Sweet as a Southern Peach First Birthday

Event planner Hillary Yeager of Brocade Designs admits to dreaming about her daughter Emmaline’s first birthday since the day Emmaline was born. After deciding on the party’s theme, “Sweet as a Southern Peach,” Hillary’s goal became to throw a party that was enjoyable for both the children and the adults. She used light pastels, delicate floral arrangements, and a variety of desserts and beverages to create an elegant atmosphere of subtle sophistication that still its retained a fun, youthful feeling. 


I have always had a passion for planning parties from a young age and I’m an event designer by profession, so I wanted for each detail for the party to be as perfect as possible. I love creating an atmosphere that is detail-rich and entertaining for guests.


The inspiration for my daughter’s first birthday party came from her love of peaches. Once peach season hit, she couldn’t get enough. I knew instantly that I wanted to embrace her love for the fruit and use it as inspiration for her birthday party.I wanted to embrace a sweet, southern summertime feeling and make a party fit for little ones as well as their parents, so loaded up on details that satisfied the young and old. I created a Pinterest board to help keep track of ideas and concepts, and started to work on projects that would make her birthday party special. The party colors are mint, peach, ivory, butter and pale pink.


For Emmaline’s party, we transformed a beautiful hair salon (Dandelion Salon) into the perfect party space.


I divided the room into sections: the first section was for food and beverage, with the appetizer buffet on one side of the room along with a drinks station on the salon’s check in stand and a dessert buffet on the opposite side. I created a sort of lounge area with a scrapbook of important milestones in Emmaline’s first year, and each of the salon “stations” on the wall showcased framed images from Emmaline’s first year, along with florals and “E” themed decor. 


The birthday girl had her own backdrop for opening presents and taking photos, as well as the perfect space for digging into her smash cake.


Nashville Sweets created all the desserts for the dessert table, including a peach-and-mint themed dessert bar, complete with peach cake pops, mint macaroons, and artful cookies.

The Baked Equation created the adorable custom cookies.


For the beverages, we served a southern-style drinks station with Georgia Peach Sangria, Sweet Peach Tea, and a Peach-Bourbon punch. The Peach Truck provided fresh peaches for the event. 


Kristin Salaway created the party invitations, first birthday sign, and food and beverage signage.


We had a kids play area with a princess tent, coloring books, and pillows.


Each adult could participate in the scrap booking activity, and each guest was gifted with a Peach Truck peach boxed all pretty with a ribbon and tag. For the littles: their favor was a sweetly decorated cookie from The Baked Equation and a bottle of fresh milk. 

Text by Hillary Yeager
Photography by Jenna Henderson
Linens/Rentals from Southern Events