real parties: a very special first birthday

Hello loyal readers... I’m back from vacation and you’ll be happy to hear that I got my winter wonderland after all. I’ve seen plenty of snow in my day, but this may be the first time I’ve ever seen a fresh snowfall and watched the landscape move from barren to a blanket of white. Just gorgeous! Now that I’m back in the swing of things, I thought I’d bring you a real party today because tomorrow I have a special treat... Birthday Girl’s first guest post, courtesy of Laura from Under the Sheets- shhh.

I’m so touched to share today’s first birthday party, created by Sarah for her son Sullivan. As you can see from the pictures, she’s an incredible photographer and talented party planner, but that’s the least of why this party was something to celebrate. Sully had a rough beginning and spent the first 25 days of his life in the NICU. Sarah used his first birthday party as a chance to thank all of the people that helped make his life possible... from the families that helped in their time of need, to the doctors and nurses who saved his life at the hospital. She really went all out, and the details are just beautiful, aren’t they? I love that she created a make your own trail mix station for kids and adults... a great alternative to the candy buffet. And the banner of photos from each month of Sully's life was the perfect way to commemorate such an important year.

{images via this little light}

If you’d like to submit an original birthday party for consideration, e-mail me at birthdaygirlblog{at} (And remember, it's not all about the kids... parties thrown for friends & family are just as much fun to feature!)


  1. such a sweet party! i love the name sullivan!

  2. Welcome back. What a cute little man he is! Great party ideas too.

  3. What a great party!! And the photos are great too!! Glad you got your winter wonderland!! I hope all is well. xo

  4. Definately a cause to celebrate! What a cute littel guy and fantastic decor!

  5. I love this party! What a talented mama!

  6. such a gorgeous party!! I'm so impressed by everything Sarah did!

    Heather : )

    (my tags are shown on Sarah's wreath!) : )