Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bows, Blooms and Balloons

I still cannot believe my baby girl is turning the big One in two weeks time. Soon I'm going to have two full grown toddlers running around the house, *faints.  I've posted before about throwing a Red Balloon themed party for her. I just love the images a simple red balloon conjures up. A feeling of hope, of love, of childhood and dreams. It's the perfect theme for a first birthday. 

Aside from the red balloon, I'm also picturing lots of ivory, gold and pastels, with a pop of red. Think Marie Antoinette meets shabby chic. Here's a look at what I've got planned for her big day. Most of these images can be found on my Pinterest. Make sure to follow me there if you're anywhere as obsessed with food and party planning as I am. 

Party Food
One of the main features of any party is always the food. Here, I am envisioning an opulent dessert table, think Marie Antoinette "Let Them Eat Cake" with decadent cupcakes, pastel macarons, candy covered popcorn and stenciled sugar cookies. As for savory foods I'm leaning towards more casual fair with paper wrapped sandwiches, bite sized appetizers and a fruit and veg buffet. 

Party Decor
If I had to come up with a name to describe my vision for the decor I'd have to call it shabby glam. Although those two words combined seem like a contradiction of each other. I'm feeling inspired by sequin filled glass vases, favors in stamped muslin bags, ombre garlands, chandeliers as cupcake holders, and lots and lots of pastels with gold accents.

Birthday Cake
I love the idea of a smash cake alongside a regular sized cake for guests. We had one when my older child turned one and it was a huge success. I'm really loving all the mini cakes popping up all over Pinterest. Right now I'm leaning towards a pink ombre smash cake with buttercream frosting topped with a gold leaf bow. And for the guest cake, a delicate two tiered white ruffle cake with mini birthday bunting and an asymmetric red felt balloon. 

Birthday Wishes
For the main event I'm thinking of having each guest write a message on a red balloon and then fill it with helium. As soon as my little girl blows out her birthday candle, all the balloons will be released into the air filling the sky with a red cloud of well wishes.  


fabulouspetite said...

This are super pretty and great ideas. I am tickled to see the pictures. I bet it will be beautiful. They grow up so fast, dont they? I live in the good old USA. Sorry for confusion. have a great day !


Unknown said...

Everything seems soo cute!!! It`s going to be a beautiful 1 year party :)


Amy said...

OMG this seems amazing! You must take and post tons of pictures after her birthday!

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Always Maylee said...

Ahh, turning one already! I can't wait to see pictures! :)

xo, Yi-chia
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Pins, Needles & Fashion said...

Everything is adorable! all the food is just too cute! I love the milk & cookies and the birthday cake with balloons. I'm excited to see how it will come out!

Bonnie said...

Happy birthday to your baby girl! :) I hope everything goes fantastically.
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Heidi-likes said...

This all looks amazing and yummy, have a great time! x

S said...

I love your birthday ideas ! Drooling over the food pictures. One can get so creative during Birthdays and other celebrations ! I did all the planning in my wedding with help from my brother,{didn't hire a wedding planner} -right from the food and decor to shopping and some of the decor, we did all by ourselves, before the wedding day !
All the best to you for the preparation of your little one's Birthday party !

aniesbrand said...

So sweet pictures! Thanks u very much for comment, i really appreciate it:-)

Alyssa said...

I love the theme of red balloon--it's so original! I cannot WAIT to follow along and see what you come up with, your inspiration is already so lovely!

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Marcela Gmd said...

Great ideas!!! and beautiful post!!
Have a nice day!

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see photos of the actual party!

Great that you got to live in Australia and the US; this way you get the best of both worlds. Very lucky!

Rose Mode said...

Hummm all this look delicious. Thats a very good idea.

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Unknown said...

Absolutly amazing post dear, your baby will be very happy and even more the guest to the party I love the idea of the wishes red ballons,as my birthday is next week I might use it on my party.If you don't mind of course.

The Dragonfruit said...

Awww, your little girl certainly is a lucky one to have an awesome mom like you! Best birthday party ever :)

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About Last Weekend said...

What a great idea about the balloons - so sweet!

Unknown said...

OMG, can I please come to the party?! :) He he. It sounds like it is going to be AMAZING!! Can't wait to see photos!

xo Jenny

jessica-anne said...

Happy early birthday to your little one! These ideas are absolutely gorgeous - I especially adore the milk and cookies, those cute open sandwiches and an ombre cake! Good luck with all the planning, I'm sure it'll be a beautiful party :)

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audrinajulia said...

Love all the photos! Can't wait for the upcoming birthday celebration for some amazing photos to show. Advance happy birthday to your little one.

Unknown said...

Oh gosh, happy early birthday to your little girl!! Judging by those inspirations, she's going to have the best birthday party EVER!! PS. I'd love it if you could visit my blog and follow me if you like it!! :)


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Amy Shaughnessy said...

These are gorgeous inspirations. I have been on pinterest lately trying to get ideas for my youngest son's 1st birthday. I dreamed last night that it was 45 minutes before the party and I had NO decorations or food. Talk about freaking out! About my son starting school, I put him in Mother's Day Out last year (2 days a week) and I think it was a good stepping stone for school. He goes to pre-school at the same place so he was comfortable with me dropping him off. Do they have mother's day out where you live? If you are worried about school in the future it might be a good way to transition your child slowly. Anyway, thanks for the sweet comment!


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xix said...

What an amazing birthday inspiration collection. Your little one is ever so lucky to have you to plan her birthday! :)
I've actually never really thought about the red balloon and its symbolism before, but now that you mention it, it really is a wonderful symbol of hope and dreams.
Hope the party planning goes well! :)

♥ xixia |

Unknown said...

I love all those photos, especially the pink rose cake. Your little girl is so lucky to have such a creative mom.
xo Dina

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Cravingforbarneys said...

Thank you for sharing all these inspirationa photos! Love them all!

Bravoe Runway said...

Happy Birthday to your little girl! This is one elaborate birthday party, can I come?? Please...I will clean up!

Allison said...

This is all so cute that I seriously wish I was invited to her big ONE YEAR bash! haha!
And regarding the peonies- they are out of season in September! haha! But they are my favorite so my florist had them ordered from somewhere and made it work! It know it was a difficult task though! :)
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Thrifted Shift said...

Wow, these are some amazingly decadent images! I hope the party goes well!

trishie said...

Sounds like it'll be an awesome party! Have fun

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