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Knox Turns One!!! {Tallahassee Baby Photographer}

On September 29, 2010, my whole world changed forever. I learned what it truly meant to love someone more than yourself and how it felt to know you would give your life for that person.

It has now been a year since Knox was born and what a year it has been! Sure it’s had it’s ups and downs, but when my little man smiles at me, I completely forget about the downs. Because I look at him and for that brief second I forget about all the hurt and anger and hate there is in the world and see potential. Because it only takes one person to change the world. And maybe that’s Knox . . . maybe not. But regardless of changing the world, he has definitely changed my life. I love you Knoxy poo!

So, moving on to the party. THE party. I had been planning this party for months. And the more I planned {and played on Pinterest} the more I realized that maybe I was getting just a tad out of control. But I didn’t care. Because, after all, Knox will only turn 1 once. And he won’t really remember it. So I needed to document it. And if I’m going to document it, then I might as well have some fun and turn it into a mini styled photo shoot right?! 🙂

My first order of business {after deciding on a sock monkey theme} was to contact my truly talented friend Ashley Brooke with Ashley Brooke Designs to come up with the invitation. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Ashley took my vision and made it come to life. She is so talented! If you need any kind of paper product {wedding invitations, save the dates, party invites, “we’re moving” announcements, whatever!} you should definitely contact her.

Next I contacted one of my former brides, Sarah, to help me with some decor. Sarah started her own business – Paperwhite Designs – and I knew her pom poms and banners would be the perfect fit for Knox’s party. Instead of fully “blooming” the pom pom, I only half bloomed it so that I could pin it flat onto a canvas. Actually, my amazing husband Jeremy did that for me. He bought a large canvas at Michaels, we laid out the design on the floor and then carefully moved the canvas so it sat propped on two chairs. Jeremy then crawled underneath it and painstakingly sewed each pom pom onto the canvas. Now THAT is love. 🙂

I asked Sarah to throw in some houndstooth-pattern banners just for good measure. Roll Tide!The favors were the ingredients for a delicious cookie recipe that I layered in mason jars and used red M&Ms to tie into the color scheme {technically the M&Ms were maroon . . . I bought the wrong color and was so mad at myself! Ohwell, they worked} I bought tags from Olive Manna and then stamped “many thanks” on the front and printed off recipe instructions on the back.My mom gave Knox a cute sock monkey blanket for his birthday, which made a great tablecloth for the favors.I bought these fun red striped paper straws on Etsy from Showers Bring Flowers.For beverages I had to have old fashion Cokes because of the color scheme {plus, who doesn’t love an original Coke from the bottle?!} . . .. . . and also some cucumber water and white sangria in small mason jars.The cupcakes were from my favorite cupcake shop in Tallahassee, Lucy & Leo’s Cupcakery. I gave them my color scheme for the party and they made everything match! I ordered monkey biz {duh!}, cookies and cream, red velvet, and traditional vanilla with chocolate frosting. Oh, and I found this cute cupcake stand from World Market.I had a candy bar with red, white, and brown candy on it, along with mini sock monkeys that I found at Target. I bought kraft bags and stamped “yummy” on it for guests to put their candy.For the kiddos I made a can toss game out of green bean cans, which I covered in scrapbook paper. The boys LOVED this game because they got to throw a ball and destroy something. And for the girls, I set up an art table with paper, crayons, and markers. I also had a bocce ball game going for the adults.Then came time for the guest of honor to eat his {giant} cupcake.giant cupcakegiant cupcakegiant cupcakeSome of Knoxy’s friends . . .I loved the sock monkey onesie my parents got him!And of course we had some private time for him to open his presents. It seems he was more fascinated with the bag and tissue paper than the actual gifts. Oh well, in time.Leave it to my parents to get him a bomber jacket. LOL 🙂

Overall, I think his party was a success. I had a lot of fun planning it and maybe I’ll do it again . . . maybe. LOL 😉



October 13, 2011 - 5:34 pm

Jessica - Cutest party ever! I am amazed. Nice job! So outside the box for a 1st bday party. LOVE IT!

October 13, 2011 - 5:57 pm

Emily Ley - Ashley, this is just TOO PRECIOUS! Happy birthday, Knox! You are one cute little man!!

October 13, 2011 - 6:03 pm

West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer - That’s it Ashley…not only are you coming to shoot my next party, but you’re going to help e come up with the theme and decorations…now I just need to have a party!! lol You definitely captured the awesomeness of the day!

October 13, 2011 - 6:25 pm

Shannon, Shannon Reeves Events - Ashley! This is so adorable! The mason jar favors are precious, and I love the pom poms! Knox is a doll with that giant cupcake. Nice work ma’am!

October 13, 2011 - 8:06 pm

Betsy - Such a nice set of pictures to celebrate an adorable kiddo and happy family!
Love it!! And I especially love the sock monkey theme 🙂
Happy happy birthday, Knox!!!

October 13, 2011 - 11:06 pm

Alicia Rohan - Ashley you did an amazing job! I love how everything turned out!! So precious!!

October 15, 2011 - 11:05 am

Jackie D - Oh my goodness! I love all of the cute ideas. You should definitely do that again! 😉

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