a first birthday party for isla

First birthday girl wearing A Tiny Arrow headbandWe celebrated Isla’s birthday three times! No, we did not throw her three parties. That would just be crazy! But we were lucky enough to celebrate with a lot of people we love. First, Isla had her first taste of birthday cake on Christmas day with family (we hosted 20 people that day, including my side of the family and Chris’!), then Chris and I celebrated with her on her actual birthday with a little song and cupcake, followed by a party we threw for a few of our friends last Saturday. Our house is small, so breaking up the celebrations was the best way for us to make sure Isla could celebrate with a lot of people who love her. For a one-year-old, she was incredibly aware that these celebrations were for her. Her excitement level was off the charts. It was pretty stinking cute. We had a blast at her party with our friends. I just wish I had taken more pictures. I managed to get just a few of Isla and some rushed photos of our delicious food spread, but got none of her with anyone else … not even with Chris and me! That makes me very sad. I need to get better at giving the camera to someone else so we can capture all of these wonderful moments and milestones. But anyway, one final happy birthday to our favorite girl!

p.s. Isla’s gorgeous feather headband was my inspiration for the party decor and her invitations. Here’s a few of the party details:

{Isla’s headband: A Tiny Arrow | Isla’s dress: Zara | Isla’s moccasins: Freshly Picked | invitations: Letter19Design | tassel garland: The Flair Exchange (from our wedding and Isla’s nursery) | foil number 1 balloon : Party City | feathers: Plumule Feathers | succulents: Urban Jungle | cupcakes + dark chocolate pretzels + assorted snacks: Wegmans | cake truffles: Ms. Goody Cupcake | donuts: Federal Donuts | Isla’s vegan cake: Sweet Freedom Bakerybumble bee cake plate: Anthropologie | photographs of Isla: Nicole Albertson Photography}

First birthday party food spread + dessert bar

Cactus in mercury glass votive as first birthday party decor

First birthday party desserts

a tiny arrow moonstone feather headband The prettiest headband I ever did see, from A Tiny Arrow.

First birthday party food spread + dessert bar         Pink vegan strawberry and vanilla first birthday party smash cake

Foil number one gold birthday balloon and tassel garland

First birthday party smash cake

First birthday party food spread

First birthday girl wearing A Tiny Arrow headband

First birthday party smash cake; A Tiny Arrow feather headband; Zara dress


tassel garland

First birthday invitation by Letter 19 DesignOur gorgeous invitations (they have matching thank you cards, too!), by Letter19Design.

Sweet Freedom Bakery Philadelphia Smash Cake  First birthday girl wearing A Tiny Arrow feather headband

First birthday smash cake

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