Sareena’s 1st Birthday Party

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This post is long overdue, and after a much needed media break, I am officially back! Slowly bringing you more content as I find the time to sort through the plethora of photos and attempt to put my jumbled up thoughts into words. I’ll also be updating Sareena’s little blog as well!

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Sameer and I celebrated Sareena’s First Birthday Party on January 7, 2016 at Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica. Sareena’s first year was a very social one as we’ve made tons of friends with kids of all ages, but mostly babies her age. Most are born within months or weeks of her. Some even days apart! Each of these moms have been a part of my village; I’m so thankful for sharing our motherhood journey together. I’m glad Sareena gets to grow up with such a fantastic group of babies her age.

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We chose Shutters on the Beach as our venue because we wanted an outdoor feel to her party without it actually having to be outdoors since it was supposed to rain on that day. The fact that the rooms are literally on the beach made it perfect! Naturally, we made the theme of her party Mermaids Under the Sea. I wanted to keep the party fun yet classy at the same time, so I decided to keep the color palette to pastels.

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I collaborated with my friends Cyan Sattin of colorful parties, Francesca Blume, and my sister in law in planning the decor and details and they all helped me bring my Pinterest board to life! The florals exceeded my expectations and I was in such awe of the floral 1 Francesca created. There are no words to describe the talent my friend Cyan has when it comes to cake and dessert. She made everything herself, including the cake topper made of fondant! Seriously, how adorable is her mermaid cake? My sister in law Rati, brother and sister did some major work helping decorate the room the night before by creating the floating bubbles and hanging jelly fish.

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But the most fun (and most important) part of planning the party was the entertainment! It was challenging to find a mermaid who wasn’t the typical Ariel from Little Mermaid, so when the Los Angeles Princess Company offered a beautiful & unique Neverland mermaid, I was so excited! She worked out amazing, all the babies loved her. She entertained with some singing, games, & parachute play.

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The second entertainment we hired was a bubblologist, because if there’s one thing I know about Sareena and the other kids, they go crazy over bubbles! But this wasn’t an ordinary bubble show, they gave a mini science lesson so it appeals to adults as well as kids, and left us in awe over the crazy bubble shapes like a triangle, square, and several bubble tricks. The show concluded in giving people a chance to be inside a giant bubble! It was an excellent performance.

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We really wanted to do something special to celebrate Sareena’s 1st birthday. We just wanted it to be a fun day for everyone and kept it as an intimate party by keeping the invites to only our immediate family and our friends with babies, so kept it at a total of 60 guests.

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Venue: Shutters on the Beach
Cake & Desserts: Cyan Sattin
Florals: Francesca Blume
Theme: Mermaids Under the Sea
Neverland Mermaid: The Los Angeles Princess Company
Bubbleologist: Bubblemania

Photographer: Sanaz Photography


  • Violette

    You are such a cute family and your daughter is adorable! Happy birthday to her and I hope you all had a great birthday party!

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aww thank you so much, Violette! <3

  • Shannon V

    I can’t believe it’s already been a year! It’s crazy how fast time passes by when you have children! Looks like she had an amazing fairytale birthday party! I’m totally jealous! Happy Birthday Sareena!

    TFM Life & Style blog

    • Shveta Sontakey

      I know right!! I finally had the time to go through her birthday photos and to make a post (7 months later). Time does fly <3

  • Currently Wearing

    Ohhh, Sareena had the most beautiful birthday party I have seen! You are such a beautiful family. one can see how happy and content you are, Shveta.
    Have an amazing Thursday.

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aw thank you so much, Miri!! <3

  • Mariama Rebecca

    Awww your daughter is so pretty just like her mommy. Looks like you all had a very wonderful magical day.

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aww thank you so much! <3

  • MihaBalan

    Those pictures are amazing and omg the party looks like so much fun, especially the bubbles I wish I could play with them right now haha

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thank you so much! Bubbles are always fun! <3

  • Olivia Poncelet

    Such a lovely birthday!!! cute pics
    Have a wonderful day :-)

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thank you, Olivia! <3

  • Amber Baker

    This is so sweet, and the photos are gorgeous! Happy belated first birthday to Sareena!

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aw thank you, Amber! <3

  • Emily

    Awh such a sweet family! Love the decorations, so cute.
    Isn’t That Charming.

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aw thank you, Emily! <3

  • Laura Marie

    Sareena is SO SO cute, how beautiful and absolutely love your photographs! Happy 1st Birthday to her it looks like you all had a wonderful time celebrating.

    You look beautiful and so happy!

    Laura xo

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aww thank you, Laura!! <3

  • Ashley White

    Omg, what an incredible party- and I cannot believe Sareena is already 1! She’s so gorgeous, just like her mama!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aw thank you, Ashley!

  • Kris

    This looks like the prettiest party I’ve ever seen! Lovely photos!

    Have an amazing day!

    xx Kris

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aww thank you, Kris!

  • Laura Jane Atelier

    What a beautiful party, I love that cake

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thanks, Laura!

  • Meri Wild

    Awwww, how cute photos! This party looks so perfect <3

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thanks, Meri! <3

  • Mercy

    How pretty is this post. Looks like you had a blast on her birthday party. She is too adorable!

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thank you! <3

  • Ladyofashion

    What a beautifully decorated party. Sareena is adorable as well. Wishing you the best weekend. /Madison

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thanks, Madison! <3

  • Amy Ann Arnold

    Looks like it was a beautiful and very special day! I love all the pretty decorations. You are a beautiful family!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aw thank you, Amy! <3

  • Siffat Haider

    Her first birthday was fit for a princess. That floral one and those cupcakes? I mean, I wouldn’t mind that for my next birthday!

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thanks, Siffat! <3

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    OMG these photos are beautiful, Shveta! Sounds like an amazing ONE year old birthday party.
    Your daughter is a real sweetheart! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Have a fabulous
    weekend ahead!
    Much love, Len

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aw thanks, Len! <3

  • CoRina Culeva

    Congrats on Sareenas first birthday! She is gorgeous!
    It looks like you’ve all had a wonderful party!

    xo Corina

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thanks, Corina! <3

  • Cielo Fronteras

    Amazing photos! Happy Birthday to Sareena! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thanks, Cielo! <3

  • Yasmin Hakim

    Wow the photographs are gorgeous! And this party is so dreamy. Love all the details. Your friend who made the cake is super talented. And that 1 is certainly so cute. Happy Birthday Sareena!

    xx Yasmin

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aw thanks, Yasmin! <3

  • Rachel @thedailyluxe

    Oh my goodness what a beautiful party!!! Sareena is growing up so fast- can’t believe that she’s already one.

    Rachel xx

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thanks, Rachel! I know time flew!! <3

  • C A M I

    She is so lucky to have amazing parents that throw this party for her. I adore the decorations!

    My Vogue Style |

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thanks, Camila! We feel so lucky to be her parents! <3

  • Jessica

    What a lovely family! I love the theme on her birthday, really fit for a princess.

    Jessica |

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thank you, Jessica! <3

  • Gabrielle

    Oh my gosh, how I’ve missed your blog! The styling of your daughter’s first birthday is so beautiful and ethereal; and the photography is perfection. The floral number 1 is adorable, ah!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Aww thank you, Gabrielle!! I’m happy to be back. Slowly but surely!

  • Naomella

    Oh Sareena is so lovely! Your first birthday party looks amazing! Really fabulous! We are going to celebrate in November the first birthday of our little baby girl, huh, time is flying. Thanks for sharing all this beautiful photos with us! Looking forward to more blogposts like this! Happy you are back blogging my dear! xoxo

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thanks, Naomella! Time truly does fly! <3

  • Deborah Ferrero

    Oh wow! Sareena’s birthday looks so dreamy and perfect for a little princess like her. It feels like all the color scheme and the theme and the cuteness blended together beautifully It really does look a memorable lovely birthday party. <3

    • Shveta Sontakey

      aw thanks, Deb!

  • Natassia Crystal

    Great pics! Looks like a lovely day! Gorgeous family! :)

    Twitter | Blog: Geekette in High Heels | Instagram

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thanks, Natassia!

  • Whitney V

    Oh wowwww I can’t believe she’s 1 already, I remember when you were pregnant! She’s stunning and her 1 years old celebration was a dream, sending you all my love and best wishes xoxo

    With love from London,

    • Shveta Sontakey

      Thank you for your wishes, Whit! <3