Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored as I was sent a few complimentary items – all are marked as “c/o” throughout the post – for the party in exchange for being featured in this post. All editorial and opinions are my own.It’s truly amazing how fast a year can fly by … I remember bringing W home from the hospital like it was yesterday and now that little baby is a whole year old! Looking back at his newborn photos makes me want to go back in time and cuddle the teeny tiny little six pounder who seemed like an old, old soul who had so much to tell us but could only sit in our arms and communicate with his searching eyes. So different from the active and playful little monkey we have on our hands now but all the growth and steps and milestones have been the most beautiful changes I’ve ever witnessed. We feel more and more thankful to God each day for being blessed with this treasure of a son. So to celebrate his first year, we decided to throw an intimate Peter Rabbit themed party. While W’s GiGi (zhih-zhih in Win speak) and Grandpère made it up for a wonderful visit capped by the birthday party, J was unfortunately called away on business and missed the whole shindig … but we made up for it when he returned with a mini encore party.I honestly could never have pulled off such a flawless party without my Mom’s tireless help and great taste. She surprised us with two beautiful birthday outfits for W. She hand-smocked W’s monogram (with carrots!) and expertly sewed the adorable longall to perfection. While she’s made W some beautiful outfits in the past, this may be my favorite. The little bunny bubble suit she found at a children’s boutique and it was perfect smash cake attire. My mom came over on W’s birthday with the most stunning bouquet of blue and white hydrangeas that looked beyond perfect tucked into my vintage watering can. And I’m still in awe of the magazine-worthy vegetable tray she whipped up in no time at all. I found a bunny napkin tutorial from Martha Stewart and while I admittedly have no patience for things like that, my mom took the time to make four and I am so thankful she was willing to do so because they looked awesome. I mean, seriously, they looked awesome. Thanks mom, you’re the best. And a big thanks also needs to go out to my dad for being the best W entertainer there ever was – he’s a master peek-a-boo enthusiast! xox.
The custom welcome sign (c/o) from Adorn My Wall is an Etsy find and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I framed another cute sign from this same shop that reads “Some Bunny is One.” You’ll see it next to all of W’s month-to-month photos. And Elsie was the sweetest shop proprietress to work with.
I knew I wanted to highlight the dining room window and this blue and white gingham garland (c/o) from Grace N Goods created the most perfect swag to complement the greenery outside. The colors and patterns worked so well with everything else we had going on for the party. In fact, I loved the garland swag so much, it’s still hanging up in the dining room! It’s just so cheery, I couldn’t take it down just yet.
Bunnies are everywhere in our neighborhood and we often spot them right outside the dining room window eating their dinner while we eat ours which was a contributing reason for the party’s theme. This little guy was munching away in our back yard!
I found this sweet cake topper (c/o) from hartranft design on Etsy and as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect. We deliberately chose a very simple design for the cake because we knew the topper would steal the show … and boy, did it! Just darling.
If you’re thinking W’s highchair banner (c/o) looks similar to the window garland, you’re right! It’s the same exact style from Grace N Goods – isn’t it the cutest? My mom added the “1” pennant which I just love.
Photography and styling by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.