Double denim, trikes with streamers and Kewpie-doll cakes! Today we’re celebrating ’70s kids’ parties with child mags blog reader, Kylie Embury, as we take a trip back to her adorable 2nd birthday in Tasmania.
This is me on my second birthday at our family home in Campbell Town, Tasmania (where I was born). My mum took this photo. I loved my first tricycle with streamers – it was a birthday gift from my parents, older brother and sister. The outfit I’m wearing was made by my grandmother and sent to me from Western Australia for my birthday. The shoes were common ‘party’ or ‘good’ shoes in the ’70s.
The tricycle with the streamers are what I remember the most from this day. We had a big yard in a small country town with a large turning-circle gravel driveway to ride it on.
The Kewpie dolls were all the rage in the early ’70s, and have now made a couple of comebacks. It was chosen for my birthday cake topper as my family thought I looked like a Kewpie doll. I was pretty much bald until just before my second birthday.
Make a match with Kylie’s second birthday: Spot Denim Dress, Country Road / Radio Flyer Classic Red Tricycle, Toys R Us / Kewpie Doll, Kewpie Dolls / Rex Handlebar Streamers, Pushys / Dragstar Strollin’ Jeans, Shorties / Rosie T-Bar Sandals, Young Soles / Truly Scrumptious Paper Lantern, Lark
Kylie Embury lives in Tasmania with her husband Shayne and children Patrick, 16, Lauren, 14, and Carter, 4. When Kylie was 7, she also enjoyed long bike rides on her Malvern Star. Today her 4-year-old son, Carter, is the proud owner of her favourite teddy, Humphrey, that she adored when she was 3. You can find Kylie on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
In The Nostalgia Series we’re sharing treasured childhood memories through fashion, books, toys and family heirlooms. We’d love to hear your stories too! Please get in touch with photos of yourself as a child and tell us what was special to you in that photo and why. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview + Still-life Styling: Jenna Templeton