audrey’s first birthday {the party}

We hosted a birthday brunch for our baby girl this weekend. 


I went with blues, gray, white and lots of flowers – just like her nursery and apparently my favorite combination of colors right now.  Her invitations set the tone and it was fun to carry out the peony and striped papers into other parts of the decorations.


We had our family and a few friends for a nice little party to celebrate the big girl.


Straw flags with kids’ names {straws from Bake it Pretty}

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Yummy brunch food: a few of my favorite pastries {granny horns, cranberry orange scones, Top Pot doughnuts}, lots of fresh fruit and a fancy egg dish made by Audrey’s adoring papa.






party hats

For the kids, I made simple favor bags filled with yogurt covered pretzels.


And the grown-ups received monogram note cards.


Audrey’s big brothers wanted to help out with decorations, so they made this sign which I just love.



It’s the birthday girl!

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{notice No. 3 kindly helping his sister blow out the candle}


She wasn’t too sure what to do with this big pile of sugar, but after her biggest brother gave her a taste, she was hooked.



What a fun day for our special girl.

{Party hat and favor bag tutorials are coming this week : stay tuned!}

55 Responses to audrey’s first birthday {the party}

  1. Cathy September 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    The invitations are just beautiful and creative. I love the hats, too and the photo collage. Beautiful! She will feel loved when she looks back at all those memories.

  2. Jenny D. March 5, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    I am in *love* with your invitations! Gorgeous!

  3. Lucy February 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    What a cutie as the center of attention, and what great party ideas. The orange cranberry scones have my mouth watering. Got an easy recipe? Looks like everyone had a great time.

  4. Eunice February 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    I just found your website via my sis in law and I love everything about your style :-) It’s so “me” hehe. Thanks for all your tips and inspiration!

  5. Carrie February 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    The picture of you cleaning her up after the cake is priceless! I’ve never thought to take that pic, but I’ll try next time. Sometimes I find it’s those truly candid moments that trigger the best memories.

  6. LLH Designs February 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Isn’t it fun t0 be able to whip up some personalized note cards as a favor? I love that (and so do the guests who go home with them)! What a fun day for your family.


  7. mary www.roslynliving.com February 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Just found your site- you have some really great design ideas, I am excited to read more. thanks!

  8. Amanda February 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I love all of the details you put into this party! So elegant! I especially love the last picture of Audrey with frosting on her face… such a special treasure! :-)

  9. Jenn February 22, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    The party looks gorgeous! She is a very lucky one year old :)

  10. Catherine February 22, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Hi! I work with your cousin Jen and we talk about you all the time — mostly how fantastic of a mother/creative person you are! Love seeing how you make motherhood and style coexist. Jen said that Audrey was adorable with the icing. Love the blog.

  11. Melissa February 22, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Love the birthday party – how perfect and everything looks so pretty and delicious.

  12. Amoreena February 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    What a beautiful, special event! I can’t wait for the party hat tutorial. Where did you find the favor bags?

  13. Michele February 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Fun! Precious photos!

  14. Ana February 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    What a beautiful first birthday party. You have such great ideas and I love them all. Your baby is so cute!

  15. Kimm February 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Adorable! Love that sweet little “frosting face!” That has to be the most beautifully decorated first birthday party I’ve seen. :)

  16. Erin February 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Just beautiful, Emily! My favorite part is the birthday sign from her brothers :) Thank you for linking to your straws, I have been looking for something just like those for Wynn’s party in March. She is so beautiful!

  17. Pam February 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    Love the colors you chose Emily. Those hats are amazing. I am going to try and get my daughter’s friends to wear them at her next birthday dinner. Is 22 too old for birthday hats? I actually think they might like these!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Tiffany February 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Oh I enjoyed our view of the bday party. Sweetness. Luv her shirt, btw.

  19. Amanda February 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Emily, did you also print the flower pattern onto the cardstock for the invitations? Please, do a tutorial on that! Loved those invitations so much!

  20. Lou February 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Congratulations on a beautiful one year old and fantastic party! the boys are so so sweet ~xo~

  21. Laura February 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi, How did you create the collage of all the photos? Great party decorations, I always love your blog.

  22. susan February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    everything is just beautiful! i don’t know how do you manage to do it all, you’re amazing! looks like a wonderful day! susan

  23. kayce hughes February 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Everything is so perfect! Especially Miss Audrey.

  24. lindsay February 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    look at you and your monogrammed note cards!!!

  25. gwendolyn February 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    so pretty. the details are just lovely, in your home and for the party. happy birthday, audrey!

  26. Cindy February 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Love your pictures. You did a great job showing the food and the progression throughout the party. I almost feel like I was there! And Audrey is just beautiful!

  27. Krystal Wight Armstrong February 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Lovely Party! And I love the spiderman kid…my brother used to run around in his spidey suit everywhere we went to, ha!
    Happy Birthday to your baby, she really is the prettiest little girl! Handsome family allaround :)

  28. {darlene} February 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    She is precious!
    The party is so classy. no surprise.
    Oh, how I love those hats!

  29. kirbie February 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    What a WONDERFUL party. She is going to love looking at all the pretty pictures when she gets older. I also noticed the skinny jeans…I think you’ve been converted to a “skinny jean lovin’ girl.” They just suck you in after the first couple of “trial” wears. :)

  30. Marissa February 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Your so creative i love these ideas…where did you get your bag idea?

  31. Shannon February 21, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Looks like it was a great party, filled with fantastic memories!

  32. leah February 21, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    oh you did a amazing job with everything down to every detail! and now im really hungry hehe

  33. lacey February 21, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    is beautiful
    & so are you and your girl!
    if we were neighbors, we would be the best of friends

  34. Deana February 21, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    What an awesome job Emily! I love smaller family parties where the kids and play~ and be kids. Looked like a lovely time was had by all- even spiderman :)

  35. lesli westfall February 21, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    The last picture posted says it…”a good time had by all!” What a special day, a special girl and a wonderful, talented mother! Everything is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration Emily!

  36. Bri February 21, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    What a lovely party!!! I think brunch is such a perfect menu for an occasion like that! And I think those party hats might be the most beautiful I have ever seen. I love your blog! ~Bri~

  37. Leslie February 21, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love your website — a peek into your sweet family with encouragements and instruction besides. Blessings on all the work of your hands, and Happy Birthday to little Audrey!

  38. theresa February 21, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Are the flag name tags scrapbook paper?

    • emily February 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

      I created the pattern and then printed it on cardstock. I’ll do a quick tutorial on those as well.

      • Theresa February 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

        Awesome! I look forward to all the upcoming tuts ;o)

  39. Nancy February 21, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    What a sweet party for one special little girl!!! You should add party planner to your resume ;) Can’t wait to see the tutorials this week.

  40. Genevieve February 21, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Lovely party! It was fun thinking of you and your Audrey while we were celebrating our little girl. (ps I could’ve used the hat tutorial last week – instead we just bought some and added decorations.) Happy second year, Audrey!!

  41. Dana February 21, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    What an amazing birthday party, Love it!

  42. Lynda February 21, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    What a beautiful party! I think home parties are the best and yours looks like so much fun! Your little birthday girl is adorable! I just wanted to say that I really look forward to each one of your posts. You are a true talent and everything is always informative and visually perfect! Hope you have a great day!

  43. jami nato February 21, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    too much cuteness to handle! what a classy little girl. :)
    the party hats are my fave…

  44. Kelly February 21, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    I love it!! So perfect!

  45. rachel February 21, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    What a beautiful party!! I love the colors. Oh, and the hats, the favors, the food, the cake and etc… Looks so elegant for a precious baby girl.

  46. Molly February 21, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    Beautiful! I love big brother helping her taste the cake, so sweet!

  47. Karie Murray February 21, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    precious party! love the the birthday girl shirt!……getting me super excited for my little guy’s first b-day!

  48. abby February 21, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    What a precious memory. Happy Birthday baby girl!
    Beautifully done Emily…..
    Oh, and I see you are hooked on skinny jeans. Good for you girl!

  49. Andrea February 21, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    Cutest little party I’ve ever seen! I’m still amazed at how everything looks so pretty with three boys in your house.

  50. Julie @ jam-n-jilly February 21, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    Happy birthday sweet Audrey! It looks like she had a fun time! You did a great job, mama!

  51. amy@maisondecor February 21, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    happy Birthday!! What a lovely family!

  52. denise sabia February 21, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    so beautiful! what a lucky baby girl to be surrounded by so much love!
    d e n i s e

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