If the love isn’t evident from this incredible Peter Rabbit-inspired first birthday party Alex Michele threw for her son, we have maybe the sweetest write up in SMP Livings history to follow. Truly. It brought me to tears. So take a peek at this jaw-dropping party, peruse the rest of the gallery, and definitely, definitely don’t miss this super-mom’s words to her first baby boy.
From Alex… I had you at 8:04 pm. I was enchanted with you, how could I not be? You had cheeks for days and soft skin, and you were just the perfect vision of a healthy big baby boy I could ever imagine. I couldn’t believe I grew you for 41 weeks and 2 days, shot 25 weddings with you, shopped with you, cried with you, and nurtured you with Oreos, Chic Fila and pickles. Then June 4th came around and you were evicted. You were huge, my son. They handed you to me and that was it. Melt. You were mine, all ours, your dad and Is sweet first born- from that day forward on, I became a mommy.
I loved you but I didnt really know you, “know you.”
I always had this innate emotion I had felt for years, well before you were a glimmer in my eye, any time I suffered a hardship the vision of you was what got me through it, you were the light at the end of the tunnel. I had always wanted to be a mom and now Im Henrys mom. What an honor that is! Over the past 11 months and 3 weeks, I have really gotten to know you now. I know why I love you and its not just because you are totally cute, totally bratty, totally way too smart, totally picky about what you eat, and totally hip when you dance and spunky and might remind me of myself sometimes (lol) BUT furthermore, its because we get one another. Like soul-mates. You are my kindred spirit and my little boy. You make me proud every day of every new thing you do, your joy and laughter brightens my soul every single day. My joy is watching yours. You are my son, my sweet partner in crime and my darling new little friend. I am a better person because of you, really and truly. Thank you for teaching me what unrequited love feels like.
I wanted to do something very special for your first birthday. I know you will never remember it, but I wanted you to have a memory though pictures to show you just how much I love you. You reminded me of that mischievous little Peter Rabbit and so it suited you and I, and that was that. Your first birthday party had to be special; filled with color and sweetness, perfect little details, treats and laughter, awesome party favors for your friends and a few games and surprises! Yes, I even got you a REAL Peter Rabbit to debut your soiree! I wanted to celebrate my little bunny with happiness and style, thats okay right? And, we did! Everything was perfect! From the setting of Treaty Oak- a 250 year old oak tree, to the light, the careful breeze, and the flowers that smiled, everything was perfect for YOU. I had some very special people help me put this whole thing together and we all did it because we love you, Henry. I cant wait to watch you grow into a little man one day! BUT, until then, your mom (albeit crazy, who has centerpieces at a kids party?!?!) will have a hell of a time planning your parties! I want you to know just how special you are each and every year! I love you sweet boy of mine and, I will leave you with my favorite lines that I read to you when you were only hours old.
On the night you were born,
the moon shone with such wonder
that the stars peeked in
to see you
and the night wind whispered,
Life will never be the same.
Because there had never been
anyone like you
ever in the world.
Photography: Alex Michele Photography | Associate Photographer: Ryan Carey | Cake Pops: The Cake Pop Shop | Cake topper: Fox Wool Design | Flowers, Vegetables & Moss: Shea Hopely Flowers | Paper Napkins & Wheel Barrel Holders: Zulily | Paper straws & Yellow Martha Stewart Bunny Favor Bags: Lou Tinen Events | Peter Rabbit Sweater, Mushroom Cupcakes & Acorn Donut Holes: The Dainty Knit | Peter Rabbit bunnies: CVS | Peter Rabbit stamps: Blossom Stamps | Peter Rabbit tablecloth: Pottery Barn Baby | Photo Booth Props: Say Hello Shop | Photography & Event Design: Alex Michele Photography | Rentals & Linens: Luxe Party Rentals | Wooden Stakes Signs: Brandea Anderson