The little girl within me is totally freaking out over this party theme. Little gems? It’s brilliant! I’m certain I don’t know a single little person who doesn’t love all things sparkly: gemstones included. So I’m taking a note from DBLA Designs and placing this one in my memory bank for future offspring. Photographed by Bow And Arrow, there’s a full gallery with a whole lot more adorable inspiration packed within it.

From Bow and Arrow… This lil gem first birthday party was all things gold, pink, and sparkly, a little girl’s dream come true! It was a photographer’s delight to capture the gorgeous jewel stone details from DBLA event designs, every corner of the room sparkled and no gem was left unturned! The dessert buffet, the handmade fabric balls and the breathtaking florals brought perfect gleaming touches to Hailey’s first birthday party. The favorite among the kids were definitely the DIY colored kaleidoscopes and the jewel-toned crayons! They couldn’t get enough of craft time! It was a colorful, delectable, and shimmering first birthday for precious little Hailey!

From Hailey’s mom… I was so excited to concept a theme fitting for our special addition to our family. Hailey is our 2nd daughter who began walking at 6 months old and continues to be nothing short of extraordinary at every turn! Our little gem’s event was a harmonious mix of cute, multifaceted fun with modern sophistication. The venue was a housing community center that comfortably accommodated friends and family of all ages with billiards, classic arcade games, and plenty of lounge space. Shimmery stationery and decor accented with clean lines, geometric shapes, and diamond cuts coordinated the event.

Guests enjoyed an array of appetizers and sipped on homemade strawberry lemonade, deliciously iced with frozen strawberry mint diamonds. The dessert table featured treats on a simple yet striking display that incorporated pieces from the personal crystal collection of Hailey’s grandmother. Textured buttercream cakes topped with shimmery sugar crystals were graced by rows of M&M-filled diamonds in matching ombre style. Petite sugar cookie gems on a bed of candy jewels, and apple-flavored lollipops glittered with edible gold stars, were among the sweet treasures that guests could take home with them in a muslin bag.

All the wee little gems of the party received colorful handmade plush ball rattles, courtesy of my mother’s handiwork. For the older kids, I thought DIY kaleidoscopes would double as a perfect party activity and take-home gift that both boys and girls could enjoy. I wasn’t satisfied with existing DIY kaleidoscopes on the market, so I constructed them from scratch and packaged my own kits complete with instructions. The resulting design was a simplified and sturdy toddler-friendly version that avoided the chaos of messy gluing or tricky assembly, yet still left room for just enough construction so the kids could see how kaleidoscopes work. Each scope was kept white as a blank canvas for the children to decorate with a spectrum of crayon gems, tissue paper pieces and patterned washi tape. No one left empty handed, and our hearts were filled with joy seeing Hailey have such a great time!

Photography: Bow And Arrow Photography | Event Design: DBLA Designs By Loralee Alacantara | Floral Design: Millieu Florals | Cakes: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company | Community Center: Santo Terrace Community Center | Glitter Lollipops & Edible Gems: Candied Cakes | Handmade Fabric Balls And DIY Kaleidoscopes: DBLA Designs By Loralee Alacantara | Invitation Suite: DBLA Designs By Loralee Alacantara