Emmy Lou’s Southern Belle 1st birthday

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Southern cake cart for 1st birthday

We know, we know, it’s ALL pink parties around these parts right now. (We’ll assume you’ve perused this ballet birthday and our peony baby shower, yeah?) But this feminine first birthday captured by Audra Wrisley is sooo cute and sooo detailed, that we figured you all wouldn’t mind us throwing another bash in the pink category. Emmy Lou’s mama Elle of Elle Ellinghaus Designs, dreamt up the southern belle theme (and all the flowers), in honor of her love of nature and being outside.

Southern Belle first birthday party

floral garland porch swing

Southern Belle first birthday party

The floral print + theme was inspired by Beaufort Bonnet Company’s sweet bonnets, and everything was designed to match.

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

baby silhouette birthday cake

Elle says, Just Ink on Paper, the incredible stationery company, designed an invitation inspired by her dress, and La Cakerie hand-painted her two tier cake to match her dress’s print exactly. The napkins, plates, koozies (for the adults), signage and the 4′ tall paper flowers her tent was filled with, all matched the print and colors as well! There was a lounge section with her photos from 1-12 months hanging above and on the other side a scroll handwritten by Every Little Letter with her weight, height and favorite things hanging in the middle of her onesie when we came home from the hospital and her onesie at 12 months.

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Emilia was born six weeks early, leaving the hospital at 4lbs after a scary week in the NICU, so they did not hesitate one bit about going all out for their girl. They had a guest list of 120 and asked that they bring a donation instead of gifts so they could give back to the NICU.

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

tiny floral party hat

All the little flower-topped party hats were set up at each place setting.

baby silhouette cookies

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Katya Paperie was behind all these spectacular paper flowers that they set up in a big tent outside.

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

pink and yellow macarons

baby silhouette birthday cake

Southern Belle first birthday party

Keeping with a Southern garden soiree, a silhouette artist used scissors to cut everyone’s silhouette as a keepsake which adults and babies all enjoyed! There was also a “Pick Your Bloom & Decorate a Pot” station where the little ones could plant their own flowers to take home. The delicious menu the caterer provided of Southern fare of fired green tomato & crab cake sliders, along with a signature drink of an “Emmy Lou Elderflower Sangria” for kids and adults alike! The menu was followed by a surprise ice cream truck that rang the bell as it drove up our driveway! 

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

floral decorated high chair

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

straw hat party favors

The little ones even got to take home these PRECIOUS sun hats as favors.

straw hat party favors

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Extra large paper flowers

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

…Not only were they monogrammed, but there were fedoras for the boys, too. Srsly, Elle, you thought of *everything*.

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Gotta have the floral print smash cake as well!

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

Southern Belle first birthday party

So sweet, and so much fun for Emmy Lou’s 1st!

Photography: Audra Wrisley / Location: Parent’s Home in Phoenix, MD / Design, Planning, & Floral: Mom, Elle of Elle Ellinghaus Designs  / Stationery: Just Ink on Paper / Calligrapher: Every Little Letter / Cake & Desserts: La Cakerie / Ice Cream Truck: Miss Twist / Catering: Rouge Fine Catering / Tent: Party Palace Rental / Rentals (Chairs, Lounge, Cake Cart): White Glove Rentals / Paper Flowers: Katya Paperie / Embroidery on Hats: Lumina Embroidery / Elle’s Dresses: Lauren James / Emmy’s Outfits: Beaufort Bonnet Company

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