A 1st Birthday Brunch for Big Kids

Here’s the thing, first birthdays are inherently a big deal, but we all recognize that the tot of the hour probably won’t remember the invitation font, cake flavor, or any of the other day-of details for that matter. In sum, it’s safe to assume that a first birthday is just as much about the parents as it is the child. Sure, your kid may look back fondly on family  photo albums and eventually be thankful for some killer #TBT content, but that’s pretty much it. So go ahead and celebrate this milestone however you please. And why not? You’ve been super busy busting your butts, this rings especially true for new parents. You’ve had your fair share of special “firsts” as well these past 12 months! And if you’re looking for a way to bridge the gap between photo-worthy celebratory bash and care-free casual get-together we have a crazy-simple solution.

For their daughter’s recent first birthday, Riley & Grey Cofounder Marissa and her husband Casey just did the same thing they can be found doing on any given weekend: catching up with friends or family over golden runny eggs and savory sauces. They hit up their favorite backyard Brooklyn spot, for a baby-friendly grown-up birthday brunch. A restaurant brunch has the same sense of occasion as a sit-down dinner without the formality, and planning this particular party involved minimal DIY with maximum impact. Easy assembly, applying to toys and events alike, is kind of a must for parents of wee ones.  Oversized balloons, bodega-picked mason jar min-bouquets, and a birthday down made for aesthetically inclined, low-maintenance party props. Meanwhile, a drool-inducing menu of on brisket egg sandwiches, red wattle and pork poached eggs with salsa verde on cheddar grits, and sourdough strawberry pancake had guests soulfully satiated.

And let’s be real, who doesn’t like brunch?


The Details… 

Photography: Tanya Salazar 

Flowers: DIY (really, gathered from a nearby bodega)

Birthday crown: Oeuf

Jungle print set: Gap Kids

Sandals: Saltwater Sea Wees

Balloons: Balloon Saloon

Flowers: DIY (really, gathered from a nearby bodega)

Venue: Vinegar Hill House

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