Being an auntie to my friends’ kids has given me carte blanche to spoil them and adore them unconditionally (and then hand them back when they’re pooping and crying). My most ultimate favourite auntie role, aside from cuddles and chubby cheek smooching, is crafting and styling my friends’ babies’ special events.
Okay, maybe I appointed that role to myself because it was the perfect excuse for me to 1) decorate events, and 2) spoil my favourite little humans. After having decorated a successful baby shower and baptism last year, it was only natural that I take the lead in styling that same special baby’s First Birthday.
First Birthdays are a big deal, and when they are combined with a Holiday, it often adds a more meaningful celebration to it. In this instance, this First Birthday fell on Easter weekend, so by default, Springtime and Easter were the main inspiration. I wanted to create a sweet and soft atmosphere with pastels as my main colour palette, and I wanted to tie in spring florals, delicate tutus and of course, bunnies.
It’s the small details
Guests were greeted with an Easter-appropriate bunny at the door and freshly cut tulips alined on the beautiful mahogany staircase that created a statement welcoming entrance.
Each jar was graced with a personalized rose gold Thank You tag that framed the birthday girl’s adorable face, which the guests parted with at the end of the event as their party favour.
Of course, this corner was my favourite part. This was where the darling birthday girl sat on her high chair which I embellished with a DIY and personalized tutu skirt. Not only was this tutu skirt the highlight decor element of the party, the rose gold letters and the florals that accompanied it flowed nicely with the rest of the pastel whimsical theme.
Somebunny is One
This was my other favourite corner. This “Somebunny is One” banner was such a cute and simple way to tie in Easter. I used the botanicals garland from my all-time favourite stationary brand Rifle Paper Co. The soft colours and floral designs tied in perfectly for this occasion as it hung above the 12-month photo collage timeline of the birthday bunny.
Treats and Sweets
Although I wasn’t in charge of the food, I certainly enjoyed placing them…and snacking on them!
As I get older, I realize that I enjoy being part of creating special events for people that I love. I value that involvement much more than buying materialistic gifts. There’s nothing wrong at all with getting a meaningful gift and of course I still do it myself and appreciate receiving them, but these days I tend to cherish more the memories I can create, because they are memories for me too. And it’s an even bigger excuse for me to spoil the people I adore, no matter how young or old they are.
That face. <3