Dylan turned ONE on February 12 and I was so excited about her birthday party that I had been planning for months! My little girl LOVES to read so I knew I wanted to do a book themed party. I decided on a vintage Little Golden Book theme and am so pleased with how it all came out. I must give a huge shout out to my mom who helped me so much with this little party. We had been scouring thrift stores for months for lots and lots of Little Golden books that we could incorporate into the party decor. I am going to try to find a way to keep most of the things we made and put them in her room because I love them all so much. Even though my little lady was battling a cold during her party she (and we) still had so much fun celebrating with our friends and family. Here are all the party pics and details!
I designed and printed the invitations to look like a golden book. (I was inspired by the cover of this old Golden Book). (this image shows the front and back but also allows for printers bleeds/crops so disregard the messy edges!)
The green dollhouse/bookshelf was a hand made gift to Dylan from my Dad that we keep in her nursery. We stocked it full of books and toys that the littles could play with during the party. On the mantle you will see two adorable hand painted children that I borrowed from a friend (whose baby’s nursery is full of such wonderful vintage touches and a few more of these hand painted children that grace his walls). The big pink Little Golden Book is one that my Mom purchased when my oldest brother was a baby (making it 36 years old) and that she read to us when we were little.
My mom and I cut out letters from a book to make this birthday banner….which I love so much I am tempted to keep it up for a while! We used the font bosox (kindof an ode to my husband’s family who are all huge red sox fans but also because it makes really pretty shaped letters).
A basket full of stuffed animals for the littles to play with.
Above the couch we temporarily replaced some framed concert posters with these photo copied book pages of mine and my Mom’s favorite little golden story “The Twins”. (funny side note- my dad is a twin and my husband is a twin…could having twins be in my future?!) The pages are sitting on top of vintage fabric “mats” that sadly don’t show that I did in fact iron them, oops.
The large book page hanging on the wall is something we had in her nursery. I purchased this at the Nashville flea market when I was pregnant and was told that it is a page from a 1940’s british version of Dick and Jane. I made her smash cake and the two tiered birthday cake. The little pinwheel on top (and the large ones over to the right) we made from book pages. On the easel you will see the little book that I made using her invitation as the front and back cover. Inside there are a few pages that I printed a story on and the rest were left emtpy so friends and family could leave her a little birthday wish inside.
This is one side of her birth announcement….she was so tiny!
I used book pages to cover this “D” that I plan to hang in her room.
Book page garland that my mom hand cut and strung to hang in the doorway. I am hoping to repurpose this somehow in her room….a mobile perhaps?
Goody bag and party hat table: I made the party hats out of book pages and embellished the one for Dylan to wear with. The goody bags were handmade, by my mom, from vintage linens. The clementine box is full of Little Golden Books that Dylan’s friends could choose from to take home in their bag. The bags also have bubbles and a silly straw inside.
Our food table consisted of cucumber sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches, rice krispy treats with white chocolate (super easy to do!), pepperoni bread, veggies and ranch, clementines, string cheese and crackers for the littles, and more.
The birthday girl! (who was unfortunately pretty under the weather for her party but still cute as a button in her little golden dress. get it? little golden dress for her little golden party? I slay me, ha!)
Dylan and Daddy
We are music lovers so Daddy decided to start Dylan her very own record collection. Each year he will gift her a very special record that she gets to take with her one day when she moves away (:*( tear!). He chose one of his all time favorites this year, Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys.
Matilda checking out her goody bag.
Lily looking adorable in her party hat!
Matilda, Bayli, Destry
Here comes the cake smash! Or….the dainty little proper cake eater is more accurate. I kept waiting for Dylan to smash the cake all over her face but she was just a little too lady like. At least she liked it!
Her camellia onesie was a gift from my dear friend Kerry and I have been saving it for her to wear on this special cake smash occasion. It looks perfect on her!
Happy Happy 1st Birthday my darling Dylan Camellia!