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5.20.2014

{real party} G's first birthday party - the inspiration & theme

Since I'm up to date with L's birthday parties now is time to do the same with G's. I know this is way, way too late. About three years late but I never got to post his first birthday party. You'd think I'd love to show off all the hard work we put into this party. And I say "we" because it was family/team work. Without my mom and sister {who flew all the way from Perú} and of course without M, I wouldn't have been able to pull it off.

I shared little sneak peeks here and here. And then a feature in Hostess with the Mostess. G's party was also featured on Apartment Therapy Best Kids Parties, on Baby Lifestyles and on Shoes Off Please. But I never shared it here, on my own blog. I started several posts about all the inspiration, process and details that went into this party but they sat in my draft folder for years {literally}. But as the saying goes, it's never too late, or better late than never, or something like that,  I want to share it now. Specially since birthday party number 2 already happened and I have lots of pictures to share, too. And yes, party number 3 is almost here {Although we may not have a party this year :( }.

Anyway I'll be posting a mini series about how I put together G's first birthday party. With tons of pictures thanks to our photographer Elkin Cardona. It's nice to remember all the design process that went behind this party even two years later.

When I started to plan G's first birthday party the mood boards I created for his nursery came to my mind. I really liked them all, but for the nursery I had to chose just one. I thought his party would be a good opportunity to use one of the other two schemes I created. I chose the orange/grey one, but decided to include a little pop of color adding turquoise to the color scheme.

I immediately started a board in my pinterest, gathering lots of gorgeous images. I even went ahead and designed a first draft of the invitation.
{baby G's first party pinterest board}
However the more and more I thought about the party and a "theme", the more baby G's nursery came to my mind. We put so much thought into his room and I was {am} so happy with how it turned out. We had spent a lot of time in there. It was/is G's special place...so it just clicked in me. G's nursery should be the inspiration for his party.

So there I was, just a few weeks before the party gathering everything pale yellow and grey that came my way: balloons, crepe paper streamers, striped straws, fabric, scrap booking paper, tins, table cloths, anything I could use in the party. But I still needed to decide on a theme.

G was still too young to have a favorite anything, so it was really up to me to decide on a theme. This, I thought, would be one of the few parties I'd get to do whatever I want because in a few years I'm sure G will demand some of his favorite cartoon characters or toys. I knew I had to take advantage and do what I want. His nursery was the inspiration but I didn't want to repeat the giraffe theme. Weeks before we'd just had his big brother's First Communion, so I "borrowed" some ideas from there. A silhouette party maybe?

While designing the invite I thought the "silhouette theme" was not enough. It needed something else. That's how a yellow & grey bunting came into the picture.

{it's hard to tell from the pic, but the "O" in "ONE" had G's silhouette as the negative space}
The invitation I designed was very simple but I loved how it came out. With them in the mail. It was time to start thinking and working on the details. More to come!

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