La Fête Juliette (Juliette’s Birthday)

Jan 24, 2011 | Full Time Family | 27 comments

Well, here it is.
I am snuggled in with the MacTop, fully recovered, pouring over photos and I am about to display a complete lack of self control and post more photos than any one blog post should allow. Picnik was running like a dinosaur or else I would have my little signature “” on each photo. Bummer. I love that – I think it looks so “pro” – I HATE to not do it.
OK, I won’t hold you in suspense any more….here it is… The Design, The Budget, the Dress, The Girl et la Fête!

The Design


I was totally inspired by Mandy’s recent Rose/Gris post for the parties color scheme. I gave myself a budget of $75.00. That was more than I wanted to spend however, I needed every penny of it and I still really didn’t get the look I was going for… I wanted baby pink chic and a to die for string of photo garland – a project which was a disaster and I finally had to let go of. That’s an entire blog post on it’s own…I did end up finding 5 rose plates and the hanging hearts in a closet upstairs. Anyways, it was pretty but to get the look I was going for I would have had to spend twice as much as I did.
Here is a breakdown:
 Pink cotton, gray/silver lace (6 yards) and pink tulle for $27.00 (pas mal!)
Two dozen gorgeous pink roses, Costco $15.00
Silver plated coffee and tea post (had the third one already) $15 resale shop
Ten balloons $11.00
Two extra rose plates $1.00 (resale shop)
Hot pink napkins and “J” napkins $3.00
Total $82.00 so I went over but truth be told, did not factor the balloons into my original budget!
The kids had drug the balloons in the other room for most of the photos, this first one is actually the next morning!




Le Gâteau
The Cake!
I pulled down my vintage heart shaped pans… the hearts in this part are not a St. Valentines Day thing… they are because in this house we always say, “Momma loves you, Hoolie!”

I googled a turn of the century white cake recipe. Incredible.
If you would like it in a post, please post a comment and I will post it later this week.

White frosting with silver glitter (edible) and pink roses. Bavarian cream filling inside!

The Dress
The Darling Silver one that Amélie wore three years ago for her birthday!
(I would have made one, but this one is just so perfect for my girls! $17.99 Target! It’s a sad day when you can’t make ’em that cheap!)
La Fête… The Party!



Juliette and Big Daddy
Auntie Julee – thanks for taking the party photos!!!
Get it girl!
Hoolie’s first major experience with SUGAR!

We were to have a bigger crowd, but I have an uncle going in for surgery tomorrow morning and he just was not up to it, understandably. My brother’s car was acting up ,and with this cold and a three month old, who wants to risk breaking down? No way!

I chatting with Auntie Victoria, Uncle Nic and Cousin Sofia!

It’s so fun to see the toys that our family selects for our children. They are always spot on. This little tea set has been a HIT for the last 24 hours. The big kids have hi-jacked it and have been pouring each other “tea” all day. And that puzzle? Hoolie loves it… got to love Melissa and Doug toys! They are the best.

And of course, if you are my daughter, you HAVE to have pink “cow boots.” Thanks you Auntie Julee!!!

iChatting with my grandparents from Florida! I LOVE iCHAT! What a blessing it is for families!

The Portraits!

The sunlight was gorgeous this morning… not as pretty as my Juliette though!
This is my favorite.

Ahhhh…. I can relax now.
If you would like some of the recipes mentioned two posts ago let me know… AND I’ve got some fun ideas on how to survive entertaining without being a martyr!

She’s one it.
I just can’t believe.

Momma loves you, Hoolie.
…and I thought I loved you then.


  1. pwsnwjournal

    What a lovely day, lovely family, lovely baby.

  2. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    Oh, MY! What a fun post, and I cannot believe she is already one, either! She’s a doll and so adorable digging into that cake. I love the pics your aunt shot for you, especially the one where brother and sister and looking on as she gets that first bite.

    Your portraits are wonderful too, and my favorite is the same as yours.

    I wish you were my neighbor, I could have loaned you all the rosey plates you needed! I just love your creativity and love for your family and your children; and that birthdays are all about family.


  3. Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig

    Can you hear me clapping with glee all the way down here in Texas???

    Precious and priceless, Angela!

  4. Kalee

    What a beautiful party you threw! Classy, elegant and perfection for a little girl! Juliette is one lucky lady.

    And yes to the recipes! I’ve never tried a cream filling in a cake.

  5. Sherri

    Angela, what an absolutely wonderful birthday party for your little one!! I love all the pictures, especially of the cake ones! Please post the white cake recipe-it looked so yummy!!

  6. Blondie's Journal

    What a special party! The decorations and the cake…everything looks so fitting for that precious Juliette! I, too, love that last photo!


  7. Ashley DeLen

    What a lovely birthday party!! So pink and lovely!!

  8. Deanna

    fun post!
    love the pics u shared.
    nice party!!!

    this past year has flown as i have blogged.
    i came across your blog when you were pregnant with this little one.

    enjoy your blog!

  9. Vickie Wiles

    What a glorious day and occasion for you and your family, Angela. And, yes, would love to have the recipe for the turn-of-the-century white cake. Thanks so much!

  10. Anne Marie...

    what a precious pink birthday for her Ange…you did a beautiful job for her, and your family…

    minus the heart shape, I did the exact same cake for my little girl a few years ago – M picked out the picture and I replicated it…pink roses on top of a white cake – classic and so pretty…

    (can you believe I bought pink chairs?? – crazy!)

  11. Josephine Rose

    One year already??!!! Time gets faster and faster…..

    Beautiful in every way — colors, setting, people…..

    Happy Birthday Juliette:)

  12. Tamra

    Yep, would love the old white cake recipie. Always looking for great vintage recipies.

    BTW, Pink “Cow Boots” picture is adorable!

  13. Carolyne

    What a perfectly wonderful birthday. Your sweetie is so fortunate to have such a loving family.
    Always love those recipes…….
    Pretty Please :o)

    ((hugs)) C.

  14. Theanne...

    You did it…it was absolutely beautiful, stunningly elegant in it’s simplicity! A loving family and a totally adorable little girl! Aren’t tea sets the BEST for young girls? I just found Melissa and Doug before Christmas…most of the gifts I gave my g’kids at Christmas were M & D! I LIKE that you did it for way under a $100…you’re a terrific role model for other young mothers…BTW I too love the last photo of Juliette and the PINK boots…fantastic

  15. Rachel

    I’ve been going back through your old posts & I so appreciate how you desire to bring beauty to life. I’m inspired by the way your family celebrates, and Juliette’s first birthday is a beautiful example of this. And yes, please share the cake recipe!

  16. Renata

    What a beautiful party! I love the cake – it is so simple & beautiful! Where do you get your amazing ideas? Happy Birthday to your little girl – lovely portraits, wonderful day – I love big family parties!
    Hope you have a wonderful day today

  17. A Cottage Muse

    She looks so adorable! I love the look of joy on you and your husband’s faces!! You did a wonderful job ~ truly a labor of love!

  18. Shawna

    Love it all! What fun to have a real life doll (or 2!)

    Beautifully done, as per normal!

  19. Ann at eightacresofeden

    I can’t believe that dress is from Target. We have Target and the pretty dresses are double that in price. I’m convinced everything is cheaper in the States!
    How lovely to see a proper party – with real china. Most parties I see organized for children are sugar food overloads on paper plates where the parents fill the children up on junk food and soda and then wonder why they run riot. I once received an invite for my younger children which stated ‘junk food provided’! The instructions were to bring your own healthy food if that is what you wanted for your child.
    I’ve been stocking up on hospitality supplies and my most recent find was a dinner service, an 8 place china setting embellished with pink roses which included sweet little tea plates which I thought of using for a future little girl’s party. The cost $12 for the lot at a garage sale. Even if the odd one gets broken that’s fine. Now I have seen your beautiful celebration I’m relishing the thought of organizing our next family celebration.
    P.S off to New Zealand for a family holiday next week. Not commenting on blogs for the next few weeks but will check back for those recipes!

  20. Deb

    My goodness, those eyes! You can see clear to her little soul, I think, in the sea blue of those peepers!

  21. Deb

    Oh…forgot to mention the impressive party…Love, love the cake and the roses in the teapots.

  22. Lorilee

    Oh, my everything is beautiful. That last photo of Juliette is breathtaking! You always amaze me!

  23. Oie

    Its all adorable, especially your baby. Got me thinking and planning for a party in march for my 4yr old!
    Girls are great, and its wonderful to be frivolous sometimes!

  24. Julie

    What a beautiful party! I always get a lot of great, creative ideas from you. And yes, please post the cake recipe.

    Juliette is just darling.

  25. Rayanne

    I love, love your blog! Following and adding you to my side bar today!
    Happy birthday to your little one…sweet pretty!

  26. à la parisienne! That last photo is SUPERBE! The lighting, the colors, the softness, the effects. Love it!
    What a beautiful party! I love the chandy full of pink plumes…Gonna have to “borrow” that idea! And the silver tea pots with pink roses were perfect!

    My sister-in-law keeps telling me to include the budget and break down on Amelia’s parties, but by the time the party’s over, I can’t remember anything anymore! Maybe next go ’round.

    $82.00 for a party is phenomenal, especially considering all of the food you prepared! Usually, that’s where I get a little chinchy…Plus, I’m not the cook like you! I can’t imagine having to plan 3 parties every year, but I know every minute and dollar is worth it.

    Juliette is so beautiful-just like the rest of your family!


  27. Musings From A French Cottage

    What beautiful photos! Everything looks wonderful, you did a fabulous job! Love the dress and those cute cake photos. That first bite is always so much fun!

    I’m right in the middle of planning for a 1 year birthday party too! It’s amazing how fast times goes by. My sweet girl is 11 months old today. I have exactly one month to go til party time!!

    Beautiful job!! I would love to have that cake recipe if you decide to post it.

    God Bless,


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