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BIG IS BETTER
"I always say 'something simple' which always turns out to be something not so simple. It was called Cielo in Wonderland, which is of course a play on Alice in Wonderland and it was a lot of detail," David Tutera told PEOPLE about planning his daughter's first birthday party, which included actors dressed up as the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat.
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From oversize balloons in the sky to beach balls in the pool, the soiree "was kind of like being on a movie set." There were also bubble machines attached to the roof. "It was colorful and bright. My daughter loves bubbles and rabbits," the happy dad explained.
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"It was a tea party, which is always great for adults and children," said Tutera, who hosted 11 kids and around 60 adults at the event. Themed cocktails included Mad Hatter Tea and Cheshire Tea, while lavender and mint-flavored water were served in mason jars.
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Looks like someone will be an early reader! The birthday girl's elaborate cake featured books titled Daddy's Little Girl, Cielo in Wonderland and Cielo Turns One. "She's an old soul but she's just a really great spirit," said the proud father.
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Cielo was the star of the show on her big day – and that was fine with her! "She is used to being around people so she is very outgoing," Tutera explained. "When we bring her out she is always a magnet in the room. She loves making smiles and she has an incredibly sweet, gentle personality."
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Adults gave in to their inner-child and children went wild at the bash, which featured an elaborate candy bar. "I wanted every adult to feel like a kid and every kid to feel like there were experiencing something they'd never seen before," said Tutera. "The common thing that everyone said was that they felt like they were on a three-hour Disney ride."
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The busy dad told PEOPLE he's found love again after a messy split with his ex-husband. "I've had a partner for a little over a year," he said. "Joey and I have been doing this together and he is a fantastic partner with me with Cielo."
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BITS & BITES
Tutera served only the best food at the event, which also served as a house warming party for the wedding planner. "We just moved into a beautiful new home," Tutera shared. "All of our great friends [came out] and my family flew in from the East Coast to be at my house for the first time and celebrate Cielo's birthday."
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His daughter might not be the most demanding client, but she's certainly the most important. "I've done events for every possible celebrity, royalty and around the world," he said, adding that Cielo comes before any work or personal obligation. "This is the most important event that I've ever had to host in my life."
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