Freelance Book Designer

1st Extravaganza

Last weekend we celebrated the little man’s 1st birthday by the Lily pond in Sydney’s Centennial Park on the most fantastic mild, sunny day.

Having said before that this was going to be a simple, stress-free affair actually meant that I was still going to be a stressed out, control freak for days before and the morning of — let’s face it, it’s who I am.

We spent a week planning the cake and SNH spent the Friday making it. Our concept was to link the cake to the birth announcement card we designed and illustrated (and our lovely friend Nathanael letterpresses for us). So a sailing boat and a friendly whale were constructed (the whale was made of low-sugar vanilla cake especially for the babies).

We accompanied the cake with our apple & ginger beer, along with a photo-a-month display, thrifted decorations and a suitcase filled with vintage 1st Birthday cards, lovely party plates and cutlery (Ikea and online orders from the US).

To amuse the small people, we bought a bag of balls from Kmart and filled a bucket. It was a smash hit!

The Cake

The Card

It was an amazing day, the bub spent his time wondering around socialising, shoving food in his mouth and playing kick. He had a wonderful time.

We had a fabulous turn out of family, friends and mother’s group families. Thank you all for making it so incredibly special.

Oh and here is the invite I made for the party. Inspired by Little Golden Books, I illustrated the cover and inside. Printed the invite on lovely old paper and used metallic gold washi tape to reproduce the LGB spine.