The theme It’s A Small World is arguably THE theme that started the whole styling revolution. This is probably the most popular and well-remembered party that the pioneer Barbie Pardo styled.
Our client, Laurice, approached us and requested for an It’s A Small World theme, but this time with a unique twist: she wanted a male version of the theme to coincide with the celebration of her baby boy Laz’s 1st year. This party was made extra special as the client hired the famous Krissy from Little People Photography! She was generous enough to share her wonderfully snapped photos with me, which I will now share with you.
The client had a beautifully designed invitation, and this was what we used to jump start our brainstorming:
The client and I both agreed to go for the following colors: teal, light blue, lavender, and regal gold. In short, something that is more masculine, but soft enough to maintain the sense of childhood whimsy present in the original It’s A Small World (did any of you take that famous ride in Hong Kong Disneyland?)
For the stage, we decided to go all-out and create the famous It’s A Small World facade, only this time on a much larger scale! (The tip of the largest tower there, touching the ceiling swags, is around 12 feet!)
The area in front of the stage was covered with grass, and bordered by these cute lampposts, to create a special, semi-enclosed area where the kids can play, run around, do activities.
For the ceiling treatment, we decided to enclose all areas surrounding the central cove lighting, putting swags on a downward angle to create a more intimate scene. Lanterns and hot air balloons were used for accent drop decors.
The centerpiece was a beautiful floral arrangement topped by helium-filled balloons in gold ribbons and backed by a printed label showing a child of different nationality per table. This was a cute idea by Laurice! Instead of the usual table numbers, each of her tables had a designated country assigned to it! Can anybody guess what country this table is?
Speaking of cute ideas! Each of the guests’ children had to come in uniform representing a different country in the world, with a prize going out for the best in costume! Aren’t these kids super adorable?
One of the things I liked the most about Blue Leaf is the venue’s spacious outdoor lawn and entrance areas, which we took advantage of by placing a set-up:
The cake, crafted by Sugarbox, was also an amazing creation, and a small world all by itself!
The giveaway was equally mouthwatering. Take a look at those beautiful stools! Which one would you take home if you had the chance?
For the dessert table, we hung paper dolls of the children of various nationalities, topped by light blue, lavender, and gold pompoms. Aren’t those staircase cupcake holders so cute!
As we went along during the preparations, I learned from Laurice about the story of Laz, and all the obstacles that Laurice and her husband experienced (when the couple were still trying to conceive, they even went to Jerusalem!). It was because of all of the difficulties that they’ve faced and overcome that Laurice and her husband wanted to make this celebration extra-special. And it was that! Nothing is sweeter than seeing your beloved grow to a year (and beyond).
‘Til the next party,