Classic First Birthday Party

Well, hello there! It has been awhile since you have heard from me but I’m back and recommitting to my blog. Think I will catch you up to speed on some of the fun we had in 2015! We celebrated Harlowes first birthday- what a milestone! I have now experienced first-hand the emotions and tremendous joy that comes along with celebrating the first twelve months with your little one.


Here are some of the details of our celebration

We opted for a intimate family affair, 17 guests.

We held the party mid-afternoon, offering a simple menu of birthday cake and a few special sweets. This is also keeps your party within a reasonable budget.


Invitations set the tone for the event with baby blue stripes, a script font and our sweet boys silhouette. All tied together with a thin satin ribbon.

Party Theme? Soft blue and yellow color palette kept the event sweet and “baby”–celebrating his first 12 months of life.


I thoroughly enjoyed hand-crafting pom poms for party hats Lolly and I made.

Guests enjoyed a soft blue ruffled cake in key lime almond flavor (the same flavor that was served at our wedding nearly 10 years prior). To avoid sugar, we opted to skip the “smash cake” and Harlowe was tickled to eat watermelon.
Garden chairs and floor-length table linens created a clean palette for styling this event. Oversized white balloons also filled the celebration space with white. I used wide satin ribbons to tie them to the back of chairs.


Sigh… it’s nearly time to plan a second birthday party. As they say, they grow up too fast!


General Tipping Guidelines

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Tipping is a customary way of showing appreciation for services. Below are general tipping guidelines for the most common times tipping is expected:


Restaurant Check: 15-20% – Gratuity is usually included for groups of six or more

Home Delivery: 10% – in bad weather 15%

Take Out: No obligation; 10% for extra service or a large, complicated order

Bartender: $1-2 per drink or 15-20% of the tab

Tipping Jars: No obligation; tip if you are provided a little something extra or if you are a regular customer.


15-20% split among the people who provided you with service


Bellhop: $2 first bag, $1 per additional bag

Taxi driver: 15-20% of the fare

Doorman: $1-$4 for carrying luggage. $1-$2 for hailing cab.

Housekeeper: $2-$5 per day- left daily with a note marked “Housekeeping – Thank you”

Concierge: No obligation for answering questions. $5-10 for tickets or restaurant reservations. $15 for hard-to-get tickets or reservations.


Restroom Attendant: $1

Valet: $2-$5 when car is returned to you.

Coat Check: $1-$2 per item

Remember, a tip is not a substitute for thanking a person for a service received. The tip and the thank you go hand in hand!

Tips of The Hat

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Tips of The Hat

Until the 1950s, it was quite unusual for a gentleman to leave the house without a hat. Since that time, the practice has seen a decline.

But as fashion comes full-circle and recent trends show hats are back, this renaissance is creating a quandary for a generation of men and boys who grew up without learning hat-wearing etiquette.

Here are a few tips to explain the basics: When talking hat language, to don a hat means to put it on. To doff a hat means to take it off. To tip a hat means touching the brim with index finger and thumb to slightly lift the hat.



At athletic events

On public transportation

In public buildings such as post offices, airports, and hotel or office lobbies

On elevators


In someone’s home

At mealtimes, at the table

While being introduced (indoors or out)

In a house of worship

Indoors at work (unless required for the job)

In public buildings such as a school, library, courthouse or town hall

At a movie or any indoor performance

When the national anthem is played

At funerals and as funeral processions pass by

When the United States flag passes by, as in a parade

When coming into the presence of a dignitary of either gender


To “say” to anyone, male or female: Thank you, Excuse me, Hello, Goodbye, You’re welcome or How do you do?

It may seem as though there is a lot to take in; however, if in doubt, you can always err on the side of caution and remove your hat. Even in today’s casual culture, that remains a sign of respect.