After Charlie’s second birthday party, Dave and I started talking about the rhythm of birthday parties we wanted to establish in our family. When Charlie was the only one, it wasn’t a big deal to throw a huge party every year…but knowing we wanted more kids, we suspected we would eventually want to scale that back in an intentional way. I LOVE planning parties for my family members, but the idea of doing so the way I like to (with themes, inspiration boards, etc.) multiple times each year someday did feel like a little much. We decided that we would throw big parties for four milestone childhood/teen birthdays: 1, 5, 10, and 16. We hope this means each kid’s four parties will be especially memorable! Especially considering that this system means I will probably only get to choose one party theme without input from the birthday kid (ha!), I was thrilled to jump headfirst into planning a Ladurée-inspired first birthday party for Azelie!
I say “party” with a grain of salt, because it was nothing like the invite-everyone-we-know party we hosted when Charlie turned one. This was probably a bit of a blessing, because on our cold (but happily, sunny!) February Saturday, I think I would have been a little stressed if we had had tons of people and kids in our house…I strongly prefer outdoor parties for this age group ;) We hosted Dave’s parents and just one family of friends in person. As you can see on the invitation below, though, we invited our other family members and a few close friends from all over the country (and even my sister in Dublin!) to join in from afar on Zoom to sing Happy Birthday and see Azelie dig into her first cake. I loved being able to include everyone in this way, especially since there’s no way they all would’ve been able to join in person, even in normal times. As it turns out, I think it was one of my favorite parties we’ve hosted to date. Hope you enjoy this peek at the sugary-sweet details I pulled together for our sugary-sweet girl!
Macaron invitation: Minted / Cake recipe: Elisabeth & Butter / Floral plates, blush hexagon plates, scalloped napkins, floral birthday banner: Meri Meri / Glitter 1 candle, balloons: En Fete / Gold flatware: Target / Cake stands: borrowed from Emily :) / Azelie’s outfit: The Proper Peony / Azelie’s bow: Little Poppy Co. (use code BOWCLUB for $5 off your first month) / My bow earrings: The Tiny Tassel / Monthly photo mini prints: Social Print Studio / Mini pain au chocolat: Layered Croissainterie / Glassware: vintage from Dave’s great-grandmother