Baby Audrey’s French Baby Shower

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There must be something in Grenada water because it’s baby season for (practically) all my Grenada friends! Grenada’s become a very special place for Yunah and Jin because not only did they get married there, but they’ll soon be bringing back their baby girl Audrey to her new home in Grenada.

Some friends and I thought it would be fun to throw Yunah a French themed baby shower since Jin and Yunah just had their honeymoon in Paris this past summer. We went with a simple pink and black theme and threw in some polka dots and stripes for some extra Parisian flair. :)

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We kept the menu simple with French foods like cheese and grapes, croissants, lavender lemonade, and vegetable crudites.

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And for dessert, we had creme brulee cupcakes! So yummy.

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We played a fun memory game and had a friendship flag activity to help decorate baby Audrey’s nursery.

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Congrats on your baby girl, Yunah! We can’t wait to meet sweet Audrey.

Elijah’s Red Balloon Birthday Party

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I was so lucky to be able to celebrate my nephew Elijah’s first birthday with him this past weekend in his new Beijing home. My sister is a major francophile – she lived there for a year, fell in love with her husband there, and just returned there for the first time this past spring with Elijah! How appropriate it is that the inspiration for Elijah’s first birthday party came from the classic French film, The Red Balloon.

The Red Balloon is a charming film about a little boy in Paris who befriends a red balloon. Together, he and the balloon wander through the neighborhoods of Paris, making new friends and getting into trouble.

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The concept for the party began with the invitations, which features a red balloon and string floating around Paris, outlining the city as it floats across. I thought it would be so fun to run with this string idea and turn it into a 2D/3D effect by “drawing” on the walls with black tape to create our own little Paris in Beijing. I added a little cafe, complete with table, chairs, and a lamppost. :)

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Can’t have a French party without berets!

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The Red Balloon birthday party | Lavender's Blue Designs

My sister handled most of the food preparations and cooked up some scrumptious French foods for our birthday brunch, including quiche lorraine, croque monsieurs, French toast, and an onion tart. Read more about the food details and recipes here.

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The Red Balloon birthday party | Lavender's Blue Designs

The Red Balloon birthday party | Lavender's Blue Designs

Our drink bar featured Vietnamese coffee and a DIY mimosa station.

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The Red Balloon birthday party | Lavender's Blue Designs

The Red Balloon birthday party | Lavender's Blue Designs

Since we didn’t have a red egg party for Elijah when he turned one month, we thought it would be meaningful to have them for his one year birthday.

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The Red Balloon birthday party | Lavender's Blue Designs

The Red Balloon birthday party | Lavender's Blue Designs

Sour cream chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Elijah approves!

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C’est magnifique!

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Nice to meet you!

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The Red Balloon birthday party | Lavender's Blue Designs

The Red Balloon birthday party | Lavender's Blue Designs

A teddy bears’ picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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Say cheese!

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And I’ll leave you with this awesome pic of Elijah. I can just hear him saying, “Oui, oui, oui, hon, hon, hon.” What a ham!

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The Big One: Elijah’s Red Balloon Birthday Invitation

Somebody’s favorite nephew is turning one! For Elijah’s first birthday, my sister thought it would be fun to have a Red Balloon-themed birthday party in honor of the popular children’s movie/book and to pay tribute to Elijah’s recent trip to Paris. He’s quite the little globetrotter, that little Smush (my favorite nickname for him!).

For the invitations, I decided to use the string of the balloon as loose inspiration for the overall look of the card. The string “floats” around Paris, outlining several major monuments (a la Harold and the Purple Crayon) and finally floating to their new home in Beijing.

Edit: Here’s how the party turned out!

 

 

Edit: Click here to see pictures and details from the party!

DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Felt Book + Free Printable

I promised you a free printable from Emmett’s Very Hungry Caterpillar party, so here it is! If you’re looking to make your own Very Hungry Caterpillar felt book like Emmett’s, I’ve got just the thing for you. I think this would make a perfect gift for a young child or even a teacher. You could even enlarge all the pieces and use it in the classroom with a felt board. You can use any felt, but I like to use wool felt blends because the quality of the felt is higher and it comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors. I purchased mine here (if you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a discount code too).

Materials:
different colored felt
Very Hungry Caterpillar printout (at the end of this post)
scissors
pins
glue

Go ahead and cut out each object, leaving a generous amount of space around the outline. Next, pin it to the appropriate colored felt.

After that, simply cut out the felt pieces along the lines and then remove the pins and discard the paper. At this point, several of the pieces will already be done! A few of the more complicated pieces may need to be glued together, either with white glue, fabric glue, or a few dots of hot glue.

For the actual felt book, I bought some grey felt by the yard at the fabric store, and then cut them down to size. I sewed them down the middle to hold the pieces together, and that was it!

Here’s a look at each of the pages:

1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries, and 5 oranges

cupcake, ice cream cone, pie, watermelon, lollipop, cake, cheese, salami, pickle, sausage

1 green leaf, the cocoon, and the final butterfly

See Emmett’s Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday party here and invitations here.

 

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

In addition to the invitations, I also helped out with some of the decorations for Emmett’s first birthday party. Chau found a local baker who did such a fabulous job with the beautiful cake, smash cake, and the cutest cupcakes ever! Chau and her sister also worked really hard to put all the extra details together, and her mom and extended family made tons of homemade Vietnamese food that was so delicious! Let me say, this family knows how to throw a party! And I have to mention that Chau and Quoc have a gorgeous home that is just perfect for throwing parties. :)

 

For Emmett’s birthday present, I decided to make him a felt version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar that included felt pieces of all the fruits and junk foods that the caterpillar ate. I’ll share more details and a printable DIY in a follow-up post. :) *Edit: Find the printable here!

the birthday boy!

Pin the caterpillar on the apple! 

Photography by Julie Wan

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Invitation

I’ve been meaning to share with you these fun invitations I made for Emmett’s first birthday party several months back. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of Emmett’s favorite books, so his mom Chau decided this would be a perfect theme for the invitations and the party! Chau mentioned that Emmett loves to stick his fingers through all the little holes in the book, so I did my best to incorporate that into the invitation as well.

I decided to play along with the counting aspect of the book, so each phrase had a number that matched  the amount of fruit the caterpillar munched through each day.

I also helped out with some of the decorations for the party, but I’ll talk about the party in a different post because there were so many gorgeous details that I want to share with you. :)

*Edit: See Emmett’s birthday party here and find a free printable for a Very Hungry Caterpillar felt book here.

The Story of Elijah

With all of my sister’s close friends and family living in various places across the country, it became very hard for us to throw her a traditional baby shower. Billy and I decided instead to invite Julie’s friends and family to participate in a virtual baby shower activity.

Julie and Billy chose the name Elijah for their baby boy because of how meaningful the story has been in their life and because they hope their son will have as intimate a relationship with God as the prophet Elijah did.  So Billy took the biblical account of Elijah and rewrote it into a kid’s story.

Each person was assigned a line from the story and asked to re-copy the phrase in their own handwriting and to draw a quick doodle to illustrate it.  After collecting all of the handwritten phrases and doodles, I scanned them all into the computer and tried to tie all the illustrations together by coloring similar elements the same color (note Elijah’s blue jeans in certain illustrations and blue robes in another! :)).

I love how each person interpreted their lines differently and drew Elijah in slightly different ways. I think it’s a beautiful reminder that baby Elijah, and Julie and Billy, have a wonderful community of people who all love them very much.

 

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