Friday night was our baby boy's first birthday bash and it could not have been a more fun evening! Our family all gathered together to celebrate our amazing little boy. I was so thrilled with how everything turned out and how all of our vendors' goods came together that I had to share a breakdown of the event with you all!
Several months ago, I began brainstorming his big day. I knew I wanted to incorporate custom paper products from one of my amazing suppliers, Ann Page, so I based the whole party around the navy blue, lime green and orange color scheme. We didn't have a theme for the party, just lots of colorful, fun prints and patterns!
The paper fans + "Party Popcorn" were perfect favors for our guests since it was a balmy 80 degree, Indian Summer evening. The popcorn was a delicious Chicago Style Mix by a friend's sweet shop, DeLo's Cafe, right here in town. Everyone loved it and Ashley was wonderful to work with!! They even do bulk orders for larger parties than ours!! I HIGHLY recommend DeLo's if you have a need for a sweet treat, whether it's just to satisfy a sweet tooth or to provide party favors of your own.
Our gorgeous (and delicious) cakes were baked by Macri's Italian Bakery in downtown South Bend. They. Were. Amazing!!!! Just ask Knox ;) We got the lemon filled/buttercream white cake for the guests and Knoxy got his very own buttercream smash cake which he DEVOURED! Even by just placing my order over the phone, the decorators completely nailed my vision for the cakes and they couldn't have been more beautiful or delicious.
As a way to continue to tie in the bright colors, I used bottle wraps to customize plain old water bottles. I went ahead and implemented a little cost saving trick by getting a generic phrase instead of adding Knox's name; that way, since I have leftovers, I can reuse them at Navy's birthday in December! Voila.
Of course, you can see in the bottom middle picture, I had to wear my special Knox necklace (my "Push Present" from Stockton when I delivered Knox last year). Don't worry, I have a necklace with Navy's name on it too ;)
The icing on the cake (so to speak) of all the paper products was the amazing birthday gift wrap I had made for Knox. I was recently sharing with a customer that another cost-effective trick to using this paper is to use it in small batches on the smaller gifts and buy a coordinating colored paper to bundle WITH the personalized stuff. It'll still pack the same punch but help the special paper to last longer to appear as though it's being used on more packages. Another cute trick is to cut a "sleeve" of the personalized paper to slide over an already wrapped box. Lots of options to make it work for your budget, but either way, it turned out ADORABLE! I can't wait to order my family's holiday wrapping paper!
We had a magical night celebrating Knox and the last year of our crazy lives. Thanks to all who participated with us, the vendors that made is spectacular and the wonderful little boy who we got to celebrate.