We are beyond grateful for all of the design challenges and experiences that have come our way this month, especially in regards to one particular project we are working on. Today, we continue to show you five favorites (This time, in honor of Ava’s upcoming 5th birthday, from Ava’s 1st birthday until now). We are proud of the themes we have come up with, the decor we have created, and the overall party experiences. We are excited to share this story with you, let you in on a few sneak peeks of what we have in the works for this year’s festivities, share photos of the birthday girl over the last five years, and highlight a few vendors that deserve recognition. Enjoy!

#1: This beautiful butterfly garden! To celebrate this special girl’s first birthday, we needed to come up with a very special theme. We wanted the decor to have an overall soft nature and be a bit boho in style and therefore came up with the idea of creating a butterfly garden (as seen on our previous post, Ava’s 1st Birthday Party). Plus, butterflies played a big part in Lauren’s first pregnancy, her baby shower, and Ava’s nursery too. It was a beautiful day made even more beautiful by all of the friends and family that came to celebrate with Ava and her family. What were the highlights? This gorgeous scene of cascading tissue paper flowers, a banner of photos from each of Ava’s 12 months, a delicious catered lunch from Lemonade, a candy buffet with some snacks for the babies, and Ava getting her first chance to smash and eat cake!


#2: These things: ice cream, swimming, and the color lavender! For her second birthday, Lauren wanted to honor the start of Summer (as seen on our previous post, Ava’s 2nd Birthday Party) and planned a theme that included many of the things that Ava loved at the time. She encouraged all of Ava’s friends to come wearing a swimsuit and set up a play pool and water slide for their enjoyment and a bounce house too! Other highlights include the lavender, white, and yellow color scheme, the mason jar sippy cup take home gifts, the beautiful custom ice cream cone cake, and we all screamed for Pinkberry as they scooped our ice cream and favorite toppings!

#3: This famous mouse! Two years ago, Lauren and Scott decided to take Ava to the “Happiest Place on Earth” as her big birthday present. However, they still wanted to be able to celebrate her with a few friends and family in the comfort of their own home. It was Ava’s chance to finally pick her own party theme, and it was no surprise to anybody when she chose to go with her two favorite things … Minnie Mouse and the color pink! As we mentioned, it was a small gathering but still really nice (as seen on our previous post, A 3rd Birthday Celebration) with lots of Minnie inspired treats, gift bags, and even the large bow that Ava wore on her head. When Ava finally got to meet the famous mouse herself, she ran right up to her with a huge hug and we all knew that this was the best birthday present ever!

#4: This fabulous theme! Last year, once again, Ava chose her birthday party theme, and she certainly did not disappoint (as seen on our previous post, Dream Big Princess 4th Birthday Party). So many girls choose to have princess parties, but how many choose a theme of empowerment like the “Dream Big Princess” campaign? Ava even helped to set up this gorgeous head table and waited patiently for all of her guests to arrive. What were the highlights? Gold lace crowns for each of the girls to wear, lunch provided by California Pizza Kitchen, a “Princess Ava” cake topper, and a very special guest (Ava’s favorite princess, Belle). 

#5: This big girl! We can’t believe this amazing girl is turning five in less than a month. There is a lot to do for her upcoming LOL themed party but she is helping us every step of the way! Stay tuned to see how it turns out.

We plan to share our “Favorite Five” for the month of June on the 29th, and of course will be sharing what’s inspiring us for the month ahead on the first Friday of the month. See ya soon!


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