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Sugar and spice and everything nice. This lovely SUGAR AND SPICE 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Melissa Olson of Melissa Olson Photography. I just love the fabric garland and the delicate ribbon cake!

Here is what Melissa had to say about her party- “Being a photographer, I love to throw fun and pretty birthday parties for my kids. This means I get to go crazy and style the party that best represents my child that year and it gives me some eye candy to photograph.

This is the first year I’ve gotten to throw a girl party. (Yippie!) For my daughter’s 1st birthday, I wanted to throw a girlie party with vintage and modern inspirations. I started with the poem “Sugar and Spice and everything nice…that’s what little girls are made of!” I thought that fit my daughter perfectly. I made that poem the forefront of her invitation and also incorporated it on her party favors.

Invitation + Favors-
It’s important to me to create a photograph to put on the invitation. The out of state family and friends love seeing how she’s grown and it’s a great memento for me to keep and look back at years from now. Designing the set for her smash cake session was my first stage of planning for this party. It sets the stage and look for her invitation. I want the photo of Kate to give the guests a feel for what type of party it would be. I ordered tons of fabric from Etsy and made the fabric strip garland for her photo session. The fabric strip garland would also be used as the backdrop for her party table. Kate wore a vintage top made by Matilda Jane Clothing Company and a skirt from the Gap. The pieces went well together to create a soft vintage modern photo for her invitation.

Having my own photography business, I also do design work for my clients. It was a easy decision to use design elements I already had to create the invitation. I used a vintage green and pink with lace, a ribbon banner and a girlie font. I had them printed on 100% recycled cardstock to continue the feel and look. I also custom designed the favor bags and those are available on MOphotography. The favor’s had the Sugar and Spice poem displayed on the front and a Thank You note written on the back. I used fabric from the fabric strip garland and sewed a zigzag line across the layers to seal the bag shut.

Food + Decor-
For the party, I wanted to keep cost down while not compromising the theme. I looked around the house for items I could use before I started shopping. One of the biggest pieces I found was the table for all the goodies. It wasn’t just any table, but a vanity my Dad had given me when I was a child. I had painted it black years ago and it ended up going into storage. That piece meant a lot to me as a little girl and it became a fun project refinishing it white not only for the party but also to pass on to my little girl for her room. To finish off the table, I added 4-5 strands of ribbon to place down the center line. This added a splash of color the the white and kept it simple and modern.

To display the food, I had white serving trays, a vase, a vintage frame and berry containers that would add to the table. The rest of the items I went out and bought. My favorite purchase was the ruffled edge cake plate from Pier 1. It complimented the ruffled cake so well. I made both cakes and the cookies to cut down cost. Since I’m not very good at making fondant pieces, I purchased the cupcake toppers and the #1 from Parkers Flour Patch. She did an amazing job!! I purchased the cupcakes from a local store so I could save time and they weren’t very expensive. As for the punch, I knew I wanted to use mason jars to add to the vintage theme. I purchased the lids and straws at The Papered Nest. Along with the candy favor bags, I also made matching ribbon wands for all the little girls. Both were a big hit! :)”

Vendor Credits –
Event Styling, Planning, Design and Photography: Melissa Olson Photography
Invitations and Favors: MOphotography

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  1. Can tell that “Mommy” is a very talented artist/photographer. Invitations are beautiful. I love the fabric garland & ribbon cake too. Will need to pop over to Melissa’s website after this!

  2. kelsey says:

    I love the berry containers! Where can I find them?

  3. Melissa says:

    Thanks for posting my party! I love your site!! :)

  4. nora says:

    so cute! lovin it!!

    greetings! nora

  5. Ashley Sand says:

    Love the ribbon cake, it’s so nice I wouldn’t eat it and just make it a centerpiece!

  6. I LOVE the font used for “sugar and spice” and idea the font name??!
    Adorable party!