You never know where party inspiration is going to come from. For local attorney, professor and photographer Danielle Cover, her daughter’s first birthday party was inspired by wooden cake numbers. Growing up in Germany, her family used them for birthdays year after year. She tucked them away in her cupboard and celebrating Ivy’s first birthday seemed like a perfect occasion to get them out.

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“I love the red and yellow flowers and decided I wanted something to coordinate with them,” said Danielle.

You might have guessed that Danielle is a pretty busy mom, with self-proclaimed party detail OCD. (Yeah, I may know a little bit about that myself. You, too? Knew we were in good company!). Smart enough to know she wouldn’t have the time to make signs or cupcake flags, she enlisted the help of PaisleyGreer. After emailing her a photograph of the cake number, Paisley created some oh-so-fabulous red and yellow custom decor items.

Owl Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Owl Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Owl Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Danielle also talked a lot about ideas with her friend (and favorite party planner!) Tracy Leaman of Events to a T. Especially about the favors.

“I was so tired of my 4 year old coming home from birthday parties with bags of tiny plastic toys that break immediately and cause serious pain when stepped on in bare feet,” said Danielle {editor’s note: totally appreciate this! me, too!}. “ Ultimately, I decided to make the favors little notebooks that could double as a craft at the party itself.  I ordered the yellow chevron bags from Pick Your Plum.  I made star shaped crayons using the tutorial I found on (cool) progeny and each bag got 3 crayons.  The clothespins came from Target and the paper flowers from Michael’s.  The notebooks I picked up in packs of 3 from Plaza Art downtown and put the first initial of each child’s name on the front cover.  Then, I took an antique wooden tool box (the one I usually keep my sewing stuff in), filling the compartments with foamy stickers (also purchased at Michael’s), letter stamps, stamp pads, and the like, leaving open a large compartment for trash.  It worked out perfectly.”

Owl Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Owl Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Totally agree. LOVE how these craft-turned-favors worked out!

Ivy — also known as the Little Bird — sported an adorable owl applique onesie designed by Gayle Jordan at One Stop Embroidery Shop. Paired with a tutu from Gymboree, the birthday girl was owl-decked out.

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And of course, her dress matched the cake baked by Danielle’s sister.

Owl Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Party supplies like napkins, table cloths and straws came from Dress My Cupcake, Target and family member’s closets. The party was a potluck so everyone brought a dish. Danielle and her husband supplied grill meats, tofu, and some drinks. Not having to make all the food made prep that much easier. Important with a busy schedule and two kids!

Owl Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

Owl Birthday Party - (cool) progeny

For entertainment,  Danielle  set up lots of things for the older children ~ the craft/favor table, a wading pool, and a blue bucket filled with red, yellow, and blue water balloons.  The kids had an epic water balloon battle on the front lawn.

“Note to self for the future,” said Danielle. “it takes a lot of time to set up for a water balloon fight, not a lot of time for the fight to be over, and a ridiculous amount of time to clean up all the balloon schnipples in the aftermath.”

What a beautiful party! Thanks for sharing, Danielle and happy first birthday, Ivy!

Photo Credit: Danielle Cover, Danielle Cover Photography