Sunday, March 27, 2011

Party Part One...All About the Details

It's been over two weeks now since Layla and Jenna celebrated the big O-N-E and I know I need to record this momentous occasion in our family blog, but to be honest, the task has me a bit overwhelmed.  To allow me to focus on the fun stuff during the party, I asked my multi-talented friend, Megn, to take the pictures.  That was probably the best decision I made in planning the whole event, but now there are so many awesome images to share I don't even know where to begin!  To help me get a handle on this, I've decided to break it up into several smaller posts...hopefully it won't take me too long to get it all documented.  

I'll start with the details...

The invitations (as well as all the printed pieces) were designed by the gals over at The TomKat Studio.  I just love those ladies...they make it so easy!  They can do just about anything you want and then send it your way as a PDF.  From there you print, cut, paste, and dazzle it up to your heart's desire.  We had a small family party, so lucky for me, I only had to make about 10 of these darlings!

We have two doors at the front of our house, so naturally, I needed two different door decs.  This first one is a banner from the lisA fRosT studio.  Her big, bright banners are a favorite of mine. Our front door is quite large and it's sometimes difficult to find something to hang that isn't completely swallowed by the door.  Lisa Frost's banners are perfect for our door...I have several of them for different holidays.

For the mudroom door, I made a balloon wreath.  It was so easy and fun to make and you can do any color combination you want.  Think of all the, purple, and black for, white, and blue for Independence and white for football season.  I'm thinking there will be more balloon wreath-making in my near future!

Inside, we had a small tablescape for the yummies made by Amy Cakes.  If you've ever had the opportunity to sample any of her creations, you know that a party isn't complete without Amy's deliciousness!  She is incredible at what she does.  Not only does she make the most beautiful cakes I've ever seen (not to mention, the tastiest too), she is so, so sweet and so easy to work with.  Check her out on her website or on Facebook to see what she can do...A-MAZING!  For a child's first birthday, she includes their smash cake as a complimentary gift with your nice is that???  Of course, she made two smash cakes for us!   

I made the dum-dum topiaries as just a little something extra to fill up space.  I think they turned out pretty darn cute.  Never did I imagine it would take so many dum-dums to cover that tiny, little styrofoam ball...can you guess how many it took?      

Here's a closer look at the cakes.  The cupcakes were strawberry and lemon and the smash cakes were french vanilla.  Oh geez, I'm getting hungry just thinking about them!  Again the cupcake toppers were designed by TomKat.  After meticulous punching with a scalloped puncher and gluing tiny little wooden sticks on the back ...VOILA, the cupcakes are complete!

Now, of course, the girls had to have a special place for their cake ceremony.  I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted something prettier than my kitchen for a backdrop.  I think it turned out fabulous!  My favorite part was the ribbon skirt around their highchairs...what an easy way to add color!  I actually ended up hot gluing that bad boy on... to this day, I'm still trying to pick off the hot glue remnants!  Oh well, totally worth it!  

If you're a Facebook friend of mine, you know that I took pictures of the girls on each of their monthly birthdays.  I decided to string them all together and hang them for all to see.  It was really neat to see how much or how little they changed from month to month.  Some of them showed classic expressions that they still make, a few of them were hardly recognizable, but ALL of them were cute, cute, cute!

Layla and Jenna were definitely not lacking in the gift department!  As Pop would say, they are not spoiled, just well taken care of!  The funny part is, this wasn't even all of them.  They had 5 or 6 visitors the day before that each brought them a birthday gift as well!  Layla and Jenna are VERY well taken care of and VERY grateful to have so many people in their lives that love them to pieces!

Of course, a birthday post wouldn't be complete without a picture of the birthday girls themselves! Here they are donning their birthday outfits from Peeka Bootique.  If you haven't been to their store in Moore, you must make a trip!  You will fall in love and it will most definitely be your one stop shop for personalized holiday outfits.   

Well, there you have it.  This post was all about the details...stay tuned for the scoop on party fun!  Oh, by the way, there are almost 300 dum-dums in EACH topiary!   


  1. You did a fabulous job! They will totally feel loved and special when they see all these pictures down the road.

  2. beautiful pics!!! love the wreath idea...what did you use for the base?

  3. Lena,
    This party is pure perfection. It just occurred to me why my longagofirst grader, William Flax , adored so sooo!. You are passionate about who and what you love. He felt it , and your girls will live it and grow in your "mother's passion" every day of their live!. What blessed little angels they are to have you!
    Love, jenny

  4. Wow, Lena! That party looked amazing! The details made everything look perfect! I am going to try that balloon wreath!!!! Adorable! Congratulations on your girls 1st Birthday..what a fun milestone in their lives!!
    xoxo Erin

  5. Wow! What a beautiful party! I may have to blog about your blog :)

  6. AMAZING!!!! You did such a fantastic job! LOVE,LOVE all of the details! The dum dum trees are super cute, as well as the balloon wreath. You may have to share details on how to make the wreath :) Super fun party!

  7. What a fab party for the girls Lena, and a great post with all the details to boot. The girls are adorable, this summer will be so much fun for all of you.

  8. Wow your girls are already one. I can't believe its been a year. They are just as cute as can be. You did such a great job on all the little details of the party. Beautiful decor, great job :)