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little man in manhattan | cameron’s first birthday

I’m so excited to share with you Cameron’s wedding first birthday!  We joke that it’s his wedding (and I’ve slipped on several occasions referring to it as his weddings… to people I just met) because it was SUCH a labor of love from so many people.  You can read more about this on our feature on On to Baby!

As most of you know, we have traveled with Cameron to several destinations.  One of our favorite was New York.  With the help from Linda of Grand Soriees, we designed a munchkin sized New York!   My dad built 4 mini stores for the kids.  I love this photo of my dad next to 3 of them:

I created munchkin-sized newspapers and Life magazines, filled with stories from his first year.  He got a preview and I think he likes it:

I enjoyed making the crossword puzzle for the newspaper, and below is one of my favorite ads from the magazine:

Wilmarose of Lovely Jubilee did an amazing job styling him.  I love the orange bow tie she picked out for him!

We sent out mini boxed invites with letter pressed cards created by Felix Rhys.

My friends and family also loved the photo booth provided by Instabooths.

And Pandora on Green was the perfect setting for our little Manhattan!  The staff there is incredible!  It’s also just a block from my office, so if any of you swing by, please say hi!

One of my favorite elements was the mini fruit stand that my dad and I made.  I wanted to give kids healthy options.  What I learned is that kids like anything on a lollipop stick, even tomatoes!  I used a cookie cutter to make animal shaped melon pops, and they were a huge hit.  It was awesome seeing kids munching away on fruits!

Another favorite element, mini central park, complete with chess/checker tables and a Shake Shack!

Shake Shack is one of our favorite burger joints.  Chocolate malted shake…mmm…  We brought mini shakers and kids got to be Milkshake baristas!

Little old men chilling at the park:

Central park on a warm winter day:

The kids loved the Tattoo parlor!  Huge thanks to Wilmarose for styling the family, and Chiali for the incredible hair & make up.

And another favorite moment, all the kids enjoying their little city.  You probably can’t tell, but this was the best attempt at taking a group photo.  🙂  The little shopping cart was very popular!

Lucky Cameron had 5 cakes, made by Esther of Batch from Scratch.  The one he’s eating is carrot.  yum…

We also had red velvet and chocolate.  yummy!

And another favorite DIY project was creating these “One Year Ago” calendars.  Each month, guest will get a little glimpse into Cameron’s world this time, last year.  It was fun reminiscing each of the 12 months in his first year.  Some months were slow, and some was really hard to pick just 2-3 photos!

Last but certainly not least, the HUGEST thanks to the Skybox team!  They made everything come together so smoothly!  Like a wedding, there were many moving parts and they made everything seamless!

And here’s a little highlight created by the talented Rainbow Fish!

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sharon - March 7, 2012 - 2:10 am

Caroline! This is amazing as usual!!! Cameron is going to look back on his REAL wedding day and see how much his parents loved him! What a wonderful and one-of-a-kind first birthday!

nelly - March 7, 2012 - 7:48 am

Happy Birthday to Cameron! This looks like a super fun party and you did a great job! Love the LIFE and newpaper magazines…oh and the lollipops! yummy!

ilene - March 7, 2012 - 9:21 am

this is amazing, caroline!!! i love all the details!!! C is so lucky to have such a creative mama!! i also love ALL your outfits!

Cheryl McDonald - March 7, 2012 - 6:31 pm

OMG Caroline, this party is darling!! SO creative, well planned and just perfect. Enjoy toddlerhood, it’s a blast!

iFloyd - March 9, 2012 - 5:07 pm

Best first birthday party I’ve ever seen!

LeeYen - March 10, 2012 - 12:34 am

I wanna be a little kid again and be invited to your boy’s next birthday party :). What a lucky boy, you can tell he’s loved by many many many.

Genie Chung - March 11, 2012 - 7:07 am

Ohh wow!!! That is sooo amazing!! What a great job to everyone and a very very Happy 1st birthday to your little man!

Christen Barnes - March 13, 2012 - 7:48 pm

And the mother of the year award goes to….

Jaemi Suh - March 14, 2012 - 9:23 am

What an awesome birthday party! Loving all the photos! Happy birthday little man!

Susan Inthavong - March 14, 2012 - 11:36 am

Cameron is so blessed. You’ve captured every moment of his life, never missing a beat and making each moment very special. That is the BEST birthday ever and we’re sure his wedding will be out of this world. Thank you for sharing his special moments with us all!

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Rachel(joliejolie) - April 25, 2012 - 11:26 pm

This is so so amazing. Loved the theme and details. Thanks for sharing! Kids grow up way too fast!

em chen - May 12, 2012 - 8:55 pm

This is sooo adorable!! This has to be the most creative first birthday party EVER. The miniature LIFE Magazine and Cameron Times is too cute! I can’t stop looking at the pictures 🙂

Joanne Encarnacion - November 2, 2012 - 3:41 pm

OMG! To die for! I love every single bit of it!

Catherine Cindy Leo - December 19, 2012 - 8:50 pm

sooo cute, Caroline! love it!

Lona Quizon - March 13, 2013 - 12:33 am

Hi Caroline! I love the newpaper and magazines you made for Cameron’s birthday party and would like to re-create something similar for my daughter’s big O-N-E! What template did you use?

The Purple Pug - October 3, 2013 - 6:30 pm

This might be the sweetest and most charming party I have ever seen. Beyond.

Raychel Wishart - October 3, 2013 - 7:00 pm

I know it’s been a while, but I just was looking at this post and video and I’m really curious how you do the “career game”? I’ve seen it done and really want to do it for my daughters 1st. Do you have people vote for what they think the child will choose? Is that what the little plastic boxes and circle papers were for? And What was the table full of “C” cards used for? What an amazing party! Really creative and so well done.

Sielly Mochi - May 13, 2014 - 12:18 pm


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