by Farmgirl Flowers

“The Pottery Barn Kids Teepee was a big hit for the kiddos to play and read in.”


Pottery Barn Kids Plush UnicornPottery Barn Kids Unicorn Play Mat | Pottery Barn Kids Gold Dot Bedding | Elodie wearing H&M Crown + Tutu Du Monde Cape & Dress + Freshly Picked Moccasins

“The birthday girl seeing the playroom for the first time!”


Glitter Dough | Paper Design by HEN & CO.


Gold Mini Crowns by J and G Handmade | Unicorns Coloring Book

“We filled the playroom with lots of whimsical kids’ activities, like glittery dough that could be cut into magical shapes, coloring books, paints and more.”


Cookie Cutters


Paper Design by HEN & CO.


Mason Jars


Paint-by-Number by Tiny Prints.

“We decided it would be fun for guests to test their painting skills with a paint-by-number of the swan from our invitations.”


Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera


Pottery Barn Kids Dolls


Pottery Barn Kids Retro Pedal Car


Swan Straw Toppers by Rocky Mtn Cards


Napkins by Wedding Paper Divas

“One of my favorite quotes was a theme throughout the party.”


Pink Fairy Punch made by TreatUrSweet, adapted from here.


Swan Stickers by HEN & CO.


“Welcome” Banner by Glam Fete | Inflatable Swan

“Our welcome sign! The poor swan died shortly after this (dang hole!), but it was a fun idea.”


Plastic Balls


Invitations by Kelli Murray | Swan Coaster by Wedding Paper Divas (inspired by our invitation and using Kelli’s swan drawing)


Cotton Candy Ice Cream Cones by Going Lovely (using pink + blue cotton candymint-colored cotton candyice cream cones and clear cellophane cone-shaped bags) | Paper Design by HEN & CO.


“One” Banner + Tassel Garland by Glam Fete


Desserts by TreatUrSweet | Flowers by Farmgirl Flowers

“My sister is such a fabulous baker. She made so many incredible sweets for the party. I can’t even imagine how she pulled it off. We’re so lucky to have her!”


Desserts by TreatUrSweet


Desserts by TreatUrSweet


Meringues by TreatUrSweet


“My sister was inspired by this photo by Tim Walker and made her own version as a cake topper!”


Dress by Dream Catcher Baby

“Every birthday girl needs an outfit change.”


Smash Cake by Huggy Heather

“Until next year …”

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