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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Emery's 1st Birthday Party














Somehow a whole year has flown by in the blink of an eye! Time flies when you are having fun and having Emery in our lives is all sorts of fun! We can’t believe our little lady is one now!
A few weeks ago we celebrated E with a party (which my in-laws very graciously let us use their home). We were planning on having it in their gorgeous backyard but unfortunately it was rained. It still turned out beautiful! There are a million ideas on Pinterest for all sorts of birthday parties, and everything looks cute! It can be super overwhelming! I just picked the theme of her birthday party based on this Rifle Paper Co. cute card I had came across at Anthropologie. This made it easy to plan. If I came across an idea that I liked and if it didn’t fit the theme, I moved on. That way I could stay focused in the black hole that Pinterest is.
One of my favourite details from the party was Emery’s little cake (not that she enjoyed it much, but I did later). My best friend Ali is an amazing baker & bestie. We stayed up late & decorated the cake together. I just bought pre-mixed fondant packs from Michaels & we tweaked the colours a bit with gel food colouring. Ali also baked & iced all the cupcakes for me! I mean, could you love a girl anymore?! P.s-the cake stand is from Duchess Provisions! 
Something I recommend for a 1st birthday party, where other little ones might be attending is having snacks specifically for the babes. Ideas could be squishee packs, arrowroot cookies, cheerios, etc. I know the babies & parents appreciated this little detail.
Here is a list of resources/details from the party:
Highchair: This was my Baba’s highchair as a baby, so several generations have used this chair. My Mom repainted it this summer, and it usually stays at our family cabin. Thankfully my Mom brought it home just to use for Emery’s party. It makes these photos extra special!
Emery’s felt floral crown: I made this myself! Maybe it was a little much but I thought it looked so cute on her! She actually kept it on for the majority of the party!
Huge Tissue Paper Flowers: There are tons of tutorials on paper flowers online (there are some crazy amazing ones!), I just used Ruche’s Paper Flower tutorial & taped them up on the window. The original plan was to have them hanging from the trees. I found the tutorial pretty easy to follow. Don't stress about the petals being perfect, I found it added to the texture of the flowers if they weren’t.
Rifle Paper Co Floral Garland: I got a couple rolls of Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper in similar patterns to the one featured on the card, and used them to craft with. My hubby actually made these garlands for us (how patient & crafty is he?!) using the paper. It was super simple & tied all the details together.
Frame with Pictures: We used the Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper & polaroids of Emery throughout the year to create this frame.
Wood chalkboard sign: My hubby & I had built this frame a long time ago, and turned it into a chalkboard sign. It is now hanging in our kitchen. I can’t bring myself to change the art on it, haha!
Other details: Gold vas:Anthropologie (find here), Gold stripe tissue paper: Target, Pink Cake Stand: Duchess Provisions, Gold frame: Vintage, All serve ware: Vintage or My Mom’s or Mother-in-laws, Gold Foil #1 Balloon: Party City
On Emery: Black & White Stripe dress: Joe Fresh (find here), Pink Sweater: Hand Knit, Gold Mocassins: Old Navy (find here)
On Me: Floral tank: Anthropologie (similar here), Dark Denim: Old Navy
If I missed something or you have a question, feel free to comment below! Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as me!
<3 Kastles
p.s- Everyone kept asking what Emery wanted or needed for her birthday, and we realized she didn't really need anything. Emery is beyond blessed & we are very lucky to live in a safe country. Instead of gifts, we asked monetary donations be made to World Vision Canada to help support the Syrian Refugee Children. I encourage you to look into helping these families as well.

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