We’re published on Style Me Pretty! | Raleigh and Destination Wedding Photographer

I am SO over the moon to announce that we have been published on Style Me Pretty! I’ve never before submitted work to SMP, as I know it’s incredibly difficult to get published. Yeah I know, totally not cool, Brandi, believeeee in yourself! Well, we’re published!! With the help of the absolutely fabulous and very talented Lexi from glitter,inc.com who styled the sweetest little bohemian style first birthday party for her beautiful babygirl, Scarlett. Cakes and sweetness from Sugar Euphoria and party décor from Partyology. It all came together so beautifully. I’m so grateful! This is what Lexi has to say about her styled party..

As a blogger, I’ll be the first to admit I get a little obsessed with the details, so when it came to our little girl, Scarlett’s first birthday party, I went all out. We had just recently moved into our new home in North Carolina, so it also happened to be the perfect excuse to get our house – well, at least the downstairs! – into tip-top shape and throw one big housewarming/birthday bash to get to know our neighbors and my husband’s co-workers (he’s a first-year resident.)

We collaborated with Partyology, an oh-so-helpful creative idea-packed party-planning app, to create this backyard bohemian bash – an idea I had been playing with in my head for months. Partyology helped us to hunt down all of the great party supplies and décor. Brandi Leigh, our photographer, came before the party to photograph the styled shots and stayed throughout the party like a trooper to catch all of the extra-adorable moments. She is an unbelievable talent and made our baby girl’s birthday party look like a million bucks.

As for the house, we had this awesome screened-in patio with no furniture to fill it (and a limited new homeowners’ budget), so we got creative. Cue the “bohemian lounge” complete with Scarlett’s favorite teepee, layers of souk rugs, blankets and throws, floor cushions and pillows.

The activities for the kids all sort of grew from the bohemian hang-out idea. We wanted the kids to have a great time, particularly because we had so many young kids in attendance (and my own mom has always been a rockstar at making amazing food for the grownups with plenty of memorable stuff for the kiddos.) I found bubble sticks at Walmart in the clearance section and covered them in gold polka dot stickers from Target to give as party favors. We also had temporary tattoos and lollipops on a tray in the kids “lounge,” butterfly wings decorating the chairs, and plastic mason jars with lids so the littles could run to their hearts content with juice in hand. Bubbles, tattoos, a teepee, and lollipops: obviously the boho lounge was a big hit.

We kept the food simple: a homemade toasted pine nut caprese tortellini salad; homemade artichoke dip with chips, crackers and carrots for dipping; trays with petite sandwiches and chicken fingers; and a cheese and fruit board; plus tons of dessert. I had a lot of fun with the dessert table. I am a dessert fiend, so I knew I wanted to make that the focal point. I made s’mores bars and chocolate chip cookie bars (both foolproof and so good), put out plenty of fruit, dark chocolate salted almonds, brownie brittle, an amazing cake and cupcakes by Sugar Euphoria that I decorated with real flowers, and a vegan birthday smash cake from Whole Foods for Scarlett who has a milk protein allergy but loved her cake all the same (thank goodness!) We kept drinks simple: a big vat of iced tea, sodas, juice, wine and craft beer (my husband had a lot of fun picking local North Carolina beers to try.)

I’m still pinching myself over how well the party turned out. This was my first party on my own (without my family’s help back in Miami), so I worried how everything would turn out. Thankfully good food, good drinks, and good friends is all you really need for a great time! That and a very adorable one-year old. “

You can view our shoot here > Style Me Pretty | BrandileighPhotography.



Photography: Brandi Leigh Photography | Flowers: Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | “Wild One” Cocktail Napkins: With Love + Ink | Arrow Throw Tapestry: Urban Outfitters | Baby Fringe Booties: Minnetonka | Burlap and Lace Paper Napkins: Wedding Bubbles ‘n More | Cake and Cupcakes: Sugar Euphoria | Confetti Tassel: Confetti Systems | DIY Glitter Polka Dot Bubble Sticks: Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | Dried Moss: Melrose Botanicals | Eco-Friendly Plates: Smarty Had a Party | Fabric Banner: Feather & Fray | Fabric Teepee Banner: Lexi of Glitter, Inc. | Fairy Butterfly Wings: Amazon | Floor Cushions: Urban Outfitters | Floral Straws: Twigs & Twirls | Flower String Lights: Oh My Goodies | Globe String Lights: Yard Envy | Gold Stripe Teepee: Land of Nod | Lexi’s Dress: Free People | Macramé Dessert Table Runner: Anthropologie | Mexican Blanket: Thrifty Mart USA | Paper Pinwheels: Michaels | Party Planning App: Partyology | Party Planning and Styling: Lexi Holzberg Kritzer of Glitter, Inc. | Pink Rug: Lulu & Georgia | Plastic Mason Jars with Lids: Home Style Divas | Rustic Three-Tier Tray: Amazon | Scarlett’s Birthday Outfit: RuffleButts | Silver Pouf: Lulu & Georgia | Souk Rug: West Elm | Vintage Floral Fabric Bunting: Amazon | White Milk Glass Cake Stands: One Kings Lane | Wood Barn Door Serving Tray: White Birch Studio | Wood Slice Cake Stands: World Market | Wooden Cutlery: Wrap and Reveal | XO Muslin Throw: Modern Burlap



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