Photos by Laurie Stewart Photography
When it came time to plan their daughter’s first birthday, Tathi and Matthew chose to host the celebration at the famous Dentzel Carousel in Meridian. “The carousel is not only a beautiful place to have a birthday party but it also holds so much history and we wanted isabella to be part of it,” Tathi explains.
Originally from Brazil, Tathi went to Southeast Lauderdale High School as an exchange student and later returned to the States to attend Mississippi State University. Her husband, Matthew was born and raised in Meridian. “The carousel is also a special place to my husband since he grew up playing at Highland Park,” Tathi shares.
Once the location was selected, the party grew from there. Tathi tells us, “I was able to find a DIY carousel party package that had pretty much everything I needed, all I had to do was put it all together.” Madison Design Shop’s party package and invitation added a modern touch to the historic setting. The colors blended perfectly with the gorgeous carousel, creating a light and magical first birthday.
Isabella donned a precious pink and white tutu dress as she rode the carousel – her favorite part of the party! A custom chalkboard by Golden Anchor Designs displayed the birthday girl’s measurements, milestones, and favorite hobbies and foods.
A beautiful bow of mint green, gold and pink balloons framed the carousel-themed tablescape. “The balloon arch is something very popular for birthday parties in Brazil,” Tathi explains. Her family was able to come in from Brazil to take part in the celebration.
Guests enjoyed cake pops, cupcakes, popcorn, cookies, chocolate mousse, fruit, chips, pizza, cotton candy and of course, birthday cake. The beautiful cake and carousel cookies were created by Church Street Cakery in Newton. Laura Crocker of Meridian made the precious “1” cookies.
The carousel served as a beautiful backdrop for a fun first birthday filled with family, friends, food and laughter!
CAKE & CAROUSEL COOKIES Church Street Cakery, Newton • “1” COOKIES Laura Crocker, Meridian • DIY PARTY PACKAGE & INVITATION Madison Design Shop, Etsy.com • CHALKBOARD Golden Anchor Designs, Etsy.com • CAROUSEL HORSE CUPCAKE TOPPERS FiestaBella, Etsy.com • CAROUSEL TUTU DRESS Tickle Pants, Etsy.com