Last week we celebrated Phoebe’s half birthday… I can’t believe our darling girl is 6 months old! The other day I read a quote that said “The days are long, but the years are short,” and boy is that true with a baby. Some days (especially if she’s having a fussy afternoon) the hours seem to creep by…but then I turn around and we’re witnessing another milestone and I can’t believe that she has her first tooth / is starting to crawl / has outgrown yet another set of clothes. I wanted to celebrate her first sort of-birthday by hosting a little party with her grandparents and Chanel & Jenn (since they’re her “best friends” right now.) Nothing fancy – just some colorful decorations that we DIY’d in a few hours, big slices of cake and glasses of bubbly for toasting. My mom made the most luscious white chocolate & raspberry half birthday cake, which was the centerpiece of the afternoon (recipe below.) It had been way too long since I’d eaten cake before dinner! I’m realizing that becoming a mom has renewed my desire to celebrate life’s little moments and not let them pass by without fanfare, no matter how busy things may seem. There’s almost always time to put forth even just a little effort to make these types of moments special, and having this little party surrounded by the people who most adore Phoebe gave me the best feeling. Couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favorite snapshots…

Did I mention that this cake and its layers of white chocolate, lightly-sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries were positively to-die-for? The simple secret to making a half-cake: bake 2- 9″ layers then split in half crosswise. Stack, layering whipped cream and strawberries between the layers. (Told ya it was simple.) Chanel made the most adorable cake topper garland, using 2 striped straws and a tiny felt bunting stamped with “P-H-O-E-B-E.”

Phoebe’s definitely at the age where everything finds its way to her mouth, including her half-birthday cards.

I recycled the yarn pom flowers from this shoot to make festive pom pom bouquets, which I think are even more charming than the real thing for this type of soirée. Get the DIY details here.

And I even fastened some of the poms into a mini garland for Phoebe’s highchair.

Kid-friendly place settings! We cut kraft paper into rectangular placemats, then used neon pink tape to add a border on each side. Disposable bambu plates get dressed up with decorative washi tape cut to spell “1/2.”

We cut tons of homemade confetti from sheets of pink and orange tissue paper, then folded it up and stuffed it into balloons before filling with helium. Cute, right? This is an easy party trick I have a feeling I’m going to be pulling out again and again…

Phoebe with her adoring grandmothers (my mom on the left, Adam’s on the right)… we’re so lucky to have both sets of parents in town, and I’m incredibly thankful that Phoebe gets to spend tons of quality time with them as she grows up.

Do any of you guys celebrate half-birthdays? I don’t know if I’ll go beyond this first one, but it sure was fun…and I’m always up for finding an extra excuse to party! And here’s the recipe for that cake…

White Chocolate Berry Cake

  • 4 ounces white chocolate
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries

for the whipped cream:

  • 1 quart heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. ?Melt chocolate and water. Mix until smooth. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. ?In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in chocolate. Add alternately buttermilk and flour mixture, beating well after each addition.
  3. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and gently fold into batter.
  4. Line the bottom of three 9 inch round cake pans with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and remove cakes from pans.
  6. For the whipped cream frosting, beat all ingredients until stiff.
  7. Layer cake all over with frosting and fresh berries. Top it off with the leftover fresh berries and white chocolate shavings.

*recipe from bread winners cafe

**photos by camille

 

 

43 comments
  1. 1
    Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting | February 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    This is the cutest. I am overwhelmed with all of these gorgeous details!!!

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  2. 2
    Heidi | February 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    What a darling idea! I love the table decor and i can’t believe your little cutie pie is already 6 months old! What a sweet family you have.

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    • Camille Styles | February 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks ladies… y’all are so sweet. We are having a blast with her!!

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  3. 3
    Lindsay {Everistta} | February 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Absolutely precious! I need to have a half (6 month) birthday for my little man. Such a cute idea! It’s so true, I can’t believe how fast the months are flying by!

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    Ruchis | February 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    My favorite are the clear balloons with the confeti inside! Super cute!

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    • Camille Styles | February 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Ruchis – it was so cute and easy, I can’t believe I’ve never done it before! And since we made the confetti ourselves, it’s so simple to customize for any party theme and color palette.

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    Pam | February 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    The shot of her tiny feet on the table is adorable.

    I love the idea of filling the balloons with confetti – I just could never figure out how to stretch the openings single-handedly!

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  6. 6
    Kathryn | February 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    How has it already been 6 months?! Happy Half Birthday Phoebe!

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  7. 7
    Lisa | February 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Everything turned out so sweetly! That little girl is just the best 🙂

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    Phoebe | February 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Happy 1/2 Birthday, Phoebe! She has an awesome name, if I do say so myself… :o)

    I love those confetti balloons!

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    Gina at Willow Day | February 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Absolutely adorable! I love your color scheme! We, too, always celebrated 1/2 birthdays for our(December) born daughter until she was 5. It’s easy to see that every day is special in your house!

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    Letitia Elizabeth | February 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, Phoebe is so precious! I am dying to be your daughter now too 🙂
    By the way, the pom pom high chair…to die for. Your style shines through everything you do. Love it. One of my favorite brands for a reason!

    xoxo

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    todaloos | February 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Happy half to Phoebe! I’d never heard of celebrating a half bday before. Such a cute idea and I love that you did half a cake. Everything looks perfect. And what stylish grandmas Phoebe has.

    🙂
    mikky
    http://www.todaloos.com

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  12. 12
    Jilly | February 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    These photos are adorable and I absolutely loved the confetti in balloons idea. Would it work without hellium?

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  13. 13
    Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. | February 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    How fun! I love any reason to celebrate and a half birthday is as good an excuse as any 😉

    xo,
    Ashley

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | February 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    What an adorable 1/2 birthday party! These photos are so sweet and I love her big blue eyes! God bless her today and always! XOXO

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | February 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    By the way…that cake looks amazing! Any cake with whip cream and strawberries is on the top of my list! Yumm!

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    Quinn | February 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Your daughter is beautiful! LOVE the confetti in the balloons. I am going to use that for my baby girl’s first b-day next month.

    Great color combo too!
    cheers!
    Quinn

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/potluckstore

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    Lisa | Happy By | February 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I’m feeling a little dumb over here, but it’s the first time I hear of celebrating a half birthday and face-palm-ing myself. Such a genius idea. I always look for reasons to celebrate and it would be lovely to do this when I have children one day. Thank you for the idea, for sharing your beautiful DIY celebration and give Phoebe a kiss with the kindest wishes in. May her life be a continuous celebration!

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  18. 18
    natashamlawler | February 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Happy half birthday to the sweetest little love ever! Loved your pics with your grandmas !!

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  19. 19
    Kerry | February 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    What a cute idea! Love the pom poms on the high chair

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  20. 20
    katherine sandoz | February 20, 2013 at 5:40 am

    that is one CUTE family!

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  21. 21
    grace hope | February 20, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Love the idea 1/2 birthday supper fun and cute! This weekend I’m hosting Parisian style DIY birthday brunch. I made a black and white pom-pom garland and black and white mini bunting for the sweet table. I have also found the cutest Parisian paper cute outs all black and white.

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    this little nine... | February 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

    We did do a half birthday for Antonio. It was back in Halloween, so we carved him a baby pumpkin then let him smash into a small cake

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  23. 23
    Mariah | Oh, What Love Studios | February 20, 2013 at 9:55 am

    This party is too cute – and I love that people still celebrate half birthdays. Love the confetti balloons!

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  24. 24
    Amy | February 20, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Happy 1/2 birthday to little Phoebe!!!! 6-12 months was one of my favorite ages.

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  25. 25
    Mary Sanavia | February 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Lovely party! congratulations 😀

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  26. 26
    meg biram | February 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    So much cuteness going on! Love that little girl!

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    Leslie | February 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Actually , yes I still celebrate my daughter’s 1/2 b-day, and she’s turning 20 this year. It falls right before Christmas and we use it as an excuse to throw a Christmas cookie party. After she went off to college, I thought it would end but the girls begged me to dust off the cookie cutters this past Xmas… so maybe one day soon my daughter will take over??
    Enjoy!

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  28. 28
    Lotoya Vongrechin | February 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Awwww this was so cute. Pheobe is a doll baby.

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  29. 29
    Michelle Torres | February 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    This is such a Beautiful party! I always love the idea of putting tissue paper inside of balloons, so so pretty! Your lil girl is so precious!!!!

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    Jessica | July 10, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Oh my goodness, how sweet! I love the idea of a half birthday and completely agree with the sentiment about the days being long and the years being short. It feels like my now 2-year-old was just born. I’m not sure it will ever sink in that I’m the mom of a little boy now. 😉

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    itsemmaelise | March 27, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    That half-cake does look to die for! Your confetti balloons are super cute! I used to keep track of my half birthday when I was a kid, but always forget it now-a-days.

    ?emma
    http://www.itsemmaelise.com

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    Teresa { Life and Renovations} | January 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    This is so adorable! I’m expecting a baby girl in March and I’ve already started pinning 1st birthday ideas…now I’m going to start a 1/2 birthday board. You’re daughter is precious and this party looks fantastic:)

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    Kate Smith | April 21, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Camille, my daughter is ready for a high chair. Where did you get this one? Thanks, Kate

    Reply
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