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19 Dec

Alessandra’s 1st Birthday Party

Jessi Malay baby first birthday party

first birthday decoration ideas at home

Our baby girl is ONE!!! This past weekend we celebrated Ále’s first birthday with our close friends and family at our home and it was beyond amazing! I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate our sweet beba! ♥ I was a little worried she’d be overwhelmed with all of our guests (over 70 people and babies) and everyone singing Happy Birthday to her, but she LOVED it and was soaking up all the attention! She was totally loving her birthday princess moment!

Now for the party details! Since we never had an official housewarming, this was actually the first time all of our friends got to visit our home! As rany of you know, G and I have been slowly renovating and decorating our home since we moved in. We knew we wanted Ále’s first birthday to be here with all her close friends and family around, so we raced to get all of our last-minute renovations done before the party!! Believe it or not, we actually finished renovating our powder room and yard the day before the party lol! We’re so happy it all worked out just in time! One of the things that sold us on this house was the open floorplan which is perfect for having guests over. We really wanted to utilize different areas of the house and create little set-ups in each space. We decorated the front of the house with brass lanterns, balloons, and brought in a Latin Cuisine food truck that we parked in our driveway! We turned our dining room into a gorgeous dessert table and floral explosion that was the perfect backdrop for photos! In our family room, we created a cozy play area on the rug with huge stuffed animals for the babies to have some playtime. And for the yard, we created a sweet little bohemian chic cozy lounge area where our guests could sit, eat, and mingle!

Now for decor. From the beginning I knew I didn’t want to do a themed party. I envisioned something that would be timeless and elegant with some fun elements that still made it feel like a 1 year old’s birthday party. I wanted to concentrate on florals, balloons, lounge furniture mixed in with some fun surprises! Irises Designs created a floral dream and set the atmosphere for the entire event! I really wanted to incorporate some of my favorite winter florals like anemone, silver brunias, ranunculus, winter roses, and touches of pampas grass. This stunning floral wall was the most perfect backdrop against the dessert table..every detail was so beautiful and tied in perfectly with the desserts and the rest of the party.

1st birthday party decorations at home

Dream dessert table!! I’m still in awe of how incredibly stunning this set-up was! Cindy from SweetLeeMade created the most beautiful desserts with every detail reflecting Alessandra’s personality! The gorgeous spread included unicorn cake popsicles, floral-inspired cake pops, Madeline towers, and customized “Alessandra Marie” and “One” floral cookies!

dessert table ideas for 1st birthday girl

personalized birthday cookies party favors

Thrifted Sister Vintage Rentals

Obsessed with this stunning little oasis Thrifted Sister Vintage created in our backyard. I really wanted to transform our yard into a sweet, cozy, and kid friendly space for our guests! I couldn’t be happier with these pretty furniture and decor rentals!! The layered rugs, plush velvet pillows, and cozy poufs really set the ambiance in our yard and made it more cozy and inviting for our guests and their babies.

Jessi Malay baby first birthday party

Still can’t get over how adorable this set-up is by Thrifted Sister Vintage! Matching mommy and mini peacock chairs!

Alessandra Marie Santiago first birthday party

Pacific Organic Party Pops Birthday Party

How fun (and photo-worthy) is this popsicle cart by Pacific Organic Party Pops?! Since we had so many babies and kids at the party, I wanted to make sure we had something fun that the kids would enjoy. The popsicles were a huge HIT and not just for the kids lol..everyone kept lining up for more! I love that we got to customize our own menu and add dairy-free options for some of our guests!

Party Shop Avenue created a beautiful balloon garland that perfectly coordinated with every detail of the party and really transformed my yard into a kids paradise!

Balloon garland ideas for first birthday party

Harlow and Grey Party Supplies

Still obsessing over this table spread by my go-to party goods brand Harlow & Grey! I used their tableware for my baby shower a little over a year ago and loved it so much that I had to try out another collection for Alessandra’s first birthday! For my baby shower, I incorporated more blush tones so I did a mix of the Goddess and Blanc collection. I’ve been dying to use the Noir Collection ever since and it tied in perfectly to match the black accents at the party!

winter inspired florals pampas grass

Maravilla Latin Cuisine Food Truck

Taco and empanada heaven on wheels. And is this not the chicest food truck you’ve ever seen?! I think everyone at the party become Maravilla’s #1 customer that day ha! Maravilla Latin Cuisine takes it back 3 generations to create their yummy recipes from scratch daily. I’m talking fresh handmade empanadas, warm tortilla’s, and well-marinated meats that make each bite as flavorful as the last!

I loved the idea of bringing in a food truck and parking it right outside our porch, at the starting point of our party. The Maravilla Latin Cuisine team created a customized menu for the party with yummy and fresh spicy lime chicken and steak tacos, handmade empanadas and even had gluten-free and vegan options to accommodate all of our guests!

food truck catering for birthday party

How to Make a Mimosa Bar

And what’s a birthday party without a bubbly bar for mom and dad, thanks to OneHope wine! The silver and gold glitter champagne bottles were the perfect fun touch too!

DIY bubble mimosa bar pinterest ideas

fun party ideas for first birthday party

We filled our family room with these huge stuffed animals and bears so the babies could have a little space to have playtime with each other! Alessandra and her baby friends had the best time rolling around in here with each other!

Little Giraffe Plush Toys

The cutest party favors for Ále’s friends!! Little Giraffe is one of my favorite baby brands for their plush toys, cozy blankets, and personalized gifts. For the party, we did a mix of plush toys and blankets that say LOVE on them for all of Ále’s friends!

Little Giraffe love blankets

Valet Service Units

Jessi Malay baby Alessandra first birthday party

Thank you to all of our sweet friends and family that came to celebrate our baby girl and make her feel so loved and special!! She had the best time and has been in the best mood since from all the fun she had this weekend! I’ve included all the vendors below to help you out if you’re planning a party too!

Vendor Details: 

Photography by Asha Bailey

Florals – Irises Designs

Balloon Designs – Party Shop Avenue

Cake & Desserts – SweetLeeMade

Party Goods – Harlow & Grey

Food Truck – Maravilla Latin Cuisine Food Truck

Popsicle Cart – Pacific Organic Pops 

Furniture & Decor Rentals – Thrifted Sister Vintage

Bubble Bar – ONE Hope Wine

Party Favors – Little Giraffe

Valet – Valet Service Unit 
  • Roses for Fridays | by mia

    Awww how precious, Happy 01st Birthday little Angel … wishing your family a memorable day celebrating a beautiful birthday. Joyeux Noel!

    ❄️🎅🏻🎄ROSES FOR FRIDAYS ❄️🎅🏻🎄 | by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    December 19, 2018 at 3:45 pm Reply
  • Lisa Valerie Morgan

    Such a gorgeous party! I am loving this elegant and timeless theme! The dessert bar, baby play area and vintage themed tables and seating are absolutely perfect. And most importantly, Happy Birthday to Alessandra and congrats on your new home renovations!



    December 20, 2018 at 12:32 am Reply
  • A Trendy Life

    Happy birthday to Alessandra and her parents. Jessy all the decoration and details are very nice.


    December 20, 2018 at 1:13 am Reply
  • Ewa Macherowska
    December 20, 2018 at 4:36 am Reply
  • Lisa Autumn

    OMG such a princess party.. love it!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    December 20, 2018 at 9:02 am Reply
  • Radi

    So beautiful. I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating. The desserts table is my favorite :)
    Happy Holidays Jessi!


    December 23, 2018 at 11:43 pm Reply
  • Sophie Atieno

    Loving these pictures, especially the one with the two of you seated. Adorable. Can’t believe it’s already been a year.

    December 25, 2018 at 7:24 am Reply
  • Yachy Mares

    This birthday was GOALS and exactly the type of inspiration I wanted for my bridal shower!

    December 26, 2018 at 2:38 pm Reply
  • Sharon Wu

    Awww happy 1st birthday to your adorable cherub darling! She is so lucky to have you guys as parents throwing her the best party :) xo, sharon


    December 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm Reply
  • Carmen

    Uh such a fantastic party! I am sure you all had great fun – and Alessandra looked like a princess!
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

    December 28, 2018 at 12:37 pm Reply
  • Elegant Duchess

    The party looks amazing! I love elegant deco and you most definitely did a great a job getting that classy and timeless look. How cute are those animal bin bags/seats?! Alessandra had an amazing time celebrating! Happy birthday 🥳 to her. 😘

    Elegant Duchess, 💋

    December 30, 2018 at 12:13 am Reply
  • Susanne

    Congratulations to the sweetest girl and mamma!! You decorated your house super pretty and you look like the happiest family! I hope you had the best Christmas and happy New year! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

    December 30, 2018 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Nina Nguyen

    Awww happy birthday to your princess! Everything looked gorgeous! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!
    xx- Nina


    January 1, 2019 at 12:33 pm Reply
  • Jalisa

    Happy belated birthday to Alessandra! The party turned out absolutely beautiful, girl! I love the idea of a food truck, so unique for a party and who doesn’t love a good food truck?! Their food sounds amazing! I love that you set up different spaces throughout your home and backyard, too. Such a creative concept and I’m sure a day to remember! Thanks for sharing, beautiful; Happy New Year!



    January 2, 2019 at 6:35 am Reply
  • Ramandeep Kaur

    Omg! How am I so late in checking out these pictures. They’re adorable and look at the little princess, she’s so adorable!

    January 9, 2019 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Miley



    May 8, 2019 at 3:43 pm Reply
  • luxhairshop

    good life !
    Love your blog, thank you for sharing.
    (づ ̄3 ̄)づ╭❤~

    June 24, 2019 at 12:30 am Reply
  • Diana Jimenez

    Such a beautiful party!! I’m planning one for my little one and came across your blog post. Can you share where her dress is from? Or any brand you can recommend for beautiful clothing? Thank you.

    January 15, 2022 at 12:07 pm Reply

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