Real Party: Cake & Ice Cream Birthday

I cannot thank you enough for all of the kind comments and emails I received on yesterday’s post.  I don’t normally share that much of my personal life with you.  So to those of you who shared stories of your furry friends – thank you.  It is truly comforting to know that many of you understand the unconditional love of a pet.  Now as promised, back to the sweet stuff.

Today’s Real Party stood out to me because you can see the love and the joy in this celebration.  It was more about celebrating with family than about staging a huge bash.  Sometimes I think we can get caught up in all of the party details – the perfectly symmetrical dessert table and the over-the-top cakes.  Sometimes it’s nice to step back and remember why we’re celebrating in the first place.  This charming first birthday party, hosted by Melody of Innove Events, takes us back to the days when birthdays were about cake, ice cream and family.

Vintage Balloon Birthday Party

Vintage Balloon Birthday Party

Here’s what Melody had to share about this adorable party for her daughter Reese:

“In lieu of a huge first birthday party, I decided to keep it really simple with just our immediate families and stuff that I thought my baby girl would enjoy- bright colors, big balloons, and cake! I was really inspired by an adorable vintage birthday card that depicted a baby resembling Reese. I thought of the old school parties that were simple- cake & ice cream. Of course, I still had fun styling it and creating a cohesive look, but ultimately we ended up with a simple, sweet, and colorful fun time. I hired my wedding photographer with the money I saved by not having a big bash to capture it all.”

Vintage Balloon Birthday Party

Vintage Ballon Birthday Party

I love that Melody kept the party small and therefore was able to hire a photographer to capture the day.  By now, the cake and ice cream are gone but they will forever have these gorgeous photographs.  And really, this party was still incredibly adorable.  Simple yet perfectly styled and just down right charming.  I would expect nothing less from Melody!  You should also check out her amazing Princess & Pirates Party that we featured last May.

A very special thank you to Melody for sharing this lovely first birthday party with us.  Wishing Reese many more beautiful birthdays to come!

Vendors & Credits:
Party Styling: Innove Events
Photography: Annie Hosfeld

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    Millie McCormick says

    Love, love the concept, looks like tons of fun, nothing more important then having the family together.

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    Love the overall colors! very colorful…:) The whole things look so great! And very true about having the family together. Nothing is more important than that!

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