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a party for quinn.

oh hi there blogging world. missed you! coming out of hibernation to share some of my favorite photos from our quinny girl’s first birthday. first. whatintheworld. i’ll be quite honest, i threw this together in just a few weeks. for eight years i’ve planned boy parties: superman, batman, cars, bowling, pirates, camping, orange theme, you name it we’ve done it. putting together something for my daughter was something i’ve been dreaming of for years. however when the time came (immediately after the holidays) i simply ran out of time and it snuck up on me.

so around the first of the year i started to figure out where i wanted to take these ideas swirling in my head. i wanted something delicate and pretty. soft and simple. most importantly i hoped to have as much handmade as possible. some details didn’t pan out and others came together out of nowhere minutes before we welcomed our first guest. at the end of the day i was (exhausted!) so happy to have been able to celebrate our sweet girl with family and close friends and have a camera full of images to remember it by (thanks to my BFF for some of these!).

so… the bits + pieces:

  • i took far too long deciding on a favorite IG from each month of her first year. this was not easy folks, but i narrowed it down and printed twelve 5x5s through my lab, then attached to some twine by small clothes pins for a banner
  • invites were through paperless post – i struggled with the lack of time and planning and had to finally realize it’s okay that they weren’t printed. i actually loved the way our invites turned out!
  • gorgeous fabric banner (double-sided, one had a 1 and the other a Q), crown, bib, and hair clip by the ladies of lavender & linen.
  • silhouette of little Q was done by a friend in photoshop, then i printed it to a mat-board 8×8 (through my lab) and rested on an easel (also was in our invites). i can’t wait to do these of my boys too, what a fun display!
  • hearts, framed Q, bunting on the cake as well as larger bunting done using the basic font pack & my new Cricut.
  • adorable little girl silhouettes done using a Silhouette Cameo. these were fun to use in random designs throughout the day!
  • Q is for Quinn alphabet print i did in photoshop (inspired by something i saw on pinterest) and printed as an 11×14 on mat-board, through my lab.
  • something i started this year with luke’s birthday (and forgot for danny, yikes!) is to have a unique and fun little journal out for guests to write birthday wishes, prayers, words of encouragement in. we loved looking through luke’s and he asked often to read them, i hope that quinn will enjoy looking back on these in years to come as well! journal by sarah jane.

all in all it’s everything i could have hoped it to be. we enjoyed tea sandwiches and friendship and laughs and smiles. our home was warm and cozy and full of some of the most important people in our lives and i’m thankful for the opportunity to have them here to love on our quinn and wish her the best.

i hope to get back around to sharing here more, it seems IG has taken over a bit (ahem, a lot) of my documentation + words lately, but i truly do miss this space. we’ll see. thanks for stopping by, it was fun to share!


January 20, 2013 - 5:50 am

Narelle Bailey - So beautiful. Every last detail. I have loved watching your gorgeous little Quinny grow (too fast). She is a true beauty. We have never actually met, but I can just tell you are such a wonderful mother who is always thoughtful and caring. Lot’s of love from Australia xo

January 17, 2013 - 9:56 am

Casey Chappell - I know how you feel about IG taking over…. but never stop blogging!!! I’m trying to catch up on mine and then I’m determined to be better at it this year. LOVE all these details and love all your handmade and thought out (even if it was thought out quickly) It’s sweet precious and simply adorable…. just like Quinn.

January 16, 2013 - 11:40 am

tiffany - can I even type or spell on an iPhone in a hurry anymore!!?? apparently not. i only speak IG-ese. :)

January 16, 2013 - 11:38 am

tiffany - absolutey, simply, handmadely beautiful! ?

January 16, 2013 - 10:59 am

Danielle - As lovely lovely as can be!

January 16, 2013 - 10:23 am

Ellen - beautiful. love all the little details – the sarah jane journal (love her stuff), instagram photos, bunting, dr. seuss quote…what a sweet first birthday party.

January 15, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Arianne - These photos are so lovely, and she is SO magical. I want to just sit next to her for a while. Watch her and River play, laugh at their amazing personalities (because I can tell Q has one too) and bask in the blessings.

I felt the same way about finally planning a girl party – and then ran out of time too! Also, that pic with her little toes all adorable-like is SLAYING me. xoxo

January 15, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Shawna - Perfection. Delicate & pretty. & so thoughtful!! The dress made it. TDF. Boys are awesome, but finally getting to do girl: blessed. :) well done!

January 15, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Jessica Deane - Oh how perfect her day was! I can’t believe I’ve been watching her grow up through your pictures for a year! Wow! Happy birthday sweet Quinn! You did a wonderful job with her party.

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