bryant & hudson turn 1


I can't believe my babies turned 1 last month. It's official, my boys are now toddlers.

First birthday parties are not really for the birthday child... children in our case. It's more for the parents to celebrate the fact that we survived the first year. Gary and I not only survived the first year, but the first year with twins (and a 3-year old). And celebrated we did! With lots of food, friends, and family!

The party was held at one of our favorite local restaurants, Lincoln. They did a beautiful and delicious job with the catering. The menu was both kid- and parent-friendly with lots of healthy options.

Just thinking about the cakes makes me so happy. The cakes turned out exactly as I had envisioned with the personalized toppers and city skyline. They were extra special because it was a collaboration with two of my mama friends. The cake was made by our talented pastry chef friend and the cake topper was designed by another good friend of ours, Jody from my baby olive juice.

With Austin's first birthday, I went all out... basically handmade everything possible. So, with the twins' I wanted to do the same. It just wouldn't be fair, if I didn't make some effort. But with three in tow, it was hard to fulfill my ambitions.

The theme of the party was New York City. If you didn't know, Bryant and Hudson were named after landmarks of my birth city, as Austin was named after Gary's birth city.  NYC was also where Gary and I met and got married. There is just so many ties for us, so it was obvious to throw a party with the theme.

With half the guests being kids under 5, I wanted to make it playful and inviting. I created a mini city by repositioning some Ikea market stands into a newsstand, a cupcake shop, a tattoo parlor, and a pizzeria. Gary even put together a special edition newspaper featuring the birthday boys.

Its so hard to believe with so many weeks of planning, a party like this is over within a couple of hours. Thanks to all our friends and family who were able to come celebrate with us and our boys.

Photos by Sadaf Murad Photography


  1. Wow, what a lovely and detailed party!! Those repurposed Ikea market stands are so creative and must have been lots of fun for the kids. (I was searching for felt garland tutorials and ended up on your blog. I have twins too...about to turn three years old!)

    1. Hi Lisa, thank you for the kind words. Yay for twins! Happy early birthday to your little ones.


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