let’s party . cole turns one

24 Apr

five months ago, we had a super awesome day of friends and food and triangles and cake, and it was so great to share it with so many of our favourite people. when cole got crabby (as most one year olds do) birthday cake made everything better!

a big thank you to all of the lovely friends who picked up my camera or sent photos of the party happenings while i was busy partying :) love you all.

48 Responses to “let’s party . cole turns one”

  1. annie April 24 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    I love how he picked up the whole cake! Great post, and thanks for sharing!!

  2. Nani April 24 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    wow love the colors and decorations plus the last picture set is priceless!

  3. shawna [of styleberryBLOG] April 24 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    This is adorable–such a lovely & original idea! You always inspire me. & you also make me feel better that it’s been two months and E’s bday pictures are still untouched…ha! :)

  4. bri | mamages April 24 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    as always, beautiful photos! happy {late} birthday!

  5. Christine April 24 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    yay!! So happy relive this awesome party! You did such an incredible job with every stinkin’ detail, Andrea. Thank you so much for including us in Cole’s day, love that little guy!

    p.s. I was literally shaking in my booties attempting to get a shot of anything near worthy of your camera… you’re welcome for the most likely blurry photos from my end ;)

  6. Christine April 24 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    p.p.s. I still love how those balloons turned out, I kinda wish you had those up everyday.

  7. Cindy d April 24 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Eeek I’ve been waiting to see this goodness. You have a true talent and all the details-I can’t stop looking!

  8. Suse April 24 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    The hands free face dive def my fav!! Such a sweet little guy! Xo

  9. michelle April 24 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    so happy to be a part of this special day. xo.

  10. sara April 24 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    absolutely amazing decorating and food making! in love with the last set of photos!! so cute and rad!

  11. Mónica April 25 2013 at 12:05 am #

    That spectacular decoration hath been precious. The photos eating up the cake with it great fun. Kisses and happy Thursday.

  12. Nina April 25 2013 at 4:50 am #

    That last one of him and Lila!! <3 <3

  13. Grace April 25 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Thank you so much for posting these pictures. I am completely enamored with your photography and all the beautiful eye-candy on your blog. And your kiddos are simply amazing. Did you design the invitation? It’s the sweetest!

  14. brenda April 25 2013 at 10:06 am #

    You have a special little boy on your hands! You are quite the hostess. :) I see from a few of the photos you through my kind of party (wine and beer served). LOL!!

  15. Elizabeth B April 25 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Such a great job on the decor! I really admire your style Andrea – you always do just the right amount :) looks like everyone had a great time.

    Hey. – do you know where i could get Billy Balls (Craspedia) real or otherwise in Edmonton? I’d really like to find some and I recall that you had some in a photo once or maybe I was imagining things.

  16. cait April 25 2013 at 11:05 am #

    wow! so great…..the cake attack is awesome ha!

  17. samantha pierson April 25 2013 at 11:34 am #

    seriously?! way stinking cute! Love the colors and triangles and that cute little face covered in cake? priceless :)

  18. Meryl April 25 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    What a beautiful party and a happy little man. Well done!

  19. Kerri Lorenson April 25 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Wicked! Looks like the perfect party for your sweet Cole!

  20. Mayeli April 25 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Happy Birthday. Great party.

  21. asta April 25 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    the cake looks amazing :) perfect colours and the mood !

  22. sara April 25 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    you were right… it was a pretty awesome post! lovely everything ;)

  23. Amy April 26 2013 at 7:45 am #

    so cute!

  24. Mariana April 26 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Andrea, you should start adding the Pin button to your images!!!This would be great for inspiration. :)

    • andrea April 26 2013 at 8:41 am #

      i find the button to be really distracting, but it’s super easy to just add a pin it button to your toolbar and then you can pin from any site :) http://about.pinterest.com/goodies/

  25. Jillian Welk April 26 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Just wonderful! I am inspired by the hanging arrows… thinking I may have to do a version of this for my little ones’ room! I was wondering if you could share the colour name for your dark grey walls in your living room. I notice you are a lover of grey just like me… what are your favourites?

    • andrea April 26 2013 at 9:40 am #

      our dark grey is behr intellectual and i absolutely love it. we have a medium grey in cole’s room — behr atmosphere — that i also really like. the light grey we used is a little blue for my liking in most light, but it’s also behr, ashes. hope that helps!

  26. Julia April 26 2013 at 8:58 am #

    What a great first birthday. :) Love the color scheme and all the decor! Can you come decorate for my next party? ;)

  27. Shara April 26 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I am IN LOVE with this. Amazing lady.
    Love all of the images, and love to see you guys in a few of the shots. What a great celebration.

    curious, the balloons. How did attach them to the ceiling ? little nails? do you have a stipple ceiling ?

    • andrea April 26 2013 at 9:46 am #

      thanks so much shara! the balloons were taped to our stipple ceiling and it took a lot more time than i expected, haha. (it’s a good thing everything else was super simple!)

  28. Mary April 27 2013 at 2:39 am #

    That last picture of him covered in the blue cake is the cutest thing EVER. What a gorgeous party! Also, I’d just like to say – I’m quite a new reader, but your posts are always so beautiful.

  29. Sarah May 2 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    I love the colour of your living room walls, that dark slate colour. What’s the name of the colour and the brand… if you don’t mind.

    • andrea May 2 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      behr intellectual :)

  30. Elizabeth November 13 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    This is adorable! Our little guy’s first birthday party is coming up soon, and I was wondering how you did the strings of triangles. It looks like they’re machine stitched, but I can’t tell for sure. Thanks!

    • andrea November 13 2014 at 11:09 pm #

      you got it! sewing machine :)

      • Elizabeth November 14 2014 at 2:39 pm #

        Thank you!

  31. Lindsey November 16 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    This is so great – I love it! Do you mind sharing where you found the balloons? They are super cute. I rarely see balloons in such great colors. Thanks!

    • andrea November 16 2014 at 8:53 pm #

      thanks lindsey! the balloons are from dollarama and a local balloon store here in edmonton. if you happen to be local, check out “the balloon store” on gateway.

  32. Kelly K March 6 2015 at 8:12 am #

    Hi! I absolutely love the decorations for your sons birthday party! I am looking for simple just like this for my son’s first birthday party. Did you make all of the decorations or purchase them from somewhere? I’m trying to make things easy on myself this year and try to buy rather than make as much as I can. If you made them, do you sell your creations? Love it all!! Thank you for any input!

  33. Kelly March 6 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Hello! This party is insanely adorable and such simple decorations without a crazy theme! I love it! I was wondering if you made all the decorations or purchased them from somewhere? If you made them is it something you sell? My son is turning one in two months and this is exactly what I want to do. If you made them and don’t sell them can you give me some tips on how a not super crafty person could make what you did?! Thank you!!

    • andrea March 6 2015 at 12:38 pm #

      hi kelly! thanks so much :) i did make everything — it’s all pretty simple. i can give you directions if you let me know which goodies you’re hoping to recreate!

      • Kelly March 6 2015 at 6:39 pm #

        Thank you! Gracious I love it all! The garland, smash cake and cupcake toppers, balloons on the ceiling (I’m sure I don’t need direction in that though haha!), the cuteness over your fireplace. I really appreciate all the advice you can give me!

  34. Laura March 7 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    Love the first birthday..all awesome, especially the first year poem. Do you have a printable of it?

  35. Nicole March 16 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Andrea I love the triangle banners could you please share with me how you made these

  36. Nikki March 29 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    Wow. This post inspired the heck out of my baby’s first birthday party this past weekend. I didn’t realize just -how- inspired I was. I ended up using a lot of the same colours and the triangle garland — I thought I saw the garland on two different blogs, but when I came back to this one I realized it was the same one I saw the colours on. *facepalm*

    Anyway, thank you thank you THANK you for these ideas, and I’ve linked to you on my party post to make sure everyone knows you’re the real deal and had all the original ideas. Again! Thank you! Great post.

  37. Nikki March 29 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    I thought I saw the triangle garland and arrows on two separate blogs* was what I meant to say. :) Sorry.

  38. Jen April 6 2015 at 5:59 pm #

    You have an amazing eye for color. I emulating some of your ideas for my sons first birthday. You’d mentioned that you had a hard time putting the balloons up, how did you ultimately hear them to the ceiling. I was going to use glue dots.

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