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Monday, February 7, 2011

Winter One-derland 1st Birthday Party: Inspiration Board

Mia’s first birthday party was this weekend and we are EXHAUSTED.  I can’t wait to go to bed at 9pm every night this week and get a massage on Saturday.  It was a long month of shopping at Michael’s/Joann and crafting, but everything turned out just how I wanted and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! I’m actually thinking about next year’s party already J

My vision -  
When I was 38 weeks pregnant, Doug and I watched the weather as usual, and Jerry Taft said there was a big snow storm headed our way. So Doug told Mia (in my belly) to wait until the storm passes before coming.  Sure enough, the one day that we get 10 inches of snow, Mia arrived!  So for her 1st birthday party, I thought it’d be perfectly fitting to have a Winter One-derland. And, since her birthday is after the holidays, I knew I’d score awesome wintery deals. J Also, since Mia isn’t in love with any one thing in particular yet, I figure now’s my chance to do a party how I want J Come next year, I’m sure she’ll have a full blown personality with clear likes and dislikes.

When I told my sister in law (the gracious hostess) the Winter One-derland idea, she asked if there were going to be snowflakes plastered all over her house. Nope! I wanted to create a cozy wintery atmosphere without a single sign of a snowflake.  I also wanted to stem away from the traditional girly pink and envisioned a white, silvery and lavender color scheme. 

A few weeks prior, I walked Doug through the house with papers, lists and drawings in hand.  I explained what I was going to do with each room and he said “Wow, you look like a real party planner.” I squealed with excitement! What a compliment J Maybe I can do this!

It’ll take some time to go through my pictures and pick out the ones I want to show you.  So in the mean time have a second sneak peek by checking out my inspiration board of just a few ideas that were furiously running around in my head all month. I’ll try to give credit to the sources the best I can recall. Check back later this week for full party details.
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Invitations: PaperCulture
*LOVED. You can customize. They email you proofs. You can edit the proof. You can  add personalized messages on each card. They mail them out for you. The turn around is fast. The cardstock is heavy. And they plant a tree J
Dress and cardigan: Baby Gap/Gap Kids
Wafer cups & Highchair : Hostess with the Mostess  
Napkin flowers: House of Smiths
Doljabi Table: Rebecca’s dol at Korean First Birthday
Headband: etsy shop MiaCouture
Ice wreath: How Does She
Faux fireplace: Sara's Party Perfect
Sweater pillows: Brassy Apple
Dot strings: Grant’s dol at Korean First Birthday
“Snow” tablescape: Joyful Weddings and Events
Fabric leaves: etsy shop JaneJoss as seen on Design*Sponge


emily rymarz said...

omg Lish .... too cute. just way too cute. so happy for you that you can do all of these fun crafts :)
-xoxo em

Joyful Weddings and Events said...

Thanks for including some of our work in your inspiration board! Looks great :)

Mia Couture Custom Designs said...

What an amazing first birthday! :)
You are truly talented!
Thank you so much for including my headband!

Mia Couture Custom Designs

Jane Joss said...

Wow, our branches are in fabulous company! Thank you for including us and have fun!!!

~Jane Joss

stinertrev said...

Mindy I had so much fun at the party and everything was BEAUTIFUL! :) You did such a great great job!

I loved the inspiration behind the party too. What a sweet precious memory! :)

AND - maybe I'll be luck and go into labor early! :) Hopefully!!!!

Brassy Apple said...

thanks for including my sweater pillows in your inspiration board! what a fun themed party! :)

Sarah said...

lil ol' me is a part of your inspiration board?! can't wait to see what's to come! aren't you glad it's over?;)