February 2014

Month: February 2014

Miss Evangeline First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

Communion Dresses for Girls: Communion 2014, Part 1

Communion 2014 at One Small Child showcases a lovely range of white communion dresses for girls, featuring a variety of styles in rich satin, whisper sheer organza, and lightweight taffeta. Trimmings include pretty fabric flowers, glowing pearls, tiny hints of sparkling sequins, and dainty laces. The dresses are stunning on their own, but don’t forget the accessories! You’ll find beautiful veils, shoes, hosiery, jewelry and so much more on the site to complete her special ensemble (items not linked below will be available in the next few days!).

It’s always fun to see our products in the settings they’re intended for. These sweet girls smiled and twirled and posed like pros, we hope you enjoy our Communion images as much as we did creating them for you!

First Communion Dresses for Girls | One Small Child

{Miss Ava Dress, Organza Jacket, Miss Pearl Dress, Miss Lauren Dress}

Miss Pearl First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

{Miss Pearl Dress, Venise Cross Bible, Cross Ruffle Socks, Anna Shoes}

Miss Ava First Communion Dresses Jacket Headwrap | One Small Child

{Miss Ava Dress, Organza Jacket, Organza Lace Socks, Nancy Shoes}

Miss Pearl First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

{Miss Pearl Dress}

Miss Lauren First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

{Miss Lauren Dress, Dew Drop Veil, Opaque Tights, Nancy Shoes}

First Communion Dresses for Girls | One Small Child

{Miss Hanna Dress, Lace Mantilla Veil, Miss Kodie Dress, Pleated Satin Jacket, Roll-Edge Veil}

Miss Kodie First Communion Dresses + Jackets, Veils and More at One Small Child

{Miss Kodie Dress, Pearl Hairpins, Crystal Bow Socks, Nancy Shoes, Roll-Edge Veil}

Miss Hannah First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

{Miss Hannah Dress, Lace Mantilla Veil}

Miss Natalie First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

{Miss Natalie Dress, Beaded Lace Headwrap, Organza Ruffle Socks, Nancy Shoes}

Miss Amanda First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

{Miss Amanda Dress, Cross Fascinator HeadbandOpaque Tights, Anna Shoes}

First Communion Dresses for Girls | One Small Child

{Miss Mallory Dress, Miss Stacie Dress, Miss Evangeline Dress}

Miss Danielle First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

{Miss Danielle Dress, Beaded Lace Headwrap, Organza Lace Socks, Nancy Shoes}

Miss Evangeline First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

{Miss Evangeline Dress, Opaque Tights, Nancy Shoes}

Miss Danielle First Communion Dresses | Portrait Ideas at One Small Child

{Miss Danielle Dress, Beaded Lace Headwrap, Organza Lace Socks, Nancy Shoes}

First Communion Dresses for Girls | One Small Child

Jumbo Cake Balls First Communion Cakes | Ideas at One Small Child

Jumbo Cake Balls for First Communions | Ideas and More at One Small Child

Miss Evangeline First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

{Miss Evangeline Dress}

Miss Stacie First Communion Dresses | One Small Child

{Miss Stacie Dress, Beaded Lace Headwrap, Organza Lace Socks, Nancy Shoes}

Pearl Headwrap First Communion Headbands for Girls

Planning a First Communion

We’re adding our 2014 First Communion dresses and accessories to the site this week, and are excited to share our thoughts, ideas, inspiration and more on the blog while we’re at it.

To get the ball rolling, let’s start at the beginning: planning a First Communion. We’ve provided the following printable checklist to help you get organized and on your way to a memorable event for your family. Simply click on the image, print, and get to it! We’ll talk about each of the tasks in detail below.

First Communion Planning Checklist at One Small Child

Determine event date, time, place

Likely you’ve already been in touch with your church and have already been notified of the date and time set for this year’s First Communion event. Most parishes hold First Communion only once or twice each year, and the dates are set well in advance. Preparations for a spring First Communion often begin in October-November of the previous year.

Help your child with spiritual preparation

Religious education is a requirement of someone wishing to make their First Communion. It is your responsibility to make sure your child is attending the necessary classes. It’s also important for your child to receive reinforcement by your example as well as instruction at home, to help them understand the importance of what they are doing. Watch for teaching moments in the months leading up to the big day, and discuss what your child is learning with them frequently.

Plan your after-event activities

This special event is a perfect time to gather the family and friends who have come to support your child and celebrate together! Here is where you get to make a bunch of decisions: do you prefer a simple gathering with a small refreshment? Or do you want to pull out all the stops and have a grand old party?

  • Venue: where will your guests be most comfortable? Keep in mind that if you will be booking a location other than your home, it’s wise to do so far in advance to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  • Theme/Colors: this is where your creativity can fly–anything goes! Pick an element that is meaningful to you or your child and build around it. The symbols of communion are a great place to start, or a favorite color, bible story, animal, etc. Check out our First Communion Pinterest Board for inspiration.
  • Decor: this is really an extension of theme/color, but it can be involved enough that it merits it’s own bullet point. Can you use items you already have to decorate your space? Or do you need to shop for or make what you need? Even a simple gathering will benefit from some forethought here.
  • Menu: will you be making the food or having it catered, or dining at a restaurant? Will you have a traditional First Communion themed cake? Your theme and decor can help you with ideas for your menu. Don’t forget something to drink!

Designate and schedule a photographer

Whether you opt for a professional photographer, or a trusted family member, it’s important to make sure *someone* is in charge of taking photos of your child and your family through the event. It’s a process that can easily be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the day, and it’s one less thing for you to worry about if you make it someone else’s job. It’s important to be sure such a special occasion is well documented for you and for generations to come.

If you want a professional, be sure to book them well in advance! It can be very difficult to find someone available at the last minute.You may want to consider doing a separate portrait session of your child about 6-8 weeks prior to the event…these images are great options for invitations, thank you cards, etc.

If you want to have a friend or family member do the honors, be sure they have suitable equipment and charged batteries!

Shop for a suit or dress + jewelry + accessories

It’s a good idea to shop for First Communion dresses and suits at least 4-6 weeks in advance to ensure you have what you need in plenty of time. Many people begin much earlier to ensure availability. You’ll want to take into account your photography plans if you’re doing a portrait shoot before the event. Don’t forget all the accessories: will she need a slip? Does she want a veil or a simple hair accessory? Gloves (these must usually be removed during the ceremony)? Shoes and socks are important considerations as well.

Shop for gifts

If you wish to present your child with a gift or two, it’s nice to give yourself enough time to be thoughtful in your choices. Be on the lookout for items the child might need, items that will promote his or her faith, or keepsakes that will serve as a gentle reminder of a special day. Great options are: personalized bibles, pretty rosaries, jewelry, frames for photographs.

First Communion portrait shoot

Take a few minutes to think about what kind of portraits you’d like to see on your wall. Do you want a formal studio setting or a more laid-back outdoor look? Stay tuned for some great inspiration photos coming later this week on the One Small Child Blog!

Prepare and send invitations

Whether you have them printed or crafted or DIY, you want to have invitations in the mail 3-4 weeks prior to your First Communion.

Help your child complete any class requirements

Some parishes require the children to create first communion banners. Be aware of any assignments your child will need to complete before the event.

Finalize and execute decor and menu preparations

Before you know it, the big day will be upon you! It’s a good idea to sit down about ten days in advance and review your plans and identify what remains to be done. Clear a day or two in the week before the First Communion to devote to preparing your home or venue, gathering needed supplies, preparing any food that can be assembled ahead of time. Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!

Pretty gold dots on the walls in this pink shabby chic nursery! | See the rest of baby Lily’s room at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Nursery Decor for Baby Girl: Lily’s Shabby Chic Sanctuary

We love beautiful shabby chic rooms, and are excited to share this delightful nursery decor for baby girl! Today’s feature is  a delightful shabby chic nursery with all the right touches to suit a modern little girl’s style. Let me introduce you to baby Lily and her charming retreat:

Love Lily’s modern shabby chic nursery! | See the rest of Lily’s room at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{What a stunning damask rocker!}

Love Lily’s distressed cream colored crib! | See the rest of Lily’s nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Love Lily’s shabby chic off-white crib! | See the rest of Lily’s nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Love this photo wall in baby Lily’s shabby chic nursery! | See the rest of Lily’s room at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{We love this wall arrangement above that fabulous turquoise dresser!}

Pretty gold dots on the walls in this pink shabby chic nursery! | See the rest of baby Lily’s room at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Gorgeous chandelier for a baby girl’s room! | See the rest of Lily’s nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Pretty idea for a wall shelf display in a girl’s room! | See the rest of baby Lily’s nursery décor at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{How adorable are these bow push pins on Lily’s corkboard -great for showing off her little masterpieces as she grows!}

Pretty wainscot shelf display with corkboard for a girl’s room! | See the rest of baby Lily’s nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Beautiful modern shabby chic decor ideas for a girl’s room! | See the rest of baby Lily’s nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{These gold dots are the perfect blend of glamour and girly. And how ’bout that ruffled curtain!}

Love the look of distressed furniture! | See the rest of Lily’s nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Beautiful modern shabby chic decor ideas for a girl’s room! | See the rest of baby Lily’s nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

This is a beautiful pink and gold shabby chic nursery with modern accents. I love this idea for decorating a baby girl’s room! | See the rest of baby Lily’s nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

What an amazing damask rocking chair in this pretty pink and gold nursery! I love the idea of modern accents in a shabby chic room for decorating a baby girl’s room! | See more bedroom décor ideas at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

What a beautifully decorated shabby chic baby girl’s room! | See more modern nursery decorating ideas at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

First Communion Dresses | One Small Child Throwback Thursday

30 Years of One Small Child: Our Photographer Then and Now

Once upon a time, there was a little girl whose mother started a tiny company, making beautiful dresses. She often went to work with her Mama, spending countless hours playing amidst sewing machines, patterns, huge rolls of fabric and piles of lace waiting to be gathered into yards and yards of ruffles. When she was big enough, she spent many hours in front of the camera, twirling and posing just so.

First Communion Dresses | One Small Child Throwback Thursday

{One Small Child First Communion Dresses, circa 1991}

Throwback Thursday: vintage first communion veils www.onesmallchild.com

{We’ve done a lot of different things in 30 years!}

One Small Child Throwback Thursday: early nineties Victorian style girls dresses www.onesmallchild.com

One Small Child Throwback Thursday: vintage country girl dresses www.onesmallchild.com

Today, she’s behind the camera, watching the light, checking her settings, and asking her subjects to twirl and pose just so. (Some of these subjects happen to be her own darling daughters. Also, this image might be a sneak peek for next week!)

Behind the scenes at One Small Child's First Communion 2014 Shoot www.onesmallchild.com

{We love you Kayla!}

Paisley by Kayla Commercial Newborn Photographer

{Commercial Photography by Paisley Studios}

It's important to read to your baby! Books for Babies at One Small Child

Books for Babies: Reading is Important

It's important to read to your baby! Books for Babies at One Small Child

{Lamb Gift Tote}

I knew long before my babies first arrived that I wanted to share my love of reading with them. I can look back now and say I am so glad I took the time to hold them close and read to them often. They are little for such a short time, and that first year of life is jam-packed with foundation building in so many ways.

It might not seem like your infant is getting much out of your reading sessions, but reading to your baby is a vital part of his or her development from day one. Here are a few ways reading impacts your infant:

  • Relationship Building: holding your baby close and reading aloud helps your child feel safe. The protective feel of your arms, and the tones of your voice are familiar and comforting. These moments help your child know they are cared for and responded to, creating an ideal atmosphere for Baby to focus on new concepts and experiences.
  • Brain Development: a newborn’s brain is made up of billions of individual neurons (brain cells). As they learn and gain experience, connections are made between these brain cells. Research shows that children who feel loved and cared for have an easier time forming these connections, which are responsible for how information is processed and movement is expressed.
  • Communication: your baby is learning from you at all times. Hearing your voice, the sounds of your language, the nuances of tone and emotion in what you are reading lays the foundation for their understanding of how words relate to objects, individuals and abstract concepts.
  • Example: having positive experiences with books & reading will help your child associate reading with the good feelings they’ve had later in life. Taking the time to sit together and read shows them that reading is a skill worth learning and making time for.

Story time is essential for your baby's development! | Books for Babies at One Small Child

{Owl Gift Set Coming Soon!}

We’ve been adding to our product offering at One Small Child, and we felt it was important to add books for babies into the mix. Several of our new gift sets incorporate beautiful books, and we also have the following books available on their own…each features bright colors, fun words, and durable construction for your little one to see, hear, taste and feel. We hope they can be a part of your own child’s reading experience!

Reading is essential for your baby's development! | Books for Babies at One Small Child

{Peek-a-Boo Rainbow Book, Hugs All Day Book, Fingers and Toes Book, My Bible Carry-Along Book}

How cute! A blue cover kit for a baby car seat! $66.00 | See more carrier makeover kits at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

New Baby Gear Essentials: Car Seat Cover Makeover Kits!

We have some amazing new baby gear that we know you’ll love—car seat cover makeover kits! Let’s face it, the car seat goes everywhere that baby does, so why not give it a look as cute as its precious cargo? These adorable sets get points for comfort as well as style. Here are the details:

How cute! A blue cover kit for a baby car seat! $66.00 | See more carrier makeover kits at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{Here’s the Hayden Car Seat Canopy. We love the design of these small blankets for inside the car seat. No more folding and tucking that oversized blanket to fit in their carrier!}

{Tyler Car Seat Canopy}

Love this adorable lavender car seat cover kit for baby girl! $66.00 | See more carrier covers at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{Mikayla Car Seat Canopy}

Love this camo car seat cover set! $66.00 | See more baby boy carrier covers at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{Hunter Car Seat Canopy -We love the camo for an adventurous baby boy!}

{Jayden Car Seat Canopy}

Cute photo valentines ideas www.onesmallchild.com

Family Friday: Happy Valentine’s Day!

For the past few years, my sisters & I have been meeting together on a cold Friday in January to have a quick little Valentine’s photo shoot with our kiddos. It usually goes pretty fast and the whole crew of nine kids in one small space can get a little wild, but I love the snapshot of their lives it gives us. It’s becoming a sweet little tradition.

Fun valentine photo shoot! www.onesmallchild.com

The resulting images come in super handy when it’s time to send Valentines out to school friends and grandparents: a cute photo valentine card along with a little piece of candy makes for a fun, personal little greeting. Here’s our 2014 crop of Valentines, along with our wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day, from us to you:

Cute photo valentines ideas by Paisley Studios www.onesmallchild.com

Cute photo valentines ideas by Paisley Studios www.onesmallchild.com

Cute photo valentines ideas by Paisley Studios at www.onesmallchild.com

Cute photo valentines ideas by Paisley Studios www.onesmallchild.com

Cute photo valentines ideas by Paisley Studios www.onesmallchild.com

Cute photo valentines ideas by Paisley Studios at www.onesmallchild.com

Cute photo valentines ideas by Paisley Studios at www.onesmallchild.com

Cute photo valentines ideas by Paisley Studios at www.onesmallchild.com

{photography & design by Kayla at Paisley Studios}

Lyla's adorable pink and aqua baby room - Love the chandeleir! | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Nursery Decor for Baby Girl: Lyla’s Stunning Pink and Aqua Retreat

We just had the opportunity to tour baby Lyla’s pretty pink and aqua nursery and I had to share all the adorable details with you! The sumptuous colors and flowing ruffles make this a sweet escape for sweet baby Lyla -and her mommy! Let’s take a look…

Lyla's adorable pink and aqua nursery | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Lyla's incredible aqua crib | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{We love colorful cribs in on-trend hues!}

Sweet baby Lyla in her aqua crib | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Great idea for dressing up a pink crib canopy | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{Every girl’s room needs a little sparkle!}

Love the portrait and canopy above this aqua crib | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{What an adorable way to display that precious baby portrait.}

Pretty aqua ruffle crib blanket | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Love this pink embroidered crib skirt | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

This gold monogrammed crib pillow is to die for! | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Sweet baby Lyla in her pink and aqua dream crib | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Cute baby Lyla with her mommy in her beautiful pink and aqua baby room | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Pink ruffle curtains - perfection! | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Love this round pink rug for baby girl's room! | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{What a pretty pattern on this soft pink rug -perfect for her little toes!}

Lyla and her mommy in their comfy rocking chair | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Pretty wall art for decorating a baby girl's room. | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Lyla's adorable pink and aqua baby room - Love the chandelier! | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{A stunning chandelier to top it off.}

Fun shelf display for decorating a baby girl's room | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

Lyla's hamper and crystal dresser pulls - way cute pink and aqua baby girl's room decorating ideas! | See the entire nursery at One Small Child: www.onesmallchild.com

{Shiny aqua dresser pulls and a patterned clothes hamper are fun finishing details.}

Thanks for joining us on our tour of Lyla’s fabulous nursery!