somewhere over the rainbow | a first birthday party {part one} | olive june

somewhere over the rainbow | a first birthday party {part one}

during my road trip with the boys in august to the midwest, we celebrated both my mom's birthday and my niece, leona's first birthday. my sister and i worked together to make her cincinnati party a fun 'somewhere over the rainbow' gathering; an afternoon spent with friends. over the years, i have fallen in love with all of their friends in cincy- they are amazing. sweet baby girl is a 'rainbow baby' ... so when we found these cute invites in june, we decided the theme was perfect.

for leona's birthady, i propose a toast! a toast to leona rose, our one-year-old. a toast to a healthy, joyous little girl, who makes us smile so much our cheeks hurt. to a little girl who makes us melt with that little head full of curls. to her- a reminder that my sister is strong and resilient and a fighter for all that she loves and all that is important. a toast to her soulful brown eyes - may they continue to shine throughout the year ahead. 

mustard tutu | the spotted goose
if you are ever in cincinnati, you have to check out this shop. it's in the oakley neighborhood and is just so adorable.
the decor + dessert table
she loves my boys so much
a rose gold 1 balloon + confetti balloon (amazon)
a box of crayons was the favor for each kid - along with all starbursts and skittles
"thanks for making my special day more colorful. with love, leona rose"
we wanted to keep things really simple- but i love, love these favor bags
the white roses are the symbol for my grandma, leona 
(my aunt wrote a poem about how the white rose reminds her of such a beautiful woman)
a local bakery made the gorgeous cake + the topper is from etsy
he has already grown so much since then... my adorable date for the day. he was so chill and received so many snuggles. my dear college friend, katie (one of my favorite people ever) came to the party at the last minute and was so helpful. gosh, i love her.
i miss her so much- all the time.
paper products | meri meri (i adore this brand!)
smash cake | whole foods 
candle rainbow topper | meri meri 
hat | etsy
my sister's house is stunning and so cozy 
and that bar over there... lots of cocktails were made over in that corner
(my brother-in-law is gourmet in the kitchen and loves to use fresh watermelon juice during the summer months for drinks)
the cloud napkins made me happy
the rice krispy treats had rainbow sprinkles on them and the vintage xylophone was purchased for 25 cents at a garage sale in my hometown. and i always love to add a few photos/frames to the table to make it more personal.
nash's first time wearing a little dress shirt - made his momma melt.
the rainbow stacking toy | amazon
her dad is one of the best - and she feels his love.
over labor day we had a pool party/birthday celebration in my parent's backyard
i will share those details soon ... it was another wonderful time for our birthday girl
shoes | olive june . dress | piper and scoot . necklace | twine and twig
hope you enjoyed the details of her special day
and always here if you have any questions about the event
we had so much fun together!


  1. I LOOOOOVE the theme and how you guys tied it in!!!! I am planning my little girl's first bday for October, and we went with a pumpkin patch theme...we'll see how it turns out! haha!

    1. you are so sweet! thank you :) we had the best time and i am all about a pumpkin patch birthday party for kids- i hope it goes well!! i am sure it will be awesome. xo