Friday, 3 July 2015

Baby's First Birthday Party: Blue Printed Maxi Dress

A couple of weeks ago, baby T turned 1! I shared some photos on instagram but a few people have been asking for a blog post, so along with what I wore I'm sharing some pictures and answering a few questions people had.


What I wore:

Away From Blue blog baby's first birthday party mummy outfit printed maxi dress
Dress: Jeanswest 'Chantelle' crochet detail blue printed maxi dress
Bracelets: the usual plus silver charm bracelet and House of Harlow sunburst wrap bracelet in cobalt

Why I wore it:

This is what I wore for baby T's first birthday party. The same formula I wore when we were guests at other first birthday parties - maxi dresses are perfect for so many occasions! I quickly took this photo about 5 minutes before the guests arrived, after everything was set up and the last of the food was in the oven cooking. As we had the party at home, I stayed home all day, setting up before the party, having the party and then cleaning up afterwards. So I just wore some cosy blue socks! No shoes, no bag. I did try do some eye makeup for the occasion following a tip I'd picked up at a Clinique counter a few weeks before.

Away From Blue blog First Birthday Party simple spread Baby T


There wasn't really a 'theme' for the birthday party, everyone kept asking if there was one. Blue is a theme right?! We had everything blue, including the cupcakes! I did spend some time considering buying a blue wig to wear too, but DH told me that was going a bit too far!

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Most of our decorations were pictures of baby. As well as buying up every kind of blue birthday decoration at the local dollar store (also Kmart has a huge range!), every wall and door had some kind of photo theme going on. Some of the photos, like the wall of Cooper and baby T photos, we've left up after the party as they make us smile. Others we had printed out to give away to the guests with the photo holders in party bags alongside some lollies at the end of the day.


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We had made plenty of floor space for everyone to sit down and play with baby, but that floor space was quickly filled up with all the gifts people generously brought. We asked people to fill in a 'birthday wishes' card so there was no pressure with gifts. It's hard not to go all out with gifts for a first birthday though!

It took more effort than I expected to plan and host a first birthday party, but it was worth it in the end. We just had finger food (pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches, fruit kebabs, cupcakes) so that all the prep was done up front. Once the food was served people could help themselves and I could concentrate on enjoying the day with friends and family and sharing stories about baby's first year. I'd filled out the baby books we got as baby shower gifts, so people were flicking through them during the party when they were letting others cuddle baby. We did the cake smash photos at the end of the day too.


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It was wonderful spending the day surrounded by family and friends celebrating baby T's first birthday. He got lots of gifts and we had a lot of fun, but the absolute highlight of the day for me was when I had run upstairs to grab something after our first lot of guests arrived, and another group of people arrived. I looked down and saw baby's confused but happy face as the room filled up with even more people he knows and loves. The look on his face just made my entire day. Although he's a little too young to understand the concept of birthday parties, he has spent his first year getting to know and love his friends and family and he enjoyed having them all come together just to fuss over him. It's moments and days like these that are the best part of being a mum.

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Last wornblue printed maxi dress.

Other ways to wearblue printed maxi dress in summer.




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56 comments:

  1. Beautiful look! And great 1st birthday party!! XXX
    www.travelera.es

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  2. Aww ur son is adorable and lovely birthday party and u r looking beautiful.
    My blog: RumelaTheShopaholic

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  3. Happy 1st birthday to baby T once again. Looks like his party was a success. What a cutie!! You look great too. Love the blue-patterned maxi you chose, Mica. =)

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  4. Aww.. looks like your baby really have so much fun :)
    And it seems like your maxi dress just matches what's on the pary itself, like the cake and decoration.. You look good, aren't you the star of the party for looking great like that?

    xoxo
    Jhem | JhemSays.com

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    1. haha thank you - it was planned to fit in with the blue theme ;)

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  5. I love this maxi dress on you, especially the print! Looks like a fun party too :)

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  6. Aww, it looks like Baby T had an incredible time on his birthday! Happy Birthday to him! <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. Thank you, he had a lovely birthday :)

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  7. Awww, so much fun!! And you look beautiful!
    P.S. How was I not following oyu on instagram! Following now, haha
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  8. Congrats with the first birthday! It's unforgettable day, I know :) Babies are so interesting in this age!

    And of course I love your dress!

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    1. Happy belated birthday, Baby T! Looks and sounds like it was memorable, Mica! You've done the best job a mother could do for her baby! Everything was made with love and so many adorable details and yummy food! Well done, darling, well done!! It was all worth it! <3 Happy Sunday, sweetheart!!

      xoxo Ira
      JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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    2. Aww thank you dear Ira! It was definitely worth all the work, I could just sit back and relax and enjoy the day! :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing these precious photos from Baby T's first BD party! I have seen some of them already on IG but it's so nice to read about your way of describing the event :)

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    1. hehe yep I took the easy way out and just embedded instagram pics in the post ;) Quicker than resizing and cropping photos down for the blog!

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  10. Beautiful. I had a 'Where the wild things are' themed first birthday for our first son and now I am planning our second son's first birthday, I thought that it would be a good idea to also pick a book theme. I am thinking 'Where is the green sheep?'.

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    1. They sound like wonderful themes, you really could have a lot of fun with them! Green sheep is a favourite book here too, baby loves it!

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  11. Belated happy first birthday, Baby T!!!

    Lovely dress too, Mica.

    SSG xxx

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  12. How cute! It looks like it was a lovely party for Baby T. Your dress is lovely, I think the colour looks great on you. <3
    Vivid Impressions

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  13. Awe your baby is ADORABLE! I remember when my kid turned 1 it was so exciting. I love the theme blue, simple but so cute. It looks like he had a great time, which is wonderful! They grow up so fast don't they?

    RedLip&Love

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  14. happy birthday to baby T! i love all the picture decorations and you look gorgeous in blue!

    cute & little

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  15. It looks like one is fun! I love the idea of the photos and lolly bags, what a wonderful momento of the day and baby's first year! High five on the colour co-ordination!

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    1. Made it so easy just having a colour for a theme, haha! :)

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  16. Awww, happy first birthday Baby T! Sounds like he had a great day, and I'm sure everyone at the party did. Love all your photo decorations, that is such a great idea!
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  17. This is so precious! I just went to a one year old's birthday last weekend. Such a fun time + and you look gorgeous in blue!

    I'm blogging about similar things, check it out and let me know what you think: www.kellmenow.com

    XO
    K

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  18. cool birthday party!

    - Mariah-Ruthel
    http://mariahruthel.blogspot.ca

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  19. Looks lovely!

    xo,

    Emma
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  20. pretty dress!


    xo
    Jess | wildvagabondss.blogspot.com

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  21. I cannot believe he is already one?! The party looks like it was great. Love your blue dress.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  22. Happy birthday, baby T! The party looked like absolute fun! This is making me want to have a baby now. :D

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

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    1. haha it's a lot more than just birthday parties! :P Lots of fun though :)

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  23. Love your dress and that necklace is amazing! You threw an amazing party for the little one and blue is totally a theme, I would have loved if you bought a blue wig haha!

    www.lastylenysmile.blogspot.com

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    1. It would have been fun! Maybe for his second birthday ;)

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  24. Aw happy birthday to your sweet little one! I love the outfit, I am such a House of Harlow fan.

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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  25. Happy birthday to sweet Baby T! You looked lovely for this momentous event. That blue dress is fabulous! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  26. Looks like a great party! They are a lot of work but totally worth it. I love your photo decorations too! Great idea especially if you either don't share a lot of personal pics on social media or you have guests that don't use it. You looked great as well and I'm dying to know what the Clinique tip was!!

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    1. Yeah I haven't been sharing pics on social media a lot of baby, so it's always good to give people photos, as often you have to reduce the size when you email them.

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  27. So sweet! Happy 1st Birthday to Baby T. Such a special day.

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  28. Happy Birthday to the little one! They will grow up so fast...
    I like your blue dress!

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  29. Aww, yay for a first birthday party! (And of course bittersweet tears as well.) I like the blue theme for Baby T - I think using a color as a theme is a great way to tie everything together without going too crazy with a theme! And that dress you wore is perfect!

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    1. Thanks! It was definitely more sweet than bittersweet, it's great to see him growing! :)

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  30. I remember seeing these on Instagram! Isn't it so unfair how fast they are growing up??? It's good though too of course. Love your outfit choice. Simple, movable and perfect for chasing a one year old!

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    1. Maxi dresses can do no wrong I think! :P

      They do grow up so fast!

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  31. As I said in instagram… blue IS your colour Mica - what a great choice.
    Looks like baby T and the gang had a good time.

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    1. Thanks Lorena :) It's one of those colours I love to wear too!

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  32. Happy Birthday to your boy! That dress looks great on you too! Thanks for linking up to Flashback Fashion Fridays!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  33. He had a blast Mica! Such a good time. I love how you decorated and everyone felt at home. Love seeing Cooper in the pic. HaHa
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Poor Cooper hasn't been in a lot of pics lately! He's usually trying to catch up on his naps, having a chatty baby means he doesn't get his sleep as much as he used to, haha!

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  34. Happy Birthday to sweet baby T! Oh, Mica...you look beautiful and what a lovely and fun party you organized! He is as darling as can be, and I wish you all many happy blessings...
    xoxo
    - Irina

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  35. tha dress is so beautiful :) Love it! The decoration is sweet *_*

    http://lovelyattitude.com

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  36. Looks like a fun party! You look great in that blue maxi dress. I especially love your House of Harlow necklace! I'm so obsessed with their jewelry line. It's such a distinct style!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

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  37. Thank you all for your kind comments and happy birthday wishes for baby T! It was a lovely party :)

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  38. Hi there. Stopping by from Modest mommy bloghop. I love your outfit, especially the necklace. And you had everything blue, so I belive Blue is a party theme :) lots of best wishes to the little one on 1st birthday.

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