When my daughter was young I was fortunate enough to meet a number of like-minded moms with kiddos the same age. In an effort to avoid spending the entire spring attending birthday parties, we joined forces and threw one huge bash together for our kiddos' second and third birthdays. Being friends with the creative geniuses that are the Moyle sisters of Hello! Lucky has many benefits, especially (but certainly not limited to!) when it comes to birthday parties!
For our kids' second birthdays, we threw a neon party that was featured on 100 Layer Cakelet and Apartment Therapy, among others, and I still see pinned with regularity on Pinterest. Their third birthday party was a bit more subdued Rainbow and Unicorn themed bash.
As all our kiddos are (sadly) in different preschools, we opted to go our separate ways this year where birthday parties are concerned because we simply couldn't stomach the idea of hosting a party for 75 munchkins. However, I also wasn't ready to give up the idea of huge birthday bash for El's fourth birthday. Given that she is very into tutus these days, I opted for a Tutus and Bowties themed gig (you can see my Tutus and Bowties Pinterest inspiration board here).
We had 25 kiddos on a rainy morning in late April and thus my plan for an indoor/outdoor party were thwarted. Fortunately, I had planned a number of activities including ballerina clothes pin dolls, face painting, and a large wall drawing. All of the little people came dressed in their tutus and bow ties which made for adorable photos! The decorations, photo booth backdrop, party hats, and food were all homemade (DIYs forthcoming). We all had a blast!
Do you small, intimate birthday parties or larger fêtes? What is your favorite birthday party you have ever thrown? What would you never do again?
All photos by the incredibly talented Monica Elena (with the exception of a couple cake/table photos which were taken by a friend, Peter Sumenaseni).
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After spending the last few days in New Orleans I came home with plenty of inspiration. Yesterday as we were walking home from brunch I realized that it would be great fun to plan future Ella Lou collections after cities I have visited and found particularly inspiring. New Orleans home are some of the most beautiful and vibrant homes I have ever come across in the United States. I'm mulling over how to translate the inspiration they provided me into an Ella Lou collection.
Bonjour! I was recently asked by a journalist to provide a few shots of my daughter and I playing with Ella Lou products for an upcoming article (more about that later) and realized I didn't have any. I have hundreds of her playing with my Wanderlust Playmats, wrapped in a pestemal, or hugging pillows. However, because I am typically behind the camera, we didn't have any of us together. We decided to make an afternoon of it and made an appointment at Blink for a quick photo shoot.
On my most recent trip to Paris, I asked my close friend Vanessa, a particularly savvy Parisian, for a list of her favorite Parisian kids stores. Having recently developed our line of Wanderlust Playmats, I am increasingly interested in well-designed children's products and spaces. The Parisian children's stores did not disappoint. Here I share a few of my favorites.