These two. They’ve been a joy to work with, including their engagement session in Nashville this summer. I can’t wait for their spectacular wedding weekend in a few months! Images beautifully captured by Tec Petaja.
These two. They’ve been a joy to work with, including their engagement session in Nashville this summer. I can’t wait for their spectacular wedding weekend in a few months! Images beautifully captured by Tec Petaja.
Paper design is an art form, and should be treated as such. Save-the-dates and invitations set the tone for any event. If you give a little extra time and attention to the design, your guests will anticipate the event day.
When it comes to paper, the save-the-dates are often overlooked. This is because it’s one of the first things you have to do and it takes a good bit of effort to get the guest list sorted. We recently worked with a client to achieve an announcement that “wowed” her guests. We sent luggage tags engraved with “bon voyage” and we’re still hearing about it months later. Her invitations haven’t even been printed for her fall wedding, but her guests are already checking their mailboxes in anticipation!
Your invitation suite should represent not only the event, but you and your partner’s values. For instance, this handwritten invitation felt more like a personalized letter. This couple’s wedding reception was a family-style dinner hosted in the Carriage House of the Belle Meade Plantation earlier this year. It was a warm and inviting evening in the middle of winter! All images by Nathan Westerfield
A bride is surrounded by the most important people in her life on her wedding day. She is comforted and cared for by her maidens as she prepares to walk down the aisle. Those few moments are precious and should be celebrated.
I had the pleasure of working with Weddington Way to style a bridesmaid brunch to celebrate the launch of their line of bridesmaid dresses. Here is just a small snapshot of inspiration to spend quality time with your dearest friends and family on your big day. All photos by Tec Petaja.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust
Camille and John are both from Mississippi, met at Ole Miss and got married on family property in Oxford. Everything you’d expect from a Southern Soirée made an appearance at this wedding: from alfresco dining, bourbon bar and snow cone station to a soulful band, late-night cigars and bonfire!
I loved that Camille wanted to incorporate navy into her color palette, which we kept in subtle details. The bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo navy chiffon dresses that matched the silk and willow ribbon I wrapped around Camille’s bouquet by Tulip. Chelsea Petaja designed the gorgeous monogram and invitation suite that was repeated on the custom cornhole set.
I was thrilled to finally work with Lauren Kinsey, who captured this wedding beautifully despite a little unexpected rain!
I wanted to take a minute to introduce my Canadian counterpart, Emily. She joined my team two years ago and I feel truly blessed to have her! She is such an asset to my process, not only as my right-hand in executing an event, but also a creative inspiration. After all, two heads are better than one!
A special thank you goes out to Jessica Lorren for capturing this moment during her last visit!
A note from Emily:
My journey to this place has definitely taken some unexpected turns. I never would have thought that I would end up in Nashville working on weddings and especially that I would love it this much. I have always been passionate about style and design, as well as hosting and entertaining friends. Working with Jessica has been a perfect marriage (pun intended) of these two things. Her care for the happy couple and their guests is demonstrated in all of the little details that we execute on the event day.
My passions extend beyond weddings as I also love fashion. I spent a few years at Anthropologie and have loved merchandising in their boutique store for two years now. The skills I have learned translate well to weddings because I have learned how important every aspect of the experience is – how the details make the experience, evoke emotions and contribute to the fond memories.
I am so proud of the work I have been a part of. I am so excited about this new chapter and adventure!
Constance and Jonathan (Conny and Jonny) have a special place in my heart. Constance is a friend, who also works with me on wedding days. I’ve had the privilege of watching her relationship with Jonathan grow, firsthand. Their wedding is this week in LA and I could not be more excited for her and honored to be a part of it!
Constance is a true California girl and their engagement shoot perfectly represents their relationship… I mean, just look how happy they are! Jesse from Our Labor of Love really did an amazing job capturing them!
Amanda Gros and Jen Lewis of Pastel Makeup & Hair put on an incredible two-day workshop for makeup artists, called Rouge. The talented group of attendees created various looks that were captured by Austin Gros.
I had the pleasure of styling the table and creating the florals. We wanted to carry Amanda and Jen’s signature sweetness through the entire mood of the shoot. You can see more from the workshop on Wedding Sparrow!
Bridesmaid dresses are the ultimate complement to a bride. They should never overwhelm her, or even become the focus, but having an unusual selection of dresses can add more personality to a wedding celebration. There are however, some ground rules.
If you want to have your maids pick different dresses, but in the same shade, give them a few guidelines. The dresses should be made out of similar fabric (whether it’s chiffon or lace etc.) and a similar length.
Embellishments have become very popular and can add some special details to a dress without being overwhelming. If you want to try a print, chose something muted. If you end up with a floral print, make sure to work with your florist so they can create bouquets that will compliment the design, not compete with it.
If you allow your bridesmaids to pick something they are comfortable in, they will likely choose something that compliments their unique shape and size. There are some great stores that offer interesting dresses in petite, tall and curvy. My favorites are Anthropologie, Asos and Nordstrom.
Remember, when it comes to a wedding, there are no hard and fast rules! I hope you find these tips helpful in your search for the right dresses.
I couldn’t be more excited to share that Jessica Lorren and I will be hosting another SEE Sessions, this time in West Palm beach. We’ll be sharing our experience and perspective on: finding your voice as an artist, discovering inspiration, building & creating opportunities, visual storytelling and composition. The second part of the day will be led by calligrapher, Rachel of Honey Honey Calligraphy, teaching basic calligraphy techniques.
Day two will include hands-on styling practice, where you’ll have the opportunity to implement new techniques and receive practical tips and feedback. Jessica Lorren will photograph the attendees and their work for their portfolios. Attendees will hear tips on how to enhance social media and web exposure from Drea of the well-known and loved, ohdeardrea blog. Then we’ll conclude with a Q&A at the end of SEE sessions to ensure that each attendee walks away with a renewed sense of inspiration and direction!
I’m loving the colors we’ve chosen for the next SEE Sessions. This is my inspiration, drawn from the rich color of wine and texture of drying paint.
“Experience is the teacher of all things” – Julius Caesar
There is only so much that can be learned through sitting in a classroom setting. We wanted our SEE sessions attendees to experience the relationship and working dynamics between a photographer and a stylist. We shared our design values on the first day, so then they could witness these concepts in action. We spent the second day of the workshop styling a table, a place setting, an invitation suite, a model and more. Our guests were immersed in the midst of an editorial shoot, while we shared our thought processes for our aesthetic decisions as we worked.
We believe beauty is an experience that is created through following instincts; a concept that has to be caught. We had such a talented group of contributors as well as some stunning materials! You can see the beautiful feature on Wedding Sparrow as well.
Photography: Jessica Lorren / Design & Styling: Jessica Sloane / Floral Design: Amy Osaba / Venue: The Cordelle / Rentals: Southern Events / Rings: Arrow and Anchor Antiques/ Ribbon: Silk & Willow / Chargers: Handmade Studio TN / Hair & Makeup: Amanda Gros / Calligraphy: Early-June / Long-sleeve White Dress: Elizabeth Dye / Floral White Dress: Houghton NYC via The Dress Theory/ Gold Dress: Kaufman Franco via Shop Bop / Black Dress: Liz White Couture / Veil: Urban Veils Couture/ Videographer: Needle + Thread / Catering: Beyond Details
On their 10 year anniversary, Dana and Reuben chose to renew their vows and essentially “re-elope.” Because Dana and Reuben never received the images from their original elopement, it was important that this day be celebrated and well-documented by Leslee Mitchell.
Dana wanted to wear the wedding dress she never had. She bought a Temperly London dress off the rack at The Dress Theory in Nashville. They rented a cabin at the luxurious Blackberry Farm to stay in for the week with their two boys.
The day began with breakfast together in the Main House, horseback riding, exploration, and the Wellhouse Spa for Dana. Since collecting wine is something they enjoy, they started their private “dinner-a-field” via the farm’s staff + executive chef, with a nice champagne paired with a cheese plate that I styled.
Since collecting wine is something they enjoy, they started their gourmet dinner with a nice champagne paired with a cheese plate that I styled. The lovely Chelsea Petaja created a beautiful print of their vows that they read to each other. At the end of their intimate ceremony, Dana changed into a less formal dress by Alice + Olivia. Because if you get to do it all over again, why not wear two dresses!
You can see the full feature on 100 Layer Cake!
I love to pull inspiration from the natural environment. Slate is a great representation of a natural element that’s not only a versatile color, but a great texture. Since it is not a color you can easily find in flowers, it’s best used as an accent. When you use slate in your color palette, it can anchor brighter colors and warm up neutrals. Use it as the background for an invitation suite, bouquet or other detail shots. The bluish-grey tone is also flattering on everyone, so your bridal party can easily wear it as a background for the floral. Photo by Austin Gros from a fall wedding.
I’ll be joining a great team of talent at the Rouge Workshop in Nashville next week. I created this board for the styled portion. I’m in love with the water color textures and the soft, romantic mood of this board. Isn’t blush and grey a lovely color combo?
Shirra and Whistle are not just horse-lovers, they work with and have a deep connection with their horses. Their connection to the polo industry has them traveling frequently, but of the places they call “home,” none is more special to them than Graymar Farm in Franklin, Tennessee. It was because of these ties that they chose to get married amidst the beautiful polo fields in the countryside of Tennessee.
The night was a true celebration of their heritage. A combination of their love for each other and their community. The wedding coincided with the Kentucky Derby weekend and guests were greeted with mint juleps as they arrived until finding their seats in the garden. After the ceremony, guests proceeded to the pool area for cocktails. A simple tablescape complimented the beautiful grounds, southern dinner, and dancing under the stars. A soulful band was enjoyed into the wee hours of the night, even after Shirra and Whistle departed!
The gorgeous floral design was crafted by Melissa Broadwell of Vintage Florals and all captured by my friend, Austin Gros. You can see a full list of vendors in the feature on one of our favorite blogs, Wedding Sparrow.
I’ve been waiting to share this one and it was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings last week!
Jackie and Ross are a modern couple who wanted to throw a knock-out party for their guests. We designed the fully draped tent to be an enchanting space, centered around the barn wood dance floor. We mixed ghost chairs with farm tables adorned with lush floral garlands. We carried the elegant, modern vibe over into the lucite table numbers and individual glass bulb vases that were at each place setting. Each guests was greeted with a place cards that dedicated a tree to be planted in their name, a gourmet meal and array of cakes in assorted flavors.
It had been raining all day, so we moved the garden ceremony in the Mansion. During the ceremony, Nashville went under a flash flood warning. The guests enjoyed cocktails, the sounds of a bluegrass trio and strolled through the Andy Warhol exhibit on display in the museum, all while the tent filled with water!
The grass floor of the tent soon turned to mud, but everyone embraced it by rolling up their pants and kicking off their heels. I loved seeing Jackie, Ross, their friends and family embrace the spirit of their wedding.
On their way out, they all hopped on buses to the after party downtown and were treated with the couple’s favorite hometown snacks, brownies and popcorn, for the ride!
The new resource for venues, Venue Lust, asked me to write an article for them about searching for the perfect venue and I wanted to share it. When you’re looking for the perfect wedding venue, forgetting to ask an important question could mean you’ve ended up with a venue that’s missing a key element or that your unpleasantly surprised down the road. As a wedding planner, I help my clients ask these important questions when searching for venues as well as taking in all the aesthetic possibilities.
1. Do you have my date available?
2. How many people can the space hold?
3. What is the fee for renting the space & what does this fee include/what is excluded from this fee?
4. How many hours does the rental fee include and what is the rate each additional hour?
5. Can I use any vendor or do you have a list of preferred vendors?
6. When can I begin set up on my wedding day?
7. Are there any restrictions on use of the space, photography/videography, noise?
8. Do I need to get insurance or any permits for the wedding?
9. How many parking spots are available for guests and can we rent additional parking if needed?
10. How much is the deposit, when is the balance due, and what forms of payment do you take?
When touring venues, make sure to visit the ladies room so you can see what the restroom facilities are like. Also, depending on the weather and the time of year you’re getting married, you’ll want to know if there’s heat or air available in the space. Additionally, most wedding venues will come with ample power for all your needs, but that’s not a given. So be sure to ask about the power they provide and if it’s likely you’ll need to rent a generator.
Above all, choosing the right venue for your big day is a gut decision. I tell clients that they should weigh all the pros against the cons, but ultimately, pick what feels right. It’s a day you’re going to remember forever!
“Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought.” – Alexander Pope
At the turn of a new year, I find myself reflecting, looking back at how I’ve grown and what I’ve learned. I remember both the challenges and the beauty of this past year, I feel the serenity and peace that came with each event. I am so thankful for my clients, assistants and vendors who also value the process of creating. I’m grateful for those who have put their trust in me. I love what I do and what I create more and more as time passes.
I’m also beyond honored (and surprised) that I’ve been named a Top Wedding Planner in Martha Stewart Weddings. You can see it here and in the current Anniversary issue that’s on stands now. Cheers to a blessed 2014!
Blue is often associated with depth and stability. I find it to be calming, and it’s richness inviting. I’ve been wanting to work with a deep blue and grey color palette and this Atlanta shoot was the perfect opportunity to do so. Such a great group of talented creatives came together to make this beauty happen and it’s featured on Style Me Pretty today! I mean, gorgeous flowers from Amy Osaba, perfectly undone hair by Amanda Gros, gorgeous dresses provided by Chaviano Couture, calligraphy by Early-June and captured by Austin Gros.
Flower arranging is one of my favorite things and Melissa Broadwell of Vintage Florals is one of my favorite florist! She’s such a talent and a dear friend. We’ve worked together on a lot of weddings over the years and decided to offer a holiday flower class together in November. This was such a fun evening! We taught, styled and arranged over festive drinks and treats at the stunning home of designer, Amy Jacobs of Gather and Build. One of our sweet attendees, Zipporah Photography, graciously captured the magical night! The last image is the arrangement I made. If you’re interested in attending one of our flower classes in the future, just email us. We’ll be announcing our next one after the new year!
One of my favorite parts of my job is during our initial creative session when we develop their individual mood board together. It’s a fine-tuned process that I’ve been using for a few years now. I love to see it unfold into something beautiful that speaks to my client’s, their relationship and values. The one below is because is a favorite. It just feels so light and airy and has all the right colors.
As creative director, I’m intricately involved in the aesthetics. In the floral meeting for this client, we came up with some amazing ideas that I can’t wait to see executed this coming spring! It will have a lot of special touches added in, but overall this captures the “mood” for their special day.
I’m already listening to Christmas music and stuffing party invitations. It may be a tad early, but it snowed in Nashville this week, so why not! It’s my favorite time of year, despite the cold weather. And decorating for Christmas is at the top of my list. So you can imagine how excited (and nervous) I was when the well-known Flower Mag asked me to be a part of their Design School for this year’s holiday issue. This part of the magazine has historically featured designers that I really admire and respect, like Joy Thigpen and Amy Merrick. So here I am with the garland I made for the magazine and instructions on how to make your own this holiday season!
I don’t think I’ve ever posted a wedding video, but this one is worth posting! This was one of the most challenging weddings I’ve done in my five years of being in the event industry. And it turned out so beautiful and everyone was so happy, despite the flash flood warning we were under! I’ll be sharing the images in February with Martha Stewart Weddings. But for now, enjoy the video by Needle & Thread!
I’ve been working on the design for SEE Sessions, the workshop I’m hosting with Jessica Lorren in February. We’ll be at a gorgeous historic space called The Cordelle, a renovated Victorian in the heart of Nashville with lots of white space and great light. My goal is for the tablescape to encourage conversation between the attendees with a setting that feels warm, inviting and simple.
Airy, open, inviting and warm, The Cordelle is a venue that feels like home as soon as you walk in the doors. You want to throw a party and invite all your closest friends and family. These sentiments inspired us to create a story for a bride who embodies these characteristics, someone who is warm, open, and finds the joy in the people around her.
Everything she does, she does with care. She spends hours dip-dying squares of muslin, imagining precious friends and family laughing and sharing a glass of sangria. A hand-lettered invitation suite is thoughtfully sent. She includes a note about the history of the venue, a little insight into her inspiration. She is the ever-caring host, who knows that handmade touch communicates her gratitude for her guests.
My friend Melissa Broadwell and I had a great time putting these flowers together. We used sage (which smells so good), pink protea, one peony, chocolate cosmos, scabiosa, ranunculus, agonis, astrantia, sweetpea and oregano for the uniquely bouquet. The lovely Jessie Early hand-lettered everything for me. Hair and makeup was done by the talented Amanda Gros. And all of it was captured so beautifully by Austin Gros. The centerpiece was featured in BRIDES magazine last month and you can see more here on Wedding Chicks!
With family in France, it was important to Melanie to incorporate her heritage into her wedding design. We designed her Georgia wedding as if it were taking place in Provence. Serenbe is a sustainable community and gorgeous location Georgia that transported guests to a cozy place in the woods.We worked on the perfect invitation suite and paper goods with Signora e Mare that helped set the tone for this intimate evening. Guests nibbled on cheese plates, sipping lavender infused drinks followed by a gourmet dinner by Sun In My Belly. Amy Osaba adorned the old farm tables with fresh greens, lavender and lots of romantic candlelight. Guests were also invited to enjoy a wide array of homemade French pastries and desserts by Earth and Sugar. It was a gorgeous night of celebrating and dancing under the stars while taking in the fresh countryside air. These images from Jessica Lorren will just take you there.
Cottage Hill is a beautiful curated new publication that focuses on community. Their Editor asked me to produce and style an editorial shoot that showcased the dress shopping experience, specifically the exchange between the bride and her mother. I had a great team that helped put this together and I love how the images tell a story of such a unique occasion that most brides get to experience. We used the gorgeous space and dresses at the local shop, The Dress Theory. Amanda Gros did hair and makeup. And Austin Gros captured it all. You can see the full post here on Cottage Hill.
This autumn wedding was featured on Once Wed last week and it makes me eager for more fall weather in Nashville! Sarah and Marc are an artistic couple with Brooklyn style and a Southern sensibility. They wanted to have a laid-back gathering of close friends and family to celebrate their marriage. Sarah, a Brooklyn designer, known for her ceramics and work with porcelain, wanted to contribute her art to the wedding design. She crafted all the porcelain pieces that were used as vases and the hangings placed over the guest tables. Her overall approach was DIY and that’s what made her wedding truly unique. All of the decor, hangings, desserts and favors were contributed by either the bride or talented friends and family. Sarah even took her stunning Nicole Miller dress and with her mom, reworked the lace to be a gold modern design that complimented her aesthetic. This relaxed celebration was truly “homemade,” but felt more like an intimate community of artists, family and friends.
Day and Eric are the casual type. They wanted to have a chic event that celebrated their union without it being fussy or over the top. Day gravitated towards a classic aesthetic, but wanted to mix in her personal style. What resulted was a garden party at Front Porch Farms with lots of lush, winding vines and florals by Jaclyn Journey. I love how Day’s maidens wore different ivory dresses, making their pink-hued bouquets even more vibrant. Day’s flower crown added a touch of bohemian to her glamourous hair and makeup by Jordan Byers. And as always, Tec Petaja captured it all perfectly!
One of my all-time favorite bouquets to create was for my sweet bride, Dominique. This classy Canadian wanted a Southern fall wedding at Belle Meade Plantation. And even through the rain, they had such a beautiful and intimate celebration. You can read their full wedding story in the Weddings Unveiled 2014 Summer Issue.
I am so excited to announce my first workshop that I will be hosting with my amazingly talented friend, film photographer, Jessica Lorren. This will be a comprehensive styling experience exploring the art of seeing.
Jess and I have always had a similar aesthetic. Our goal is to create and portray beauty with an organic, simplistic approach. And our objective for SEE sessions is to help you, as designers, stylists and photographers, to intricately explore how to approach a wedding both aesthetically and relationally to create a final product that is unique to each client and artist.
During Day One, we will be sharing our experience and perspective on: finding your voice as an artist, discovering inspiration, client interaction, building & creating opportunities, storytelling and timeline management. We will review photography techniques for composition, posing and lighting. We’ll also give tips on shooting and styling for getting published.
Day two will include a fully styled wedding editorial shoot where attendees can observe, participate, practice and receive feedback. There will be a Q&A at the end of the day to ensure that each attendee walks away with a renewed sense of inspiration and direction in their role as an artist.
SEE Sessions will be held February 10 – 11 in Nashville, Tennessee at The Cordelle. Space is limited. If you’re interested, please check out seessessions.com for more information.
There are few things more personal than getting a handwritten letter in the mail. Opening an envelope addressed to you, the feeling and smell of the paper, the ink slightly raised from the page–the experience of opening a letter is sensory and personal. When creating an invitation for your event, consider that hand lettering stands out in this digital age. Since the invitation is the first glimpse your guests have of your event, an invitee who receives a hand lettered invitation immediately feels appreciated and knows to anticipate an intimate affair with your personal touches.
Lettering is a true art form with a rich history, and incorporating lettering into your invitations conveys a sense of timelessness. Modern Calligraphy, for example, is a great way to hint at the past tradition of calligraphy while perhaps incorporating a more fluid style and modern details, the perfect mix of elegant and relaxed. Working with a calligrapher or letterer enables you to create something unique to you and your event.
When planning your invitation with your designer, you’ll be able to truly customize your invitation suite so that it reflects you and your significant other and your special celebration together. Since a free-hand wedding invitation is entirely custom, you are able to add interesting details such as a unique floral illustration, a drawing of your venue, or a meaningful quote. Wedding invitation designers are artists, so take advantage of their knowledge and particular skill set. Don’t hesitate to ask plenty of questions, and give them examples that are similar to what you are looking for. Remember to listen to their suggestions and trust their artistic instincts.
Your wedding invitation becomes a keepsake. More than any favor, a hand lettered invitation is a tangible memento of your celebration. Just as a letter in the mail becomes a special priceless treasure, your invitation becomes a special part of that tradition.
Dominique and Marcus, a Canadian couple, were ecstatic when they finally got engaged after 8 years of a long-distance relationship. They are a couple who define love and commitment. These two work together at their family gourmet food business day in and out. They wanted their engagement session to be timeless, romantic and simply, just about the two of them. We chose a location in Nashville that had a lot of history and charm. It was also the location where
It’s inspiring when a wedding design is a bit of a stylistic challenge. Paige and Jon Mark chose a very industrial space on the river, but wanted their celebration to feel warm and relaxed. In coming up with their design, we wanted to marry their industrial, modern aesthetic with natural touches. We were careful to mix straight lines with airy textures. I worked with Melissa of Vintage Florals to gold-dip the vessels she used for the flower arrangements in a way that mimicked Paige’s design of the menu cards. Don’t miss all the fun details and gold head table that Taylor Lord captured so beautifully in the full post on Green Wedding Shoes!
“Traveling–it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” -Ibn Battuta
I was in Napa Valley on my family vacation last week and kept finding myself inspired by the lush colors and textures. Sometimes when I travel, I envision myself living in that place and Napa felt like home to my soul. There’s such beauty in creating something from start to finish and enjoying the final product. My favorite vineyards were the small family properties that produce wines culminated by years of labor and love. I could feel their stories and rich history. One day I’ll return, but for now, I’ll dream about it and stare at this inspiration board I created while I was there.
I recently shared my inspiration for my new office and I wanted to share the final product. It’s so nice to have a space of my own. It’s quiet and has lots of natural light. It’s a place where I can focus, create and meet with clients. A big thank you goes to Austin Gros for capturing my little space. You can also see a feature of it on the school of styling.
One of my professional goals for 2014 was to open an office, which I started working on in February. It’s been so fun to design an interior space that’s inspiring to work in. I wanted to share some of my inspiration. The below images were taken from Pinterest and you can see my full Pinterest board here.
One of my photographer friends, Austin Gros, was so kind to photograph the space for me a few weeks ago. I’m really excited to share images of the finished space soon!
I only have one sibling, so helping my sister with her wedding was a special honor!
With about 30 close friends and family, Jenni and Brandon said their vows barefoot in the sand. The relaxed celebration was held at a private residence. It felt like a romantic “pool party.”
Several of my industry friends helped us pull it all together. Beyond Details catered a plated dinner with a summer salad and smoked trout. Amanda Gros worked her magic on our hair and makeup. And Austin Gros captured it all so beautifully! I’m so grateful to them for making the trip!
With a good friend of mine, we foraged the area and designed the centerpieces in clay pots. It was a real treat to be able to make my sister’s bouquet on her wedding day. Everyone came together and made it such a lovely day… even the rain cooperated! Make sure to check out the feature on Style Me Pretty today!
Every child’s first birthday is special, even if they don’t remember it! My son entered the world a little dramatically and had to spend some time in the NICU. So celebrating his birth was especially important to me. I really wanted to make it fun for everyone!
We already had the cute tepee, a gift given to me by a dear friend at my baby shower. I used it as the inspiration for the party. I made everyone a feather headband (using this DIY tutorial) to wear so that we all felt festive! We served brawts, sliders, texas caviar and sweet potato fries on bamboo plates. My mom and I made gingerbread moose cookies for the table and shortbread tepee cookies to take home as “camp treats.” We opened gifts and then everyone wrote a “camp note” to Sullivan… so that even though he probably won’t remember his first birthday, he can read about it one day!
A special thank you to Abigail Bobo for capturing my little munchkin and all the fun details. We’re honored that 100 Layer Cakelet featured Sullivan’s party on their adorable blog. Be sure to check it out – they have such great inspiration for mamas!