One of the cool kids

I am super-duper, totally, ridiculously, unbelievably thrilled that Ohdeedoh is featuring Baby Evan’s Carnival birthday party today! The creative, modern, brilliant ideas on their website always inspire me, even if I’m not creative, modern or brilliant enough to actually use any of them. I live in Connecticut, which invented  flea-markets-masquerading-as-antique-dealers.  I am totally not cool enough for pale wood furniture, minimalist design and funky colors. I’m really more of an antiquey, junky, cluttery kind of decorator, as evidence by my crowded bookcases, mismatched furniture and collection of chicken shaped candy dishes (come back Friday to see them). I am no where near stylish enough for any legitimate publication, unless someone publishes Useless Collections of Candleholders and Mirrors Monthly.

So when I submitted Evan’s first birthday to Ohdeedoh I had almost no hope of being selected. Most of the parties I’ve seen featured have been done by moms who just HAPPEN to be party planners or professional photographers or Etsy craft sellers too (check out this Fairy Garden Party or this Lego Party) – but I’m honored the editors liked my ideas! I’m so proud of myself and my friends who helped make such an amazing party possible, especially Amanda and her fantastic cake.

If you missed my birthday posts the first time, you can find them here.

Evan’s First Birthday: Photo Booth
Evan’s First Birthday: Friends
Evan’s First Birthday: Decorations
Evan’s First Birthday: Food

The photographs I used for the party were taken by Nina Benjamin of Nina Benjamin Photography here in Connecticut. She’s also the photographer partnered with Papoose, my favorite baby store so you can check out more of her work there if you happen to be in the area.

And check out these photos my BFF Erin took. She’s just started her own photography business in the Philadelphia area and did a fantastic job catching all the little details of my party. You can contact her at

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10 Responses to “One of the cool kids”

  1. Kim says:

    saw your party on ohdeeoh – had to come over and say how cute it was! I am glad to see you worked to make inexpensive look custom! All the details are adorable and I love the photo booth!

    Kim @
    party inspiration

  2. Amy says:

    Congrats! That is so awesome. I look at that site and just drool. Which I also did when you posted all of your party pictures. You fit right in.

  3. Aunt Katie says:

    So I looked at the other party links (garden fairy & lego) and yours is WAY better!
    Aunt Katie

  4. Amy says:

    Where did you get the 1st Birthday onesie? My daughter is turning 1 in a month and I was trying to figure out what to have her wear while eating her cake…if anything at all.


  5. bebehblog says:

    Amy – I bought it on clearance at Gymboree several months ago. I saw some more recently that had animals as well as the 1st Birthday letters but I think the one Evan’s wearing has been discontinued.

  6. I keep coming back to look at his party for inspiration! We aren’t doing a circus theme but, you sure did have some well executed ideas. Great job, again!!!

  7. casey says:

    I just adore those images of your boy on the mantle- where did you have those taken?

  8. casey says:

    Oooh thanks! Those are priceless!

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