When your mom owns a luxury bridal store and knows all the best vendors in the biz, you best believe your third birthday is going to be stunning and awash in gold. From a golden party dress for the birthday girl to monogram invitations and gold details on that pretty cake too, this is a party that incorporates gorgeous girly details and beautiful film photography from Liz Banfield.
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When Amanda Kautt, owner of luxury bridal store l’atelier couture bridal in Minneapolis, conceived of a family party to celebrate her daughter’s 3rd birthday, she wanted it to feel youthful yet sophisticated, fitting of a little girl who loves tutus and bunnies. Also it being her “golden” birthday year, she incorporated bits of gold into the the design, including a gold foil treatment of Audrey’s monogram on the pale pink invitation.
Being a busy working mom, Amanda looked to her favorite wedding vendors to execute her vision. First up was a call to cake designer, Robin Martin from Gateaux Inc. who was given free reign to design a cake. Robin created a two-tier “tuxedo” cake of chocolate and vanilla layers separated by chocolate ganache with a fondant bunny, gold sugar pearls, and a sparkly gold “3″ on top. She also airbrush stenciled vanilla cutout bunny cookies in a variety of pink patterns for all the little children who would be in attendance. Patisserie 46 provided gown-up bites of mini bahn-mi sandwiches and savory cheese filled cream puffs for the adults.
To dress up the house top floral designer Munster Rose created a welcome wreath and garland of fresh greens (bay leaf and olive leaf) and a lush double-faced satin ribbon. Also fragrant arrangements of hydrangea, hyacinth, anemones, and ranunculus were sprinkled throughout the house. And to top it all off (literally!) a petite head wreath of individual hyacinth blooms made the birthday girl feel special.
Amanda also had a friend sew a fabric bunting swag in tones of ivory, pink, and pale green. The bits of fabric in different shapes added a festive texture to the wall, providing a focal point for the birthday cake positioned on her historic home’s built-in buffet. Amanda also painted a gold heart on linen stretched around a frame so that party guests could offer their wishes for Audrey on pink monogram paper that coordinated with the invitation which were then pinned to the linen.
Lastly, wanting pictures worthy of the event, Amanda called friend and photographer Liz Banfield to capture the event in lush film photography.
Photography: Liz Banfield | Catering: Patisserie 46 | "Three" Pillow: Oh Baby | Amanda's Dress: Chloe & Reese Custom From L'atelier Couture | Audrey's Dress: J Crew | Cake And Cookies: Gateaux, Inc. | Floral: Munster Rose | Invitation: Paperista