There are few things that I love more than planning my kids’ birthday parties. It is truly so much fun to me. All-out birthday celebrations are something special that I get to do for them; the love, energy, and effort that I put into making every detail perfect is my gift to them. One day, when they look back at pictures of their parties, they will hopefully be able to feel the heart and soul that went into making these milestones memorable. My sweet babies are only young once, and each stage is worthy of a blowout bash!
This year, I planned a combined party for my youngest son, Bradley (turning 3), and my only daughter, Anna Blair (turning 1). A lot of life changes were also taking place for us around their birthdays, and I knew that it would be too much on me to plan two separate parties just a couple of weeks apart. We actually moved to a new home a few days after the party; therefore, this party took on a special importance to me because I knew that it would be the “last hurrah” in our home before we moved.
Since Anna Blair was called “Pretty Pretty Princess” from the second she was born (she does have two older brothers, after all!), I decided to work around that nickname and settled on the princess and knight theme. I had the best time brainstorming creative ways to bring the Royal Birthday Bash to life with the personal motto in mind that “love is in the details.” I am so grateful to the people who helped me realize my vision and will give special mention to each of them below.
All good parties start with a great invitation! For this and the other printed materials (such as the party favor tags, food labels, and envelopes in which the invitations were mailed), I collaborated with my best friend and graphic designer, Anna, of Anna Hatcher Design. Anna is incredibly creative and helped me execute every aspect of the party; I am so thankful that she could come all the way from California to be there!!!
Not everything has to look perfect, professional, and purchased; in fact, I actually prefer incorporating mom-made aspects into each party that I give. For example, I drew the prince and the princess for the invitation because I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. I wanted the prince and princess to take on a sweet, storybook quality, so I decided to design them myself. Anna was able to scan in my drawing and resize the characters for use in the invitation and other print materials. She’s seriously SO talented!!!
Anna also made these precious party favor tags for the costumes that I ordered from Amazon (They are hyperlinked below at the end of the blog post!).
These menu tags really brought the food table to life! (Picture them folded in half so that they stand up like a little tent).
Fruit (“The Crown Jewels”), Uncrustables Sandwiches (“Knight Shields”), Bugles Chips (“Dragon Claws”), Hummus (“Dignified Dip”), Chicken Nuggets (“Royal Nuggets”), Cookies (“Charming Treats”), and Veggie Sticks (“Spears and Swords”)
I am really lucky that my precious, handsome brother, Chance, agreed to be our Knight in Shining Armor. There are few people in the world who are as special to my kids as Uncle Chance is, so it was genuinely a treat having him visit from Louisiana to be a part of this family milestone. I also greatly appreciate that his girlfriend, Anne (who I adore!) came from Auburn University to be Chance’s Princess. The children LOVED seeing Chance and Anne dressed up, and they were so great with the all of the kids. Can you imagine being a little boy or little girl and seeing a real knight and princess walking in your midst?! They helped make this a magical occasion for Bradley, Anna Blair, and all of their friends.
I also have to give my mom a shout out because I am so grateful to her help. I had so much on my plate trying to process and pack for the move and she helped me pull all the finishing touches together. I could not have held it all together and gotten it all done without her help!
Below are details of the entrance to the Boyd Castle. Here is another example of an opportunity that I took to hand-design and execute the decor of the party. I was so tickled with how cute it all turned out!
Julia Child famously said, “A party without cake is just a meeting.”
Thank you to Christie from Sweet Chloe’s for making all of my cake dreams come true. Just look at the meticulous attention to detail in the font on the writing above the castle doors and on the wood texture of the doors themselves!—just incredible. This is my 9th Birthday cake order from Christie. Not only are her cakes beautiful but they taste AMAZING!
These cookies are such eye candy as well! They truly are edible works of art, and they are as delicious as they are gorgeous. Thank you, Lynn at Razzle Dazzle Cookies! I genuinely cannot host an event without these cookies! If you live in the Atlanta area you must order from Lynn. She is adorable and crazy talented!
I wanted the table decorations to be whimsical and in keeping with my storybook vibe. Fresh flowers always add the perfect touch to any tablescape! But what really makes me smile is watching that table fill with children during the party and hearing their musical laughter and happiness filling the air.
Lastly, I have to give special mention to my big 5-year-old, Brooks, who valiantly kept watch over Prince Bradley and Princess Anna Blair as they shared the spotlight for the day. He had a blast participating in the festivities and proudly celebrating his little brother and baby sister.
Below you can shop our looks from the party and find hyperlinked images to the various vendors who helped make the details come together.
My Party Outfit
Anna Blair’s Party Outfit
Bradley’s and Brooks’s Party Outfits
Party Favor Details
Party Decor Items