We survived (and celebrated!) the first year as a family of three.
Aside from a few weeks of late nights and early mornings, Knox has been the best little guy we could have asked for. He slept through the night, 7:30 PM to 7:30 AM, since he was ten weeks old and has ever since. We had no clue what parenthood would look like for us, thankfully it was the exact same, just with one more person to hangout with.
When we started to think about Knox’s first birthday, we knew we wanted to have a nice party that was more than just a time to open presents. We wanted to host a gathering for all of the people who have been such a special part of Knox’s life this past year and helped us navigate the adventures of children. We reached out to Phuong of MIBELLAROSA, gave her a concept that we liked, and asked her to make it kid friendly.
What came next caught us a little off guard!
Phuong told us that she was going to handle it all - and keep it a secret from us! She said it was as much a time for us to celebrate as it was for us to thank everyone else. It was such a lovely change of pace - we were able to sit back and wait for the big day to arrive. The creative team was instructed not to post any sort of sneak peek/behind-the-scenes images and not to tell us any design elements.
On the morning of the party our house was flooded with florists, caterers, and balloon garland installers. We watched in excitement as each piece of the puzzle came together right before our eyes!
It all culminated with a plated dinner served under the setting sun as we visited with one another and watched Knox polish off his own piece of beef tenderloin.
We’ve both mentioned to each other that while we were only planning to have an over-the-top FIRST birthday party, we might have to make a big birthday bash a yearly thing.
Here are a few of our favorite images from the day.
Luke & Cat (& Knox too!)