You Are My Sunshine Birthday Brunch

I have a confession to make. I was busy working on another blog post for today when I checked my “in” box and found this stunning 1st birthday party submission from photographer extraordinaire, Wendy Updegraff. I immediately hit “save” on the other post and got busy on this one! The party is for Wendy’s neice who turned one, and her talented mom created the cutest birthday brunch using the theme “You Are My Sunshine“. With all of the vibrant colors, playful fabrics & trims, and stylish food display I’m sure you will love this as much as I do.

The welcome sign in the top photo points guests to the pool area where brunch is served. There, they find all the usual breakfast menu items displayed in mini sizes and with lots of style. You’ll see the sun motif used in several locations: above the food table, part of the centerpiece on the seated table, and on the tote bags that hold favors.

I love the use of fabrics and ribbon with their mix-n-match patterns and colors. Mom even dressed up little Zoe’s high chair in a most adorable way!

Even the tablecloths look amazing! The layered cloth with ball fringe trim is gorgeous and sophisticated but still whimsical enough for a toddler’s party. Personalized tote bags were filled with bubbles, suncreen, and flower seeds for each little guests to take home. There were also specially wrapped cd’s for each family, that was a “rainy day music mix.”

Above is the cutest little one year old standing by her birthday sign, and the invitation that started it all. Every last detail is simply stunning.

Wendy and her family are obviously talented with an eye for detail.  To see more of her work check out the brightly colored baby shower for she threw for her sister (pregnant with Zoe) and the “Up!” birthday party she designed for her own daughter.

Happy Party Planning!

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. LOVE this! So bright and cheery! The invites are GORGEOUS!

  2. Too cute! Love all the details and bright colors.

  3. adorable!! Love all the colors!

  4. I remember when my daughter, Zoe, was turning one! Now she is in college! Keep your eyes open! It happens in the blink of any eye! Looks like a great party! Love the time capsule!


  5. Amazing party! Great details. LOVED the invitation. — very creative.

    Val @

  6. Love, love, love!! The invitations (&envelope) are gorgeous!! Who made them and the big banner matching the invites? The details are amazing!

  7. [email protected] says:

    would LOVE to know how to get the invitations and banner and sign over the high chair? were they custom made? LOVE IT ALL!

  8. Everything was just amazing..done with perfection .Zoe is really lucky to have a mom like that.

  9. Divya Merchant says:

    Love the theme! I am starting to plan my daughters first bday in March. Where did you get the tote bags and sun motif?

  10. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    Divya, I think most things were DIY, but you may want to contact Wendy {linked in post} to ask for sure. Hope that helps : )

  11. love it … how did you get those pancakes so perfectly sized??? i am hosting a party in a week and would love to figure this out.

  12. I am trying I figure out who I need to contact to see if I can get these invitations made or order them. Im doing a sunshine party for my daughters 1st birthday! Thank you for your help!

  13. Hi! I like your version of “bacon and eggs!” I’m doing a “Sunday Funnies” Poolside Brunch for my son’s first birthday in a few weeks. Do you mind sharing the recipe? Thanks!

  14. Any ideas or tips for how the pancake stacks were kept warm?! I love her presentation here and would like to do something similar with my upcoming brunch party, but love the look w/o a clunky warming tray or chafing dish.

    • Jenn, you can place them stacked on the dish & put in the oven set on it’s lowest temperature. Take them out when ready to serve.

  15. Can you tell me where you got those cute tote bags??

  16. I love everything about this post! Thanks so much for sharing.

  17. cathy Caballero (@cuttysark_roy) says:

    Hi, i love your sunshine birthday party theme. I love the mini pancakes and sandwich. Also the birthday invitations just perfect. Thank you for sharing!


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