A heart-themed first birthday for Malia

Categories   Kids Birthday Parties

We’ve had a few requests to show parties that are more realistic for the average mama to plan, and this sweet party for baby Malia feels about right. A handful of super cute details, a yummy little cake, and lots of love for the birthday girl.

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Here’s a little bit from Lisa, Malia’s thoughtful mama:

“Although we were celebrating Malia’s epic milestone, we also celebrated our family and friends who enrich our lives, make us laugh and love our babies. For any get together we host, it is so important for us to make all of our guests feel the love. With Malia’s birthday being so close to Valentine’s day, I used hearts and arrows as inspiration and incorporated organic elements with a touch of glam (i.e the beautiful tassel garland from Confetti System). The result was a cool girly chic sweet party that perfectly captured her spirit. I pulled much of the inspiration for the party from blogs and party planners I admire, and I also found inspiration in an unexpected place – Instagram.”

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

For decor, Lisa wanted to be crafty and make things herself, but since she says she’s just not – she went for the next best thing. Etsy, of course! Her resources are at the bottom of the post. Do we spy a cute print from Sugar Paper at the dessert table?

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Since it’s cold in Minnesota in the winter Lisa likes to bring the outdoors in, with little potted plants around the house.

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

That adorable MADE WITH LOVE cutting board is available here.

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Heart print and arrow print also from Sugar Paper. Striped washi tape from Cute Tape.

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Guests of all sizes wore a cute heart pin from Ban.do.

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

And Malia and her family gave everyone a copy of her favorite book, Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You. They always try to use books as favors, because the kids love them and it’s something that will be kept forever. Plus you can never have too many books!

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Oh big brothers… hard for them to not take over, right?

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia's first birthday | Melissa Oholendt | 100 Layer Cakelet

Malia is wearing a crewcuts chambray shirt and polka dot bubble skirt, and a red ban.do heart.

Photography: Melissa Oholendt / Art Prints: Sugar Paper / Love cutting board: C Wonder / Cake Pops: Raspberry Bird / Cupcakes: Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique / Tassel Garland: Confetti System / Happy Birthday Banner and Malia Luna Cake Topper: steph loves ben / Heart cupcake toppers: AlisaMayde / Floral Flag cupcake toppers: Molasses Candy on Etsy / Sequin heart favors: Ban.do / Signage: Grace & Guy

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Angelica Golden on Apr 30, 2013

From the cutting board to the gold 'M,' such sweet details for a little girl's birthday party.

meg on Apr 30, 2013

Aww... the black and white poster sized photo is great! I also think the little table is too cute. http://happinessiscreating.com/

Courtney on Sep 25, 2013

Darling party! Would love to know who did the invitations if at all possible?!!! Thanks so much!! xo

Ashley on Nov 9, 2013

This is perfect! Where did you get the cupcake stand and glass cover for her cupcake? It is so cute!

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