Last weekend, we celebrated Phoebe’s first birthday with a sunshine-y, snow cone-fueled pool party, appropriately themed “I  Summer.” When I got back the photos from my friend Wynn Myers, I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favorites. The many unforgettable moments from the day were tough to narrow down… but my favorite (by far), was seeing the big smile on Phoebe’s face as we sang “Happy Birthday” and she got to devour her first ever cupcake. Priceless. Click through for all the fun:

Phoebe tried to dive into the cake before any of her guests had arrived.

*dress by tucker + tate


Chanel made this simple, themed-out chalkboard that welcomed guests to the party (and had the added bonus of covering the TV…sneaky, right?)

What little (or big) girl doesn’t love to get her face painted? A simple kraft paper garland designated the face painting station, and most of the kids went for summery symbols like flowers, palm trees and butterflies. (Note to self: the 1-year-olds will hold still for about .5 seconds while getting their face painted… we’re gonna need a re-do on this for next year.)

Jenn designed the most perfect invitations that gave guests a taste of the summer fun in store. I got inspired by the shades of a summer sunset, and stuck to a gradient of pinks, oranges and yellows throughout the entire party.

We handed out iconic heart sunglasses to all the kids, and they were definitely the perfect cool-guy finishing touch to Sammy’s already-amazing outfit.

Raspberry limeade served in a huge beverage dispenser kept everyone cool and was a kid-friendly addition to the bar. Here’s how you make it: The night before, make raspberry ice cubes by dropping a couple of raspberries into each opening of an ice cube tray, cover with water and freeze. The day of the party, start by making simple syrup: In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a simmer, and let simmer for a couple minutes until sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and cool completely. Strain simple syrup into a large pitcher or dispenser with 1 cup cold water, 1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice and stir to combine. Add raspberry ice cubes and let guests serve themselves! (can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled!)

Since sweets were the main event at this afternoon party, I kept food pretty simple with a bunch of different salsas (my mom made this corn & roasted pepper one – delish!), vegetable crudité, herbed pestos, and homemade pita and tortilla chips. Pink dahlias were the perfect happy centerpiece.

Romance in the making… Phoebe is obviously a fan of the popped collar!

Our cake (from Polkadots here in Austin!) couldn’t have been more in line with the summer lovin’ theme of the party. We strung up a few garlands overhead that helped the cake take center stage.

Can y’all believe Phoebe is one? I feel like I was just announcing my pregnancy here on the blog! The past 12 months have been the most fun, laughter-filled months of my life, thanks to this girl. She truly gets sweeter and more hysterical everyday, and I can’t believe she’s starting to grow from a baby into a “little girl” right before my eyes…

With kids’ parties, there’s no need to go overboard – I’m a big fan of executing just a handful of creative little touches. When one motif is carried throughout them all, just a few fun details can pack a major punch. These bamboo spoons got dressed up with tiny hearts painted on the handles.

Snow cones!!! The truck pulled up mid-way through the party, and everyone dove in and made crazy sugary concoctions. It was my first snow cone of the summer (and Phoebe’s first snow cone ever) and it set the stage for a sugar-fueled rest of the afternoon.

Speaking of sugar… I couldn’t resist giving Phoebe her very own first cupcake on her birthday. I wish you guys could have seen her as everyone surrounded her, singing happy birthday. Her face went from total confusion, to a look that said, “Hey, everyone’s singing to ME… and I really like it!” I’m afraid we may have a drama queen on our hands.

In Austin, mid-August days leave no choice but to dive in the pool.

How darling are Lillie and Penny?

We used a simple heart-shaped rubber stamp dipped in neon ink to dress up plain paper cups.

All the rows of vibrant hearts covered an interior of luscious strawberry-flecked shortcake.

One thing I’ve learned since becoming a mom? An ample toy supply is a must-have at kids’ parties. I packed a picnic basket with bubbles, bouncy balls, waterguns and little animals to keep the babes entertained. Lillian dives into the stash.

Oh yeah, and the cupcake was an obvious hit.

photography by Wynn Myers

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Comments (37)
  1. 1
    apartmentwife August 16, 2013 at 7:14 am

    what a lucky girl phoebe is — this party looks like a ton of fun. i’ll wear heart-shaped sunglasses and nosh on salsa&cake any day.

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    Ana August 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Happy Birthday to Phoebe! Such a fun and stylish party! I love your denim shirt! May I ask where you got it from? 🙂

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    Amy August 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

    What a sweet and special party – Great job Camille! Looks like Phoebe and friends had a great time celebrating her first year.

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    Katie Meyers / Meyers Styles August 16, 2013 at 8:58 am

    What an adorable party, Camille… a perfect theme for any baby girl’s first BD! And, I can only imagine how much the kids (and adults!) loved the snow cone truck. 😉

    • Camille Styles August 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

      It really was one of the best parts of the party… I had totally forgotten what a big fan of snow cones I am! 😉

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    Supal {chevrons and éclairs} August 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Happy, happy birthday sweet Phoebe! I can’t believe it has already been 1 year! I feel like it was yesterday you posted that adorable video letting us know the great news 🙂 Also, seems like she’s going to be a beauty queen! xx

    • Camille Styles August 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Aww, thanks Supal! So sweet – thanks for following along on our little journey! xo

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    natashamlawler August 16, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Phoebe you are the cutest!! What a lovely party. Congrats Camille on the first year — it’s such a milestone.

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    Jessica Ellingsworth August 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Wynn captured it perfectly! And that cake was sooo delicious.

    • Wynn Myers August 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you so much! Lovely to meet you and your little one 🙂

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    Classiq August 16, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Happy birthday to Phoebe! She is the cutest! I can tell the party was a hit. 🙂

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    Kelly Bowman August 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Happy First Birthday Pheobe! I can’t believe she is already one! The party looks perfect, hope yall are doing well! xo

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    aleandtere August 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

    LOVE IT!!! so simple, elegant and made for a beautiful birthday girl. these are my favorite type of parties. i’ll do without the petting zoo and the pools and the clowns! this is perfect!

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    Maryn August 16, 2013 at 11:33 am

    You win the coolest mom of the year award! This party is amazing and your home is just beyond…

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    Alison August 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    happy bday, sweet phoebe!! and what a lovely party. such a lucky little lady. loved your touches with hearts!

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    Becky {this is happiness} August 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Such a sweet party Camille! Pheobe is so, so precious! Looks like a perfect first birthday!

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    Quyen August 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    So adorable! It looks like she had a lot of fun! I love kids parties that are not too themed and casual.

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    Anne Campbell August 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Yay for Kona Ice!!!!

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    chandra | oh lovely dayc August 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    such a cute party for a little that isn’t over-the-top (too many of those these days in my opinion!) these are cohesive, cool, and do-able details for a party thrown by a busy momma. and phoebe is a doll – congrats on your first year as a momma and happy birthday to your little girl! Oh, and Chanel – that sign is genius.

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    allison August 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Love everything! Source on the limeade dispenser?

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    Teresa August 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    She looks like Dad <3 And is fortunate to have Mum for the hints that will outstand the great looks 🙂 Happy Birthday Phoebe <3. Wonderful Party!

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    Shana August 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    What a fun party! I am planning my son’s first birthday party. Where did you get the wooden forks? I love the idea of putting a design on them!

    • Camille Styles August 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Thanks Shana! They’re from Party City. They actually have loads of bamboo party stuff!

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    Christie Crayton August 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    You are so amazing at this! May I ask you where the rug is from? Looking for a large one like this!

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} August 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    So fun! I love how her party turned out! XO

  22. 22
    Lotoya Vongrechin August 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Awwww this was the cutest 1st birthday ever. Love the snow cone truck it made me shout.

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    Angelica Golden August 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    What an adorable party for an adorable girl! Looks like everyone had a blast.

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    Nina Hoch September 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    All so beautiful and charming, the sofhie Phoebe is graceful, Congratulations! ?

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    Sally April 11, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Where is your beautiful outdoor furniture from?

    • Camille Styles April 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you!! It is all from Restoration Hardware!

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    Jenn June 9, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Where did you get the sunglasses from, please?