My little Jeanne turned one this past week. The last year went by so quick, too quick. I felt really emotional the week before her actual birthday. In order to hold back the tears and stop myself from constantly looking back at her newborn pictures, I started making paper tassel garlands and thinking about what to serve the guests.I kept it all pretty simple. Black, gold and silver garlands and some huge balloons. I bought some small stickers and decorated old baby food pots. I found numerous tutorials on how make the garland. Although I am not the most patient crafter, I found one that was doable. Black and white polka dotted cups and striped paper straws added just the right touch. For a little whimsy, I used small napkins with cute pink flamingos.
Nothing says “I’m the coolest kid on this playground” than the COOL (really there’s no better way to articulate it…), comfy, organic (!!) pieces over at Gardner and the Gang . My favorite? A tie between the Swim Suit Cool and anything with their Patric print!
I personally want to high-5 Sweedish designer, Kristin Nystrom, for gifting our kiddos wardrobes with this line (and a fist pump or two for their HUGE sale going on right now + free worldwide shipping).
Gardner and the Gang // Photography & Styling: Elizabeth Pettey | Models: Emmeline & Maliya
Hi! It’s Christina, the modern half of neutral hue! I am posting without Ashley today, since i’m featuring my little Mila’s first birthday party. I am tearfully adjusting to the fact that my little lady is now one, but that aside, I had a great time putting together her party fit for a little lady.
I wanted this little soiree to signify soft vintage femininity with a modern touch. I was so excited to create this party for Mila that I made the invitations by hand, months in advance. I had bouquets of Baby’s Breath strung down a feature wall, made a Baby’s Breath crown for Mila and hung a branch from the ceiling with monthly pictures backed with blush card stock I found at Paper Source. I purchased transparent balloons and stuffed them with peach metallic tissue paper. I found a slew of white vintage handkerchiefs from a local vintage store and layered them across the table as a table runner. Honestly, I originally bought them thinking they would make an interesting swag attaching them by the ends, but designs always change while you’re actually styling.
The gift bags were filled with Wildflower Seed Paper I found on Etsy. The paper was shaped like daisies. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the find and it fit in perfectly — and as you can see here , I just adore flowers.
I made a 3-layer carrot cake from scratch with cream cheese icing (just like my mother made me for my first birthday). Speaking of which, Mila wore the actual dress I wore on my first birthday. It was a perfect fit, and an amazing heirloom and feeling to know I wore the very same dress. Life is just about that, making memories to share from generation to generation. And this party one amazing memory with friends celebrating Mila’s first year.