Monday, June 13, 2016

Sully’s “Babies Who Brunch” 1st Birthday Party!

Yay! Today’s the day, I am (finally) sharing Sully’s first birthday party!!!! It came together beautifully and was such a special day with all our friends and family. Like, seriously, one of my most favorite days ever seeing everyone we love. I’ve been looking forward to sharing Sully's birthday since this inspiration post (+ the many pins on this board) so here we go...
The party was on a Sunday morning (hence the brunch theme), so Allie drove us up to Greenville directly from the Southern C Summit (recaps of day one, two, three, plus Zero George and Candlefish) in Charleston on Saturday and Ryan flew in with Sully on Saturday as well. This left us no time to prep and decorate, so we decided to hire out the food and photography. As a gift to Sully, my Nana also did all the flowers which was so special because she did this for our wedding too.
Nana even made customized wooden hang tags for the arrangements which were placed in mason jars from my wedding. 
Since we couldn't have the party outside, we brought the gigantic balloons inside and strung them up the stairwell which you saw when first entering the house. The marble balloons were my favorite!
Dad thinks he's so funny sneaking a bite.

This whole party was planned to be outside. Well wouldn't ya know it, Mother Nature had different plans. We had about 40 people attend so I was a little nervous, but it turned out great by splitting up the food and drink in different rooms.
You might recognize the above "Donut Grow Up" banner from Sully's one year smash cake session
Photos were definitely something I wanted to incorporate since you take so many of them throughout their first year! We did a banner of each month and then fun ones laying around on tables in addition to the "1" at the beginning of the post.
Before I knew it, it was time for Sully to hear us all serenade her with Happy Birthday and blow out her one little candle. Happy Birthday baby girl!
The above is one of the most thoughtful gifts we've ever received, these are Kate Spade cake cutters engraved with a customized message for Sully so she can use them for all the special occasions in her life! Thank you Uncle Bryce and Aunt Allie, read her blog for more details
Now for my favorite part, the people! Look at our beautiful family and friends, they're the best for showing up for Sully on her first birthday! And we had a VIP surprise guest :). Auntie B flew all the way from San Diego to celebrate with us. Needless to say, I was bawling crying when she arrived and was just in awe all weekend.
I mean, I was just blown away by my bestie showing up!
Focus is on you Miss Sully Lou!
Our family on Ryan's side from Camden and Charlotte!
My sweet Allie, I'm so glad she was able to stick around for the party before heading back to RVA!
My fam, love them.
 Another surprise was Andee who was in town all the way from Poland! It's kind of cool saying these are our friends from Poland, San Diego, Camden and Richmond :).
We love you Preston!
Thank you for all the hard work involved in having a big party in your house Mom!
This is Sully's Great-Grandma Leigh (Gigi). Look at that goofy face!
Sully and Lala matched in Lilly!
One of the sweetest sights was seeing Sully in love with Madeline, who is my best friend from middle school's little girl (lots to come soon on my friend's recent Greenville wedding)!
That's it folks, SUCH a fabulous day! I'm so proud to be this little girl's Mama and am so thankful to have this blog to capture all these fun moments. Click here to read my post to Sully for her 1st birthday, probably my favorite blog post :). 
Now let's talk about sources... for catering we used Christina and her her husband, Chef Matt from Trois Chat Catering Company. I went to high school with these two and the food was so fantastic! If you’re in South Carolina, I would HIGHLY recommend hiring them (contact them via Insta). Here’s the full menu:

Churro French Toast Sticks 
Sourdough french toast sticks dusted in cinnamon sugar and served with both a white and dark chocolate dipping sauce.

PB&J "One" Sandwiches
Homemade strawberry jam and peanut butter served on white bread.

Chicken Salad Croissants
Rotisserie chicken salad served in between buttery mini croissants.

Praline Bacon “Lollipops”
Thick cut applewood smoked bacon with a praline glaze on individual wooden skewers.

Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuits
Homemade pork sausage patties topped with egg and sharp cheddar in between miniature buttermilk biscuits.

Orzo Tabouli
Orzo pasta with cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh herbs tossed in a lemon vinaigrette.

Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits
Homemade french vanilla almond granola layered between vanilla yogurt and Cottle Farm Strawberries. 

Mixed Fruit with Yogurt 

Momofuku Milk Bar-inspired Cakes

For photography, my sister’s friend Grace came with her fancy camera to take pictures for us. She is just starting out and still in high school, but as I’m sure you can tell, she did a wonderful job!

Here’s the details on everything else:

Ombre Streamer Backdrop :: Frolic Party Shop on Etsy

Gold Donut Grow Up Banner :: Sweet Orange Fox on Etsy

Gold Sequin Table Runner :: floratouch on Etsy

Large Round and Marble Balloons :: Balloon and Paper on Etsy

Gold Balloon “1” Cake Topper :: Steph Shives Studio on Etsy

Black and White Brunch Labels :: Loose Lipped Labels on Etsy

Printed Photos :: Shutterfly

Highchair :: A family heirloom, but I really like this one if I was to buy one

Cake Cutters :: Kate Spade, engraved at Things Remembered 

Can't forget about some outfit details! On Mama: I'm in love with the Lush tops and dresses from Nordstrom, especially at the low price point. My staple white jeans are from JCrew and my wedges are Tory Burch and are unfortunately sold out, but love this really similar pair. I picked up my now-favorite necklace in Charleston from fellow Summit alum T. Marie Designs based out of ATL.

On Sully: It's no secret I love Lilly and while I'm sad they only make one style for babies, these shifts are the most perfect outfit - she's wearing this one in Kir Royal Pink. Sully even wears just the dress as a top with leggings when she gets too tall. This one is our fav at the moment which she got for her birthday (thank you Liz & Josh!). Her sandals are our favorite Saltwater Sandal which I buy from because they're always having a sale (we also have this gold pair). The staple white bow was a gift on one of Sully's presents from a baby shower, such a cute idea!

That brings us to the end! Let me know if you have any questions and thank you for sticking through such a long post! It sure was hard even narrowing down all the photos to just the ones above. Happy Birthday Sullivan Louise!
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