We’ve got the most adorable Storybook theme 1st birthday party to share with you. And what makes this feature even more exciting for us is that we shared the wedding of the parents, Lauren and Anthony, in MunaLuchi Bride Magazine and website many years ago. Full circle moment! Here’s Lauren and Anthony “back in the day.” They are such a stunning couple!
Today, they are proud parents of a beautiful girl named Aviana. When it came time to celebrate her 1st birthday, they called on Event Planner Kamesha of Ava Loren Design to pull out all the bells and whistles for their little princess. Kamesha styled and produced a Storybook themed birthday party at the couples Memphis home.
Every detail tied in perfectly with the theme, including a storybook backdrop, custom illustrations of Aviana by Storybook Artist Bev Johnson of @beverlylove, customized napkins, and a storytime read from a very special guest, Princess Aviana’s “Fairy Godmother.” View the photos and read below for more details from the party.
Date and location (city) of Party:
February 9, 2019 | Memphis, Tennessee
Was this your first time working with this client?
No, the Price Family are dear friends from High School so it was an honor to celebrate this milestone with them.
What other events have you planned/designed for them?
I also designed the Couple’s Baby Shower in the Winter of 2018.
More details from the planner…
“For their precious daughter’s first birthday, Anthony and Lauren selected a most befitting theme to capture their enchanted first year of parenthood, “Once Upon A Time”!
This Storybook First Birthday Celebration for their Princess, Little Miss Aviana Gem, was one my heart was overjoyed to design and lavish with darling details; especially having designed the Couple’s Baby Shower the Winter prior. It presented a proper design challenge – to fill their home, i.e. Price Palace, a second time for many of the same guests with a new level of curated visual wonder and delight. The aesthetic focus for the celebration centered around a chic, feminine and whimsical expression accomplished through layered shades of Pink and Blush with Champagne and Rose Gold metallic, a bountiful Dessert Display Table, and a visually stunning Celebration Backdrop for joyfully hosting the occasion in the beauty of their home.
These key elements were enhanced with the finest finishing touches; lush fresh florals, couture custom cookies and sweets, detectable mini fare including Angus Beef Sliders and French Fry Shooters, classic storybook favors for each little one, a buoyant organic Balloon Garland to frame the Dessert Display Table and the statement visual focal point for the occasion – a “Floral and Fables” Celebration Backdrop that featured a wall of moss layered novels and fragrant fresh florals and foliage.
As a surprise to the Royal Family, I sought out Storybook Artist Bev Johnson of @beverlylove and commissioned her to create character illustrations of adorable Princess Aviana and sweet moments in the family’s storied first year. With these illustrations, I created coloring pages for both the littles and “young at heart” to enjoy and an oversized framed piece for accenting the Dessert Display. The ultimate highlight of the celebration was a storytime read from a very special guest, Princess Aviana’s “Fairy Godmother”! This enchanting moment was sealed with a gift presentation for the Princess and followed with photo ops before she magically disappeared.
This joyous day was filled with so many precious moments but nothing was more beautiful than to witness the love of this Royal Family in celebration of such a tremendous milestone; an honor I will always cherish for years to come.”
- Celebration Designer: Ava Loren Design
- Floral Artistry: Ava Loren Design
- Photography and Videography: Christian Brooks Photography
- Photography: Mario Walker Photography
- Balloon Artistry: Events Beyond Imaginations
- Bakery: 17 Berkshire
- Catering: Ladyfingers Catering Company
- Couture Cookie Artist: Tiny Owls Cookie Studio
- Fairy Godmother: Elizabeth’s Dream
- Character Renderings: Beverly Love
- Birthday Girl’s Attire: Toddlers Tailor
- Cocktail Napkins: GB Design House
- Paper Straw Flags, Favor Tags and Event Signage: Ava Loren Design