Written by: Tami

I honestly can’t tell you how much I have missed events! If you are someone who loves to entertain, or just loves to attend parties, or even loves to be busy on the weekends … You probably know what I mean! Start of Summer, events are back and back in a big way! It’s almost like people are nervous everything will shut down again. That’s how back they are, and I can’t be happier to be back in my happy place of planning. Most importantly though, the down time Lauren and I got (if we can call it that as we were miraculously busy all through Covid with our interiors side), was a perfect time for us to reimagine the events side of our business for how it will be moving forward.

When working with event clients, I can take on many roles. Some clients like to show up at their event as a guest knowing next to nothing about what went into the planning process or what their event will be, and I get to act as “full service party planner” setting into motion every detail from soup to nuts. Other clients love the process and love to create too! We work collaboratively together and I usually will take off their plate whatever it is that is most stressful to them (setting up day of, securing vendors, and even imagining the overall look). This was that type of event … “a first celebration” for our client’s daughter Zoya, the first major event of many in 2021 for Side by Side, and a true collaboration between myself and our client Misbah who loves the details just as much as we do!

I forgot to mention one very important detail … This is a first time event client for us, but Lauren has been working with this awesome family on the interiors side for a while to create gorgeous spaces in their home! More on that hopefully soon! We are dying to share photos from this special interior project!

The most important part of planning a first birthday, is coming up with a theme! Zoya and her mama love rainbows and cool color palettes. Therefore, a rainbow theme with a non-traditional color scheme was in order. These monochromatic balloon rainbows by Confetti and Sprinkles popped so cute on the family’s blue double doors. 

Like I mentioned, this process was very collaborative! While Lauren and I were in the back setting up a magical space for Zoya and her friends and family to enjoy her first birthday, one of her mom’s sisters wrote out this adorable sign to welcome all of their guests. 

Who doesn’t love a fabulous garland of matte balloons? This one also by Confetti and Sprinkles did not disappoint! In fact, this hardworking mama is a new vendor for us in 2021, and one we hope to work with on many many events in the years to come! 

The balloons and this cool architectural wall that lives in this space, were the perfect backdrop to Zoya’s desserts display! 

We added rose gold paper goods and serving ware, these adorable fringed rainbow napkins, a few framed photos of the birthday girl, and a burlap runner to tie it all together.

This cake from Vanilla Bake Shop was as delicious as it was beautiful. We love it’s simplicity with Zoya’s custom cake topper and first birthday candle on top.

Homemade sprinkled cupcakes are always fun too! I am definitely noticing a trend in individual desserts in 2021 … Gotta continue to keep us all germ free now that we are back together!

This decorative teepee by Heartcraft Girl was the perfect photo op spot …

… and we decorated one rented highchair for a very special one year old!

The kid’s table was set ready for them to enjoy their lunch with more rose gold, rainbows, a burlap runner, and a really cute crown for Zoya to wear. 

My mouth is literally watering just looking at this spread from our absolute favorite taco lady! 

Mmmm … Right? I am pretty sure everyone went back for seconds!

As Zoya has a big brother, it was very important to make sure he and his friends were entertained. Their mom arranged for a fun music class to take place in their living room and a rainbow craft was enjoyed by all!

As Zoya blew out her first birthday candle, she was surrounded by so much love from family and friends! We loved getting to be a part of this very special day!

You didn’t think her guests would leave empty handed, did you? Our signature in a BOX Minis filled with rainbow inspired goodies were the perfect parting gift. 

Each one was tied off with a bit of burlap string and a cute tag in our signature look. 

One major thing to consider when planning a first birthday party … Do a smash cake photo session ahead of time in order to display the photos on party day! What a great idea, Misbah! BTW these gorgeous photos (and all of the ones from the party as well) were taken by photographer Dewey Tann.

We cannot thank our client, Misbah, enough for trusting us to help bring her vision for her daughter’s first birthday to life. We know this is the first of many celebrations for this family that we can’t wait to be a part of! Happy 1st birthday Zoya! 


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