11/7/10

Ruby's Pony Party

Ruby's First Birthday

If Ruby could talk she'd tell you the cupcakes were delicious and the wrapping paper was right up her alley. She wore a dress I bought for her when she was only two months old because I loved it so much and the red velvet shoes that I had when I was her age! They were the perfect party shoes and I'm so glad my mom saved them.

The Decor

The pony party theme was mainly inspired by some beautiful vintage horse ribbons I've seen here and used in a Dwell Studio photo (source no longer available). I loved the pink, peach, yellow, cream color scheme for Ruby's party and was thrilled to be able to use mostly supplies I had on hand. I did purchase satin ribbon from FM Store and found the vinyl doily tablecloth at a flea market for $2 a couple of days before the party. The larger toy horses were from my collection when I was little. My parents were sweet to bring them with them for the party and now Ruby can play with them!

The Decor

I used this tutorial to make a satin ribbon but then got impatient and decided to use felt for the next two. Originally, I was going to make a garland with a ton of ribbons clustered on each end but ran out of time and went with what I'd finished. I hung them with straight pins on the table cloth and draped the extra satin ribbons between them.

Our Sweets

I had a blue vintage USA platter and fun mid-century platter with pink and yellow designs on it that we used for the mini cupcakes and white chocolate dipped pretzels that were catered by Emma from the Red Velvet Sweet Shoppe. The black cake stand is from Hobby Lobby, the pink bowl is from Anthropologie, and the blue one is vintage. We used leftover napkins, forks, and cupcake cups from Sebastian's party and our vintage amber glasses and thrifted white dessert plates for serving our treats.

Ruby's Birthday Party

I'll be able to reuse the table cloth and might keep the felt ribbons up as decoration in Ruby's wardrobe. If you're going to make your own...give yourself some time! ;)

Our Fall Baby
photo by Elsie

Elsie took Ruby's first portrait at six days old and we used this vintage floral sheet as the back drop. I thought it would be fun to use it in her first party decorations and take a photo of her in front of it at every birthday party! I can imagine looking through years of birthday photos and always spotting the yellow floral sheet!

Ruby's First Birthday Party

Ruby's First Birthday Party

Ruby loved all of her presents but enjoyed ripping the wrapping paper off the most. Sebastian helped her with the biggest box and then continued to open the rest of her presents for her while she played with the box. I've got the cutest video of it and someday hope to figure out how to load it online!

Ruby's First Birthday

Ruby loved all of the attention and held on especially tight to her handmade doll from The Rice Babies! More on that later this week.

Ruby's First Birthday

Ruby and My Parents

It was a memorable event and I hope Ruby looks back and feels celebrated on her first birthday!

The Bib Post-Cupcake

I'm happy to say the bib did it's job and then survived the washing machine! I think it might go in a keepsake box so Ruby can have something of her own to share with her baby girl someday.

Thanks to everyone who shared birthday wishes online and for all of the sweet gifts and cards and phone calls from family members! I think I'm going to blink and we'll be celebrating her sweet 16! AAAAAAGHHHH!!

xoxo,
Rachel



32 comments:

BLEUBIRD said...

beautiful rachel! love her ruby red shoes. :) happy birthday RUBY!!!

Molly said...

Oh my goodness it looks so amazing! Inspiring as always Rachel!

margot said...

awwwwwwwwwwww! everything looks beautiful!

RachelDenbow said...

Thanks, ya'll!

beca said...

I am absolutely in love with the ribbons you made and old vintage ribbons in general! Everything looked beautiful, you're such a good Mom! She's a lucky little one year old!

Jazmyn Alexandria said...

Aww how fun and so pretty! :)

Little Sugar Monster

elise blaha said...

the photos of her on her tiptoes!! oh my. so cute.

Marie aka bettiescrapbook said...

Awww what a wonderful party! Ruby is so sweet! I miss you all! Aedens birthday is on the 4th so we were having a party this weekend too! :)

pinksuedeshoe said...

What a beautiful party for a darling little girl. Happy Birthday!

Gingiber said...

Rachel, you've done it again! Absolutely precious!

Kristen said...

You are amazing! I love your birthday themes! They are so original and so pretty! Happy Birthday Ruby :)

rosemaryx said...

so perfect and sweet!

AshleyAnn said...

This is such a fun and ORIGINAL party. You did a great job and I am confident she'll look back and know she was celebrated and loved!

emily said...

i love all the details! happy birthday to ruby :)

Carrie said...

WOW! Everything looks spectacular, she will treasure it all when she gets older. Great job!

Mandi said...

Oh my gosh, Rachel. I seriously got emotional when I read this. I hope so much some day to have a little girl to do things like this for.... and then you went and talked about saving her bib. And the red shoes that used to be yours. Oh, it was just too much! :)

diane said...

Happy Birthday Ruby! Such a cute cute party. I love that she wore shoes that were yours when you were little-love it!

Meg said...

her dress is too cute!! what a lovely, lovely party. ruby is one lucky little girl!

Chrissy said...

How cute everything was! Love her sweet outfit...especailly those cute feet in those cute red mary janes!

Erin said...

That party looks perfect. Every single touch. I myself am in the midst of planning my little ones 3rd birthday party. We're going Sugar Plum Fairy style (like the Nutcracker) since her birthday is so close to Christmas. This post is extra inspiring. Thank you.

Gussy said...

Rachel, you do such a great job capturing the moments! Love her shoes ~ along with everyone else :]

Sandy said...

You did great! Happy Birthday to Ruby, I can't believe she's already a yr. old. It does go by so fast.

Danielle said...

SO ADORABLE! I love all of this. Great job mama! <3 <3

Lexi said...

The decorations, the dress, the bib, the little red shoes, the GIRL--all so very perfect! Having 2 boys I can only imagine the fun decorating for a little girl's party!

AAlago said...

absolutely LOVE the vintage pony theme! And what a lovely little girl! What a magical first birthday for her:)

Stephanie said...

Ruby makes me smile!! She is simply precious!! You did an amazing job with her party...it looked amazing!

Kenoshia said...

How adorable! The decorations are so cute!

I love how you were able to pass on something to her from when you were little :)

jill said...

Just amazing!
LOVE those ribbons!

lynxymama said...

awwww so pretty! love the red shoes!

brlracincwgrl said...

I love the idea for the party! So pretty :)

sometimesyouneedthat said...

This is the cutest little birthday ever! I love the picture of her on her tippy toes.

The Coons Family said...

My daughter (two next month) has this same dress. I bought it when she was around 9 months and it is finally fitting. Looks adorable on your sweet girl! :)