Maybe it’s an only child thing, but I’ve always had a special place in my heart for stuffed animals. These cuddly and reliable pals from childhood can be great vehicles for a young imagination — and an especially cute, well-made toy makes for great nursery dressing as well. That’s why I kind of flipped out over the stuffed animal-inspired first birthday party Martha Stewart recently hosted for her granddaughter, Jude. Camille loves it, too, (it’s in the same color palette as Phoebe’s nursery!) and of course we’re already obsessing over planning the big First Birthday. See more after the jump…

Martha looked to classic stuffed animals from Steiff as the inspiration for Jude’s party and used the actual toys to create a decorative runner for a long table. The darling cake features little marzipan animals, which Martha also shares the DIY for on her site! It actually looks like a fairly simple and fun project.

I think these would make great toppers for cupcakes as well. What a simple and sweet themed party idea for a baby or toddler. These moments go by fast for parents (we can’t believe Phoebe is already over a month old!), so we think it’s a good thing to celebrate them. Do you have any cute theme ideas for a baby’s first birthday? Share them with us in the comments section!

*images via Martha Stewart


  1. 1
    Victoria | September 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Adorable. Love the color scheme and all those cute little animals.

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    Michele Westrick (lovely notes) | September 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I am obsessed with this party. I don’t think I ever outgrew stuffed animals and love them as decorative details here. Perfect color palette too!

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    Emily | September 25, 2012 at 2:44 am

    That is one fabulous cake.

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    Carolyn | September 25, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Seems kinda precious for a one-year old’s birthday party. Beautiful as a picture perfect photo shoot perhaps but doesn’t exactly inspire laughter and carefree joy. When my babies turned one, our parties featured simple, kid-friendly refreshments, old-school games like pin-the-tail on the donkey, and a bright, riotously-colored pinata full of goodies. Martha wouldn’t have approved.

    • Camille Styles | September 25, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Ha! You might be right… but it sounds just PERFECT to me!! 🙂

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    Laura Trevey | September 25, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Okay, those animals are the cutest, ever!

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    ComfyCozyCouture | September 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Oh my gosh…this is the most adorable 1st birthday party! I love all of the animals, a fabulous theme! Leave to Martha to come up with such a fabulous theme! And I am giving away a gorgeous Anton Heunis necklace on my blog- enter if you get a chance!! XOXO

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    Maria from Tickled Pink | September 26, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Very chic and stylish – kind of grown up! I actually think it no big deal if the first birthday is “grown-up friendly” – from the second birthday, the birthdaygirl/boy should probably have a say in the theme though:)

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    Ailee | September 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    This post is amazing! I love the adorable little animals, and the step-by-step pictures of how to recreate them. Martha is so talented.

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