There’s an art to putting together a kiddie birthday party. Just ask Chicago designer Vana Chupp. As owner of Le Papier Studio, Vana illustrates custom silhouettes of children, parents and pets and transfers them to everything from stationery to dinner plates. Celebrating family milestones is the heart of her business, so we knew that she and her husband, Aaron, would make their son John’s first birthday a momentous — and beautiful — occasion. Check out the party’s inspiring food and decor in our photo gallery. Under the expertise of event stylist Kelly Lydon of WH Hostess, the party theme was “Movie in the Park,” and highlights included a movie, dessert buffet, a preppy design scheme and striking silhouette artwork to forever mark the occasion.

The party's focal point was a framed silhouette of birthday boy John at 12 months, created by Vana's Le Papier Studio.

— Story by Kelly Aiglon; photos by Kelly Allison Photography