documenTORI: Hattie’s 1st Birthday Party

Now that you’ve seen our whole journey with Finn, I wanted to share some other special McDermott family moments with you. Back in October when Miss Hattie turned one, we had a big birthday bash for her (you may remember my picTORIal from the party), and in addition to taking tons of party pics, we also shot some home videos. I wanted to share these videos so you could get an inside look at the party planning process and watch some of our family’s most special moments.

For Hattie’s party we decided to go with the Alice in Wonderland theme, with our birthday girl dressed up as “Mad Hattie.” As with any party at the McDermott home, we prepped and planned for weeks, making sure every single detail would reflect the party’s theme and that each family member (dogs included!) had the perfect costumes. After weeks of planning, the day of the party had finally come. It was time to turn our front yard into Wonderland and prepare for our guests to arrive…

After the décor was in place, the table had been sufficiently covered in sweets, and the food was ready to eat, it was time to get the whole family dressed in our Alice and Wonderland finest.

So far, the party was off to the great start… and it was about to get a whole lot better! Stay tuned because next week I’ll be posting the next documenTORI video of Hattie’s party, where our birthday girl surprised all of us by hitting a huge milestone!

How did you celebrate your little one’s first birthday?


  • Katia

    This is so cute! I literally smiled through both videos! =))

  • Joann

    How adorable, you think of every little detail. Your children are beautiful and are so lucky to have such a wonderful family. Can’t wait to see the postings next week

  • Saralove2us

    Omg those were the cutest videos to watch, love your family Tori!

  • Jenifer

    We are gonna do a shaBby chic first birthday for our little Sophie bean. It’s not til June but I am busy busy making tissue balls and creating cake stands and other things. Do you have any ideas as to what else would be a nice touch to her party? I want it to be fabulous!!!! You only get one first:) please any one I need ideas:) thank you tons

  • Lemon Meringue

    Use mismatched vintage teacups, saucers, plates, glasses. Collect them on a bargain in charity shops and carboot sales and it does look really cute. Tori had a picTORIal, I believe it was Stella’s last birthday party, where she uses them as well. Serve cupcakes in floral teacups, flowers in ols teapots, looks very shabby chic. Good luck!

  • Lemon Meringue

    This looks like a military operation, all those people getting dressed! You could become chief of the armed forces if you ever consider a careermove! But the garden looks ever so nice, truly inspiring theme, obsessed with the mega-chessplay and love the cards in the tree. I am completely in the dangling-from-trees-mode, I am considering hanging teacups and silverware at un upcoming party (tea-party obviously) for my Mums birthday.

  • desi

    What a cute birthday party for a cute little girl! Everybody looked great even the little doggie….

  • Fishers4jesus

    How do you stay so calm..my daughter’s second birthday is coming up and I am a wreck…

  • Jordan Yaworski

    So fun!! I can’t wait to see the other videos:)

  • Debbie

    Love all your Idea’s As a grandmother of six under 7..I’m so excited to use your ideas… I love all you ideas.. Your are so talented…Love your family and you have done such a wonderful job with your family…They are happy and beautiful…I am a big Fan…Thank you for sharing your family and Ideas with us….Much love from my home to yours…<3 😀

  • Jewel.lm61

    Everyone looked terrific! Hattie looked cute in her multicolored ruffled skirt. Patsy rocked in her princess dress. I loved the decorations!

  • Jenifer

    Totally love Hattie’s party so cute:) you know how to throw a fabulous party:) I love your work

  • Barbara

    What a wonderful party and beautiful family. xo

  • Myeleah

    Thank you for adding some much needed Light & Joy to the world with your beautiful family!

    Your parties are like walking into a fantasy/dream world! Such a lovely way to stimulate a child’s creativity. Looking forward to seeing what theme you choose for Finn’s 1st birthday bash!!

  • Myeleah

    P.S. love that you even dress the dog!!!! The whole family is included! Cute meter OFF THE CHARTS!!! :)

  • reen1072

    Please bring Tori and Dean back to TV!!! Miss your show!!!!

  • HayLaura

    It makes me so Happy to see your Mom with you Tori…. I remember years ago that I wrote to your Mom telling her how important it is to work things out with you, because my children are not close to their grandparents and I never was close to my grandparents. I am waiting patiently to be a Grandma. So happy you both worked it all out. <3

  • HayLaura

    Oh and your party looked like so much fun…. Happy Birthday Hattie <3

  • Sue

    I love seeing all these great parties. You and Dean are the best!

  • sharon jarvis

    Tori & Dean you did an amazing job on Hattie’s 1st Birthday. l <3 the bright colors and you all looked FaBUlOuS…

  • sharon jarvis

    Tori & Dean you all did an amazing job on Hattie’s 1st Birthday. l love all the furniture and the brilliant colors. You all looked FaBuLous…..

  • Carolyn Levesque

    Tori you and your mother are such amazing talented women. I hope
    you will have another reality show and have your whole family on it.

  • AshleyLove

    Way to go Hattie on walking!! My daughter Zoey was walking by 10 months. She only crawled for one month till she got tired of it and was ready to get up and go!

  • Stephanie

    Tori, you and Dean have beautiful children! Hattie’s bday looks like a blast :)

  • Sharon Kruschen

    Congrats Hattie! My daughters birthday was a Minnie Mouse themed complete with Pinterest DIY! http://www.mamachitchat.com/2013/05/the-making-of-sarahs-minnie-mouse-birthday-party/