Celebrate With Kate: First Birthday Party

Kate Landers Party Design for a First Birthday 0Event concept, design and styling: Kate Landers Photography: Liza Voll

Kate Landers Party Design for a First Birthday 3Event concept, design and styling: Kate Landers Photography: Liza Voll

Kate Landers Party Design for a First Birthday 1Event concept, design and styling: Kate Landers Photography: Liza Voll

Kate Landers Party Design for a First Birthday 4Event concept, design and styling: Kate Landers Photography: Liza Voll

Kate Landers Party Design for a First Birthday 2Event concept, design and styling: Kate Landers Photography: Liza Voll

This is Kate Landers, thrilled to share with you a most darling personal event: our son Noah’s First Birthday Celebration! As an event stylist I have always recognized what a milestone event a first birthday is. As a mom, I have experienced first-hand the emotions and tremendous joy that comes along with celebration the first twelve months with your little one. I invite you to enjoy the beautiful images that captured a most perfect birthday celebration.

1. We opted for a very intimate family affair, 15 guests. Also, for the sake of Noah and other little ones, we kept the party at a manageable length of one hour.

2. We held the party mid-afternoon, offering a simple menu of birthday cake and a few special sweets, doubling as party favors, on the dessert table. This is also keeps your party within a reasonable budget.

3. Hiring a professional photographer allowed us to relax as parents, and feel fully present for this special day. It was an investment I highly recommend. Liza was able to capture precious moments as well as event details I normally would fuss over as a stylist.

4. Noah has a favorite giant teddy bear that he loves to tackle and snuggle, who served as inspiration for the party theme. The soft blue, yellow and tan color palette kept the event sweet and “baby”–celebrating his first 12 months of life. Loralee Lewis created a most darling paperie collection that everyone adored.

5. I thoroughly enjoyed hand-crafting (with my husband Ryan’s help!) pom poms for party hats I made. They were also displayed as soft toy balls, paired with the yellow polka dot boxes representing baby blocks, making for crafty centerpieces.

6. Noah had his very own “smash cake,” while guests enjoyed a soft blue ruffled cake filled with whipped cream and strawberries. Smash Cakes are fabulous for that infamous first birthday portrait!

7. Garden chairs and floor-length table linens created a clean palette for styling this event. The 3′ white balloons from The TomKat Studio also filled the celebration space with white. I used wide satin ribbons to tie them to the back of chairs, making them perfect for little guests to carry home.

8. I fell in love with the “Noah” banner created by Loralee Lewis, and we now have it hanging in his room, a charming way to remember this milestone celebration.

9. Inviting long-distance friends and family members to create items for the party can be a wonderful way to celebrate your child’s party with them. My dear friend Lynn made the gorgeous fine-wale pale blue corduroy overalls Noah wore, while my good friend Ruth monogrammed them.

10. Guests signed cards leaving “Warm Fuzzy Birthday Wishes” for Noah to read and enjoy for many years to come. I cannot wait to put together his first birthday book, another way to let the celebration continue!

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6 Responses to “Celebrate With Kate: First Birthday Party”

  1. Kate Landers Says:

    Thank you so much for debuting Noah’s first birthday party. Lovely post as always, and what a wonderful new look for the blog in 2013!!! Thanks as well to all especially to Liza for capturing the day beautifully, and to each and every vendor and friend who contributed so many special details for this milestone celebration. xoxox Kate

  2. Valencia C Says:

    i love this!

  3. Sharnel Says:

    Totally gorgeous! I love the bear cookies Kate. Everything is perfect. Love your style. Happy Birthday Noah xx

  4. Katherine Says:

    Fabulous!! I hope I’m a good mommy like this…someday! Question, where did you get that table runner? Did you DIY? I love it!
    http://www.justlovelykatherine.blogspot.com

  5. Jennifer Says:

    Obsessed with this party! Where did you get Noah’s blue bubble he wore the day of?

    Thanks!!!

  6. Kate Landers Says:

    Katherine–thank you so much for your kind words! The table runner is from Sweet Tea & Linen. She did an amazing job!!!

    Jennifer–Noah’s outfit was custom made by a dear friend who no longer has her business (I am heartbroken, as her work is spectacular). Have you tried Bella Bliss? Also check on Etsy, as there may be as seamstress there who does custom children’s clothing!

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