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Vintage Teddy Bear First Birthday by Kate Landers Events from the TomKat Studio.

Today, we are so excited to share a party styled by Kate Landers that was especially dear to her heart: her son Noah’s first birthday! We’ll let Kate take it from here to fill you in on all the great details:

Planning a first birthday party for a client is an incredible experience, working with parents to help design a perfect milestone celebration for their little one. When the time came to plan our son Noah’s first birthday party as not only an event stylist, but as a mother as well–it was far more emotional than any party I have done before. Let’s just say it really tugged my heartstrings, and was an extraordinarily emotional yet most rewarding and delightful experience. I have fallen head-over-heels in love with motherhood, and the great gift of our son Noah was something we knew we wanted to celebrate in a special way.

We went with a vintage teddy bear theme, based on the fact that Noah loves to snuggle and tackle his 4′ teddy bear (the “vintage” part was honoring my love of all things “shabby chic”, and the unicycle was to keep it whimsical). I love soft colors and wanted to keep it age appropriate–he was turning 1, after all! We went with pastel shades of yellow and blue, accenting the color of the bear.

With months to plan, I wanted to take the time to add a handmade element. So my husband Ryan and I (yes, he is the most amazing husband in the world for reasons beyond his willingness to help me with party projects) hand crafted fabric party hats, trimmed with handmade yarn poms and ribbon.
Vintage Teddy Bear First Birthday by Kate Landers Events from the TomKat Studio.

We had an intimate party with family, short and sweet to keep Noah from getting too overwhelmed. Serving a ruffle-frosted birthday cake (Noah had his own smash cake too, of course!) and beverages was simple and easy, and  guests loved being able to take the extra sweets home. Festoon-trimmed party horns, petal “baby block” favor box centerpieces, banners and place cards were all fabulous PAPER party products that added many of the most darling and personal touches. They worked together seamlessly to reinforce the theme and color scheme.
 
Of course, I just KNEW my dear friend Kim from The TomKat Studio would have the perfect party products for Noah’s first birthday celebration. From tableware and bamboo flatware to paper straws and baker’s twine, she literally had it all. The 36″ white balloons were SUCH a hit with Noah, and we loved loved LOVED the plastic French square bottles we filled with candy for favors (and used as last-minute vases, too!). In addition, Kim went out of her way to get me everything extra early, and threw in some surprises (like pastel yellow and blue sprinkles) that I adored. Thank you Kim, for helping my vision for Noah’s first birthday become a reality–something far sweeter than I ever could have dreamed of.

Vintage Teddy Bear First Birthday by Kate Landers Events from the TomKat Studio.

Vintage Teddy Bear First Birthday by Kate Landers Events from the TomKat Studio.

Vintage Teddy Bear First Birthday by Kate Landers Events from the TomKat Studio.

Vintage Teddy Bear First Birthday by Kate Landers Events from the TomKat Studio.

Vintage Teddy Bear First Birthday by Kate Landers Events from the TomKat Studio.

Vintage Teddy Bear First Birthday by Kate Landers Events from the TomKat Studio.

Vintage Teddy Bear First Birthday by Kate Landers Events from the TomKat Studio.

Vintage Teddy Bear First Birthday by Kate Landers Events from the TomKat Studio.

::sources and credits::

Party Supplies: The TomKat Studio Shop
Party Styling: Kate Landers Events
Photography: Liza Voll
Linens: Sweet Tea and Linen
Paper Goods: Loralee Lewis
Cookies: Bambella Cookie Boutique
Fondant Toppers: Edible Details
Candy: Hammonds Candies
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Le Bon Bon LA
Yellow Dot Boxes: Pamela Smerker Designs
Party Horns: Oh Goodie Designs
“Noah” Party Hat: Shawna Brockmeir Styled Events

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May 14, 2013

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  1. Tina Dahl says:

    One word….PERFECTION! Just simply lovely, from the soft and beautiful color palette, to the age appropriate theme to all the TomKat touches, one of the loveliest parties I have seen! Although I am not an event stylist, I know how hard it is to plan you own child’s party and how much heart and soul that is put into it, so I can only imagine what a labor of love this was for Kate and her husband. Fabulous! Oh, and Noah is adorable 🙂

    • Kate Landers says:

      Tina, WOW! You had me at “perfection”!!! Thank you so much for your most thoughtful compliments. The fact that you could see the heart and soul that went into it means so much to me–on top of that, the fact that you took the time to share these kind words. Many thanks! xx Kate

  2. Krizia Pernito says:

    This is sooo cute!! I love the combination of yellow and blue. Perfect for a little boy..

  3. Kate this is so, so lovely! everything is just perfect and yet so classic and simple! Love how the little bear on the bike is the star of the show and how everything else compliments him in a “calm” way without being too hectic!

    • Kate Landers says:

      Julie–You are always so, so kind. THANK YOU for your kind words, your opinion means so much to me. And I love your view of the event–the bear, and “calm” colors–Noah has been a wave of calm in my life, and I love that you saw that in the party. Hope you are doing well! xx Kate

  4. Lisa Nelson Jones says:

    I utterly adore Kate Landers work. She can truly make anything look wonderful! Thanks for sharing about Noah’s party!

    • Kate Landers says:

      Thank you so much Lisa, what a truly humbling compliment! I only hope I could live up to your kind words. Thank you for taking the time to comment! –Kate

  5. Outstanding & lovely as always, Kate! Darling storyline with no detail left unnoticed. And not to mention an absolutely adorable little one to celebrate. Cheers!

  6. Lilian Oliver says:

    Kate, your work is truly inspirational. The small touches and I love the fact that Ryan helped you with this {James loves to help me too!} Noah is so gorgeous and you can see how proud he is of you and you of him. I cant wait to see the next one!! xxx

    • Kate Landers says:

      Lilian–you always say the absolute kindest things that leave me blushing. Thank you! How wonderful it is to have husbands that help us out–and sometimes even enjoy it—with our parties! Thank you for your sweetest words on Noah…already started planning his second birthday! xx Kate

  7. WendyB says:

    Kate – this is wonderful! My little one just turned 1 also, what an amazing age, right? Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. An inspiration! –WendyB

    • Kate Landers says:

      Hi Wendy, Thank you so much for commenting with such kind words. You are right, one year is a fabulous age! Congrats on your little one reaching this milestone age. xx

  8. So adorable! What perfect colors for a first birthday!

  9. janet says:

    Stunning, such lovely soft colours – and all the little details are adorable 🙂

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