Real Parties – Spring in Paris 1st Birthday

This past weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter’s 1st birthday. Her actual born day falls on the 11th which is a special day to me not only because of her, but also because it happens to be my late Father’s birthday. I have to say, it was so nice to come together with close friends and family and celebrate. My baby girl had the most amazing day, full of smiles and lots of dairy free cake!!!

Birthday girl

 The inspiration for her party came from the city of love, and her Spring-time arrival. We paired them together to create a sweet Spring in Paris theme fit for our petit bebe. We actually haven’t had the opportunity to travel to France yet, but have always been mesmerized by Paris, and the french culture. The concepts that I thought up basically came from inspiration I found, but mostly from the advice of one of my closest friends who went to Paris a few years ago. I was fortunate to have her photos for reference! My father was a jazz musician so we had jazz playing in the background in his honor, which seemed quite fitting for the party’s theme anyway.

The birthday party took place at Cafe de Mimi (Mimi is our daughter’s nickname) last Saturday afternoon.

Party elements

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Fresh rose and lilac centerpieces adorned each table. Speaking of the flowers…I got a steal of a deal on them. I picked up two bunches of roses from Costco for $30.00 total and the rest of the lilacs came from my Mother-in-law’s home. We were out at her place just a few days prior and the lilacs hadn’t bloomed yet, so the timing couldn’t have been better! The whole house smelled of Spring and fresh flowers. As usual, I enjoyed creating the centerpieces. To give them a Parisian market feel, I added chalkboard signs to each adding the names of the flowers in french. I used a variety of jars, pots and mugs to display the arrangements.

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 I also made a homemade lilac floral crown for my sweet baby girl to wear.

Floral crown

To give our home a French cafe vibe, I setup a small table in the center living area to resemble cafe seating. It was quite romantic when our guests would sit and dine here.

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Here’s a closer look at some of the decor from the celebration. I made all of the paper banners by using a striped and floral print paper form Michaels. Which we hung on the dessert table, backs of chairs and fireplace. Other decor details included hat boxes that I found at Ikea, wrapped in lace ribbon, and Eiffel tower figurals from Target.

Decor details

Baby M’s dress came from Baby Gap.

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Our guests dined on a delicious hand catered lunch and gourmet treats. My mom and I prepped all of the lunch items ourselves and aside from some of the macarons, I made all of the treats homemade. I even made a batch of dairy free macarons which I was quite pleased with. Everyone seemed to enjoy them despite the dairy free filling I used.

The Menu

I created the menu signs using trays from the dollar store and chalkboard paint. Check out the DIY post for more details.

Menu

Beverages 

Homemade Lavender Lemonade, Assorted French Sodas (blood orange and lemonade which I found at Cost Plus) French Market Berry Soda from Trader Joes, Perrier and bottled water. Raspberry, lemon lime wedges and rosemary garnishes.

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Appetizers

Baguette and Cheese (Gruyère, brie and Roquefort blue,) crudité and dip, pain perdu, fresh grapes and strawberries, nutella and strawberry crepes, artichoke crostini and homemade tapenade, blue cheese and citrus stuffed olives.

appetizers

Lunch

Nicoise salad,  Fresh baguette sandwiches with choice of ham, turkey or chicken. Stone ground mustard & pesto mayo. Fresh mozzarella, havarti, and brie, heirloom tomatoes, arugula (rocket) and assorted veggies. Homemade Pommes Frites which my hubby hand cut and cooked.

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Dessert Table

Homemade strawberry cupcakes with a vegan vanilla buttercream icing. Homemade lemon and lavender infused sugar cookies (dairy free) with a vegan lavender frosting. Store bought French Macarons, plus homemade french macarons with a dairy free strawberry swiss meringue buttercream and also a strawberry jam using this recipe. Assorted drageés (pastel jordan almonds and chocolate covered sunflower seeds.) Strawberry Eiffel Bon Bons (found at Cost Plus) and chewy multi-color nougat. Pistachio and pink grapefruit gelato accompanied the cupcakes for dessert.

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Dessert Table

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A closer look at some of the sweets and the cute ice-cream cups I found at Jo-Annes.

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Homemade french macarons, ivory paper straws and rose napkins from Ikea. Please note: I’ll have the paper straws available for purchase in my Etsy shop soon.

Party sweets

We made an individual size cake for my daughter and I cannot believe how much she enjoyed it!

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I made the cake using a dairy free butter and the icing was a homemade vegan strawberry buttercream. I’m not the best at decorating cakes, but I wanted it to look a little rustic anyways. We were pleased with how out it turned out.

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She dove right in and then cried when I took it away. This was after it ended up in her hair and just about every other place imaginable! So cute to see!

Cake!!

One of my favorite moments from baby M’s celebration was the slide show of her 1st year that we shared with all of our guests. This included video snippets of all of her milestones which had me full of tears. I seriously cannot believe my baby girl is already one!!

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Thank’s to all of our wonderful guests, baby M got some adorable new things to play and learn with!!

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We thanked them all for celebrating with us be offering white chocolate Eiffel Towers that I created with one of my dear friends. We made them using an Eiffel Tower mold that now available in my Etsy shop. We filled the bottom of the favor bags with pastel pink sunflower seeds to resemble flowers at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower.

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Each bag was tied with bakers twine and a tag that read, Merci.

party favors

All of the details you see here were hand created by yours truly with the wonderful assistance of my lovely mom and sister, plus a few of my girlfriends…thank you lovely ladies!! From the food, to chalkboard trays, and signs, to the invites, flower arrangements, labels, paper prints, to the mustache and lips props, banners and photography. Talk about exhausting! But totally worth it, because this is what I love to do!! I was also able to save quite a bit of money doing it all myself.  There’s nothing more personal than hand created details. I just think they make parties more memorable and extra posh!

Kid’s favor bags.

Party favors

and chalkboard signs & props.

Paper details

I know I don’t share pictures of myself often, but I vow to do more of that! Not in a vain kind of way or anything, I just think it’s important for my readers to get to know the girl behind Posh Little Designs. I’m still working on my hubby though! He’s usually hiding from the camera, or the one taking the shots the girls and I together. Eventually I’ll bribe him into being in a few!

Mommy and the birthday beauty!

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Big sis.

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Sweet sisters.

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My oldest daughter and I testing out the mustache props.

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Thank you so much for reading!! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how baby M’s 1st birthday celebration came together.

Baby M

One of the simple DIY’s (chalkboard clothespins) and the recipe for the Lavender lemonade we served at the party are coming up next on the blog, so be sure to check back in for those details and more!

Have a lovely Saturday!

xoxo

All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

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Paris, Parties and Instagram

Happy Friday!! Hoping you all are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!! We’re celebrating my baby girl’s 1st birthday tomorrow and then I get to kick my feet up and relax all day Sunday, for Mother’s Day. After all of the work I’ve put in lately, it will be nice to have a day just for me! The last few months have been super busy, and the days leading up to this weekend have been quite hectic to say the least so I feel very deserving.

Here are a few snippets I took via Instagram to share with you all the prep I’ve been working on for baby M’s Spring in Paris birthday party happening tomorrow.

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I made homemade macaron shells and then celebrated my success with a glass of rosé. The macarons didn’t turn out as perfect as I would like (I think the batter needed a few more folds) but it was an excuse to have a glass of wine anyways…

My girlfriend and I prepped the white chocolate Eiffel Towers for party favors. I chose white chocolate to match our color scheme…even though I can’t eat them. Used to this by now.

I made homemade lavender syrup for fresh lavender lemonade! I’ve been dying to try it all week. Be on the lookout for that recipe on the blog soon.

Lastly, my hubby (with my over-the-phone assistance,) picked out the perfect pink and white roses to accompany the lilacs I’m using for centerpieces.

Back to work I go!! With the help of my lovely mom and sis, plus two of my fave girls, It’s sure to all get accomplished.

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Check back in soon for more Paris party details and Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible mommies I know.

xo

Paris Party Essentials

Greetings. I hope everyone had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo! Mine was full of celebrations, but now that Monday is here the party is over (at least until next weekend) and I’m focusing all of my attention towards my baby girl’s 1st birthday. Time has flown!! I seriously can’t believe my sweet M will be 1 years old in just six days. As a result, I won’t have a lot of spare time on my hands, but I’ll do my best to keep you updated this week by sharing party planning snippets via Instagram.

Up first, are some of the party essentials for her Paris themed celebration. Paper prints, and cake bunting designed by Posh. An Eiffel Tower figural, mint paper straws to tie in our color scheme, some fun and festive hand-made props, my favorite baking cups, and some adorable DIY chalkboard clothespins (check in soon for that simple tutorial.)

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As you can see, I’m working on many special details to make her 1st birthday memorable. I hope you check back in soon to see how it all comes together.

In the meantime, let’s be friends on Instagram.

Have a fabulous day!

xo

Baby Glam

Sundays are usually super lazy for us and I love this because not only do I get to spend the entire day with my family, but I get the chance to work on projects that need finishing. Like the final edits from the recent photo-shoot I did my baby girl. You may remember the IG sneak peek I shared with you a few weeks back. Well, between illness and birthday planning, I’ve finally had the chance to finish them up. Now all that’s left is for me to get them printed on canvas.

If you follow my blog, then you probably already know we’re going with the “Spring in Paris” theme for her 1st birthday celebration. The theme is what inspired the wardrobe that she wore. All super girly and chic. I pulled a few necklaces from my own collection and paired them with lace bloomers, a tutu, and hair clip, all in the color of pink and all purchased at specialty stores locally. It was nearly impossible to get her to keep the tutu on, so eventually I just gave up and let her explore. This quickly transitioned into her eating the jewelry and pulling the clip from her hair every chance she could get. I guess I was fortunate to at least get in a few good shots.

Anyways, here she is. She turned 11 months on April 11th and has started walking. She loves getting into trouble, being testy and eating rice crackers. Her favorite word these days is “more” as in “more food.” She also loves to give hugs and snuggle. We keep expecting that her eye color will change, but they’re still blue as ever. This comes as a bit of a surprise to my husband and I as neither one of us have blue eyes. I have brown and my husband has hazel, and so does my oldest daughter. Just makes baby M that much more unique and special.

I feel lucky to be a mama to such amazing little beings and I love capturing special moments with them! For whatever reason lately, I’ve been really into vintage and sepia. These are my favorite shots of her.

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Thanks for reading. Check back again soon for more posh.

xoxo

All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

Spring In Paris – Inspiration and Invitations

My baby girl will be 1 years old in just a few week’s time and I can barely believe it! The past 12 months have gone by in a flash. She was born on Mother’s Day weekend last year and shares the same birthday as my late Father. Such a special gift. Each day that passes we’re reminded of the way she’s blessed our lives. We couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments or more in awe of her heart, her love and her smile. There are so many moments worth celebrating and although bittersweet, we are looking forward to ringing in her special day with our closest friends and family.

The theme for her 1st b-day is inspired by a collection of Paris cookie cutters that I carry in my Etsy shop. When I first got them in stock, I fell in love. But that’s not where my obsession with Paris began. I have been enamored with the city and France in general for quite a long time. So romantic, so chic, the land of macarons, Coco Chanel, French decor and just about everything else I consider to be posh. Every girl’s dream!!! Isn’t it?! And since my baby girl is a little too young to choose her birthday theme, I’m taking advantage of what will most likely be the only year I get to choose for her.

Now for the planning. My goal is to keep it super young and sweet just like her, starting with the color scheme. Since she was born in Spring, I’m planning to tie in the season by using an abundance of fresh flowers; peonies, roses and hydrangea. I’ll also be incorporating the trendy pastel accent hues of mint and blush as well as many French details and decor, such as the Eiffel Tower shown below. As you can see, the overall feel to be light, airy, and super girly-chic with lots of signature touches including handmade invitations, props, prints and labels.

Adding this signature touch is important to me because it’s what makes a celebration memorable, unique and posh.

1st Birthday Invite - Spring in Paris

Above is a sample look at some of the designs and prints I’ve been working on as well as the items that have inspired them. From the “I love Paris” imagery, to the white Eiffel Tower I purchased at Target, the mint pastel balloons, ivory striped straws and last but not least a box of macarons from Ladureé. I need to get my hands on some of those…asap!!

1. I love Paris 2. Eiffel Tower – Target 3. Pastel Balloons  4. Ivory Straws  5. Ladureé Box

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And here’s a closer look at the invitation that was sent to our special guests.

 I’ve had so much Paris on the brain lately, a visit to the city of love is definitely on our list of to-dos, however it will have to wait until the girls are a bit older and more accustomed to long travel. Until then I’ll just have to pretend like I’m already there…this seems like the perfect start and the perfect way to celebrate ma chéri.

p.s. The 12 month photo seen in the invitation is from one of the 1st birthday photo-shoots I did with my baby girl. Stay tuned for a closer look at the images, they’ll be up on the blog next!

Thanks as always for reading! Check back in soon!

xo

Photoshoot for Baby M

Hello everyone! Happy April!! I don’t know about you but I’m certainly glad that March is behind us. The 2 holidays made it pretty hectic so I’m thrilled to welcome April and Spring and begin work on some new projects. This month I’ll be focusing most of my attention towards my baby girl’s 1st birthday! Yes, she is about to be 1 years old in May. Such a bittersweet, yet exciting time for all of us. Can’t believe how fast the year went by, but I’m remembering to enjoy every little moment as she grows. Taking photos is one of my favorite ways to do this. There is no better way that I can think of to capture her in action.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the photo shoot I completed today, which is for her upcoming birthday celebration and invites. Since we’ve chosen a Spring in Paris theme (more on that later,) getting her all dolled up was a must!! Just a few snapshots taken on Instagram to give you an idea of what’s to come. I’ll be sharing the final edits soon.

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What she wore.

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Please stay tuned as I have I have much to share relating to baby M’s upcoming Paris themed birthday celebration.

Stay posh and check back soon!

xo

My littlest Valentine

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow will you be celebrating? To us the day is all about family so we’ll be spending it with our girls, but this year is extra special for us. Our youngest daughter just turned 9 months old so this will be her very first hearts day (also known as another excuse for me to do a photo-shoot.) The key here…let her “explore,” code word for mess. But all in the name of love. There is no greater gift.

WardrobeButton-closure Heart sweater — H&M baby.

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Her favorite pastime.

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A glimpse into the future? (she must get this from Mom.)

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Favorite ruffle pillow. Baby M

no longer a toothless grin…4 new teeth at once.

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we live for candid moments like this.

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and this.

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and sweet ones too.

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a sure sign she’s getting sleepy.

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And after the kids are off to bed tomorrow, my hubby and I get to enjoy a kid free dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Only the 2nd trip away from the girls since our youngest was born. Very much anticipated and very much deserved.

Have a fabulous day tomorrow celebrating with the ones you love and remember to check back soon for another dose of posh.

xo xo