Monday, July 23, 2012

 Happy Monday! This week we bring you a 1st Birthday Party to remember! This is a Mom who knows how to DIY for maximum effect! As a friend I was thrilled to see what she put together, even more thrilled to share it with all of you! The party design and decor are by Tiffany Reese of and photography is by

Of course we start off with the invitation! For Ms Ruby's 1st Birthday we were off to Paris! Such a lovely theme for such a feminine little girl!

 The setting was their backyard. I tell you this because a lot of people think you HAVE to have a fancy event space to have a fancy party. Not so! Look how amazing this set up is! From the Eiffel Tower cutout to the giant letters spelling out the birthday girls name to the hatbox with cupcakes on top and the pinwheels on the garage door..this screams out girly, fancy and Paris!
 Paris even made it into the goodie bags! The ribbon threaded through the top of each bag says "Merci Boucoup"! Such a cute touch to tie the bags into the theme!
 The centerpieces are also proof that flowers don't need to cost a fortune to fit into your day. Simple pink and white bud vases with one flower stem each were the perfect way to add a bit of style to each table!
"French" food may not be a hit with the younger set but French Fries always a welcome sight from anyone no matter what the age! This adorable "Frites" or "Fries" bar was just the cutest and most original touch I have seen in a long time. Fresh hot fries were placed into the pink paper lined baskets and then...
 the guests were able to choose their toppings and dips for their Frites! From the usual Ketchup to Garlic Aiolie to Parmesan Aiolie to cheese...there was something for everyone to top or dip their fries into!
 It is always the little touches that make the big difference in a party. from the black ribbon tied flatware in the handle basket at the end of the food line....
 to the bow tie on the straw cup near the drinks, the details matter. One by one you don't see how they all fit together but when you put them all together they make a continuous theme.
 One of my favorite details is the pinwheels on the garage door. The bow ties in the center of some of them tie into the bow tie on the straw container and the use of the different colors and patterns tie into the pieces like the giant letters and the hat box! 
And, of course, there is cake! It isn't impossible to turn out professional looking cupcakes even if you don't bake! Baked in double liners and topped with a bit of buttercream and adorable Parisian "picks", these little gems are a party highlight!
My favorite detail of all is little Miss Ruby's dress! What a wonderful idea to dress your little one up to match the theme of the party! Whether it's the scenes of Paris, like on Ruby's skirt, or a little construction outfit or super hero costume for a "Dump Truck" or "Super Hero" party, this is a detail that tops the charts for details!

Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet Ruby. I'm so happy you had such a wonderful party! Someday you will look back on these photos and see just how loved you really are and how we were all SO happy to celebrate up your 1st Birthday in a BIG way!

See you all next week!


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