Milestone Events


My little boy Augustus was one last year, and I couldn’t possibly let the occasion pass by without at least a little celebration could I?! Actually what I love about first birthdays is that the smalls aren’t too bothered about lots of friends and party games at that age, so it’s just as much a gathering for the parents, friends and family who surround them with love (and a raising of glasses to “hey we made it one whole year”!).

For Augustus I decided to host a brunch party in his honour – at a local cafe Boston Tea Party – and the decor somewhat dictated the design plan and theme thereafter. Though we do nickname him Augie Bear, so it was a nod to that too!

I created a black and white grizzly woodland bear themed birthday party – complete with bespoke invites created by Hip Hip Hooray, who also made me matching place mats, mini bunting for the high chair, and signage. I asked them to create some mini wish cards too, as I completely forgot to fill them in for his time capsule at his naming day (far too much champagne and rose, oops… better as a planner than a host it seems!).

I asked the ever so lovely Marie Green to make me a birthday cake with bark inspired icing, which I then topped with a mini bear figurine, mini succulent and a single black and white candle. Marie also made me the most delicious cookies as party favours too.

Around the tables I placed succulents I picked up myself, as well as mini woodland figurines and colouring activities for the older kiddies. I also decorated the space with black & white marble effect balloons, black paper circle garlands, bark effect paper straws, and a mix of bark or black check paper napkins. I also made a mini crown out of pipe cleaners!

Both Augie and Flora’s outfits were mostly from UK store Monkey McCoy – the little black Amy & Ivor moccasins are my faves, and has only just grown out of them!

Huge thanks to Sarah Hannam for capturing all the details!


I was delighted that this secret garden and Beatrix Potter inspired naming day celebration I created for my baby boy was featured on the beautiful and inspiring 100 Layer Cakelet blog recently – and so forever grateful to the cast of vendors who helped me make it so special {scroll down to the bottom for credits}.

The venue really was my inspiration for the design plan – the grounds and gardens are just magical, and I was so blessed to be able to host the ceremony outside by the beautiful lake with the most incredible water feature as a backdrop. I hope the set of images below show you just how important it is to have an amazing photographer not only for your wedding day, but for all the other special moments in your life. It’s worth every penny!

For more information on luxury celebrations and kids party planning, as well as styling for family portraits and newborn shoots, please visit JESSIE KIDS and contact Jessie directly for a consultation.

Photography: Katie Julia / Venue: Cowley Manor / Planning & Design: Jessie Thomson / Flowers: Georgia Westwood at Westwood Design / Stationery: Hip Hip Hooray / Cake: Curtis & Co / Celebrant: Diana at Grace The Day

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