Bohemian First Birthday Party
October 26, 2015
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As a fellow blogger and mom to one insanely cute little Miss Scarlett, Lexi of Glitter, Inc. couldn't help but throw a detail driven birthday bash for her baby girl's first birthday. It's all cupcakes and sweet treats with an overarching bohemian flair. Tee-pees and macrame are the way this party rolls. See even more captured by Brandi Leigh Photography in the VAULT.
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As a blogger, I'll be the first to admit I get a little obsessed with the details, so when it came to our little girl, Scarlett's first birthday party, I went all out. We had just recently moved into our new home in North Carolina, so it also happened to be the perfect excuse to get our house - well, at least the downstairs! - into tip-top shape and throw one big housewarming/birthday bash to get to know our neighbors and my husband's co-workers (he's a first-year resident.)

We collaborated with Partyology, an oh-so-helpful creative idea-packed party-planning app, to create this backyard bohemian bash - an idea I had been playing with in my head for months. Partyology helped us to hunt down all of the great party supplies and décor. Brandi Leigh, our photographer, came before the party to photograph the styled shots and stayed throughout the party like a trooper to catch all of the extra-adorable moments. She is an unbelievable talent and made our baby girl's birthday party look like a million bucks.

As for the house, we had this awesome screened-in patio with no furniture to fill it (and a limited new homeowners' budget), so we got creative. Cue the "bohemian lounge" complete with Scarlett's favorite teepee, layers of souk rugs, blankets and throws, floor cushions and pillows.

The activities for the kids all sort of grew from the bohemian hang-out idea. We wanted the kids to have a great time, particularly because we had so many young kids in attendance (and my own mom has always been a rockstar at making amazing food for the grownups with plenty of memorable stuff for the kiddos.) I found bubble sticks at Walmart in the clearance section and covered them in gold polka dot stickers from Target to give as party favors. We also had temporary tattoos and lollipops on a tray in the kids "lounge," butterfly wings decorating the chairs, and plastic mason jars with lids so the littles could run to their hearts content with juice in hand. Bubbles, tattoos, a teepee, and lollipops: obviously the boho lounge was a big hit.

We kept the food simple: a homemade toasted pine nut caprese tortellini salad; homemade artichoke dip with chips, crackers and carrots for dipping; trays with petite sandwiches and chicken fingers; and a cheese and fruit board; plus tons of dessert. I had a lot of fun with the dessert table. I am a dessert fiend, so I knew I wanted to make that the focal point. I made s'mores bars and chocolate chip cookie bars (both foolproof and so good), put out plenty of fruit, dark chocolate salted almonds, brownie brittle, an amazing cake and cupcakes by Sugar Euphoria that I decorated with real flowers, and a vegan birthday smash cake from Whole Foods for Scarlett who has a milk protein allergy but loved her cake all the same (thank goodness!) We kept drinks simple: a big vat of iced tea, sodas, juice, wine and craft beer (my husband had a lot of fun picking local North Carolina beers to try.)

I'm still pinching myself over how well the party turned out. This was my first party on my own (without my family's help back in Miami), so I worried how everything would turn out. Thankfully good food, good drinks, and good friends is all you really need for a great time! That and a very adorable one-year old.
Vendor Credits
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Flowers, Party Planning and Styling, DIY Glitter Polka Dot Bubble Sticks, Fabric Teepee Banner
Lexi of Glitter, Inc.
Rustic Three-Tier Tray
Amazon
Fairy Butterfly Wings
Amazon
Vintage Floral Fabric Bunting
Amazon
Macramé Dessert Table Runner, Floral Straws
Anthropologie
Lexi's Dress
Free People
Plastic Mason Jars with Lids
Home Style Divas
LN
Gold Stripe Teepee
Land of Nod
Paper Pinwheels
Michaels
Baby Fringe Booties
Minnetonka
MB
XO Muslin Throw
Modern Burlap
Flower String Lights, "Wild One" Cocktail Napkins
Oh My Goodies
White Milk Glass Cake Stands
One Kings Lane
PP
Party Planning App
Partyology
RR
Scarlett's Birthday Outfit
RuffleButts
Eco-Friendly Plates
Smarty Had a Party
Cake and Cupcakes
Sugar Euphoria
Arrow Throw Tapestry
Urban Outfitters
Burlap and Lace Paper Napkins
Wedding Bubbles 'n More
Wood Barn Door Serving Tray
White Birch Studio
Wood Slice Cake Stands
World Market
Globe String Lights
Yard Envy