Laelia’s First Birthday

Posted by Jesyka D'Itri Marés on 61 Comments

I can’t believe Laelia’s birthday was already a month ago! I feel like it was just yesterday that we were rushing all over the house and then all over town getting everything ready! I have to admit, I was pretty stressed out right before, and I had a pretty good cry right before we started to set everything up; I was over an hour later than I had wanted to be; I was already running late, and I had to get gas (for some reason, this is my least favorite chore), and then my the zipper on my dress broke on when I sat back down in the car. I should have known better; I was wearing a vintage dress that I had modified myself (à la new dress a day), but the zipper had already broke once, and I am probably 20lbs heavier than when I was when I originally modified the dress! So obvious huge sadface there… (but I will be revealing the dress on this site one day! With a NEW zipper! lol). There are a plethora of things that I wanted to do that didn’t happen. I forgot to order the paper straws, I left my freshly painted ornate frame at home (so much for lucky number 13 on my inspiration board!), and I didn’t have all the candy prepared for the candy jars…

Tyler left earlier than I did because 1) we couldn’t fit everything into one car 2) I needed to finish some stuff up and 3) he was going to make a claim on the spot we picked out weeks before. It was probably the first amazing day we’ve seen in a while in Los Angeles, so Griffith Park was packed! We didn’t get our spot but we got this little cove that I  was secretly hoping we would get, despite the lack of easy access to bathrooms. (I even think it  would be a magical place to get married). We had a medium size helium tank, and we ran out of helium before we finished blowing up all of our balloons! We had 3 left over 36″ balloons, and the entire bag of 12″ balloons… We were still setting up when our first guests arrived, but everyone was happy to help! We quickly forgot all of our early setbacks as things started to get going. :)

My awesome brother Nick and his awesome girlfriend Katie volunteered to pick up the cake from Porto’s in Glendale. If you live in the area and haven’t ever been there, please do yourself a favor and make the trip. Everything there is muy delicioso and they have such great prices! We ordered the chocolate parisian cake for the lower tier, and the white cake with strawberry cream filling for the top tier. The white cake was specifically for Laelia, and whatever other (freaky) people out there who don’t like chocolate… My awesome mom brought some homemade guac and deviled eggs and watermelon and all sorts of other goodies, and my cousin-in-law Becky (of the nature shower invites) somehow managed to cook up some tri tip, with 4 kids under four (including her newborn twins!), and a sick husband! I’m sure her teenaged daughter Marin helped a little though (she is sling riding in a photo below).  Katie and my bestie helped me and Tyler put together the pinwheels and the tissue garland the night before… And of course Andy came through with some AMAZING photographs to capture it all (if you’d like to see more, check them out on flickr)! Laelia’s birthday wouldn’t have happened with out these people!

We are so grateful for our friends and family that came together to help us celebrate Laelia’s first year of life. Love you all! xoxo

Other posts regarding Laelia’s First Birthday:
(2/09/11) 1st Birthday Fete – location, location location!
- (2/21/11) First Birthday Inspiration Board
- (2/28/11) A Name for a Chair
(3/38/11) Pinwheels and Balloons

- (4/06/11) High Chair Reveal
- (4/21/11) Pinwheel and Balloon Invitations
- (4/22/11) A Laelia Outfit #4: Birthday Dress

- (4/28/11) Pinwheel Tutorial: Materials
- (4/29/11) Jesyka’s Pinwheel Tutorial
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f you like Laelia’s first birthday, please check out Laelia’s Second Birthday!

*All photos (except the group photo with the large balloons) were taken by Andy Richards of Inkoeht Design*

 

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  1. Kathy Wright says:

    L.O.V.E this!!! The exact party colors I’m doing for my daughter who turns one this month!!! Where did you find the goodie bags???
    Thanks!!!

  2. Joy says:

    I had a question if you don’t mind me asking… but what size helium tank do you recommend? I love the big balloons and was thinking of renting a tank but don’t know if its worth it? You said that you ran out so was wondering if you rented one or got the ones from party city. Thanks for your input and any advice you can give. I just love the look of this party. well done.

  3. We rented a medium tank from Party City. Since this point, they have raised their prices and they rent tanks in farrr fewer locations and they do not do reservations anymore! We recently bought a tank, despite my grumblings about waste and recycling, for my husband’s 30th birthday. We have yet to dispose of it, although it was much more “convenient” than calling all the party cities in a 10 mile radius first thing in the morning to see if they even had them in. However you go about it, you will need at least a medium tank, but probably a large one to fill 15 three foot balloons! :)

  4. JZ says:

    I know it’s a year later…but where did you buy the 36″ balloons?! I must have some for my daughter’s 2nd birthday next month. Your party inspired me to do a pinwheel theme!

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