Every parent wants their child’s birthday party to be something special, something that makes their kid feel like a million bucks, something memorable and meaningful. It’s a lofty goal, but one couple actually managed to pull it off. Will Gill, who appeared on The Real World: Hollywood and has DJed for The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Voice, along with his wife Victoria Petrovsky, threw a birthday party with a ton of meaning for their little boy Lennon’s second birthday, making the theme his (and one of ours) favorite children’s book about Black history.
“I wanted to do something at home for Lennon’s birthday to honor his heritage,” Petrovsky, who manages an entertainment company, told SheKnows. “Ever since he was a baby, we’ve been reading a page of Vashti Harrison’s Little Legends, Exceptional Men in Black History to him every night. Every night we focus on one individual and their accomplishments. As he’s getting older, he’s starting to look forward to this. When I had the idea to make this book a birthday theme for him, I wanted him to feel represented in a beautiful light. Representation is important. Images help shape our identity.”
The party, which was gorgeous by the way, featured design elements based on the book. Petrovsky said she collaborated with a designer to put Lennon in the spotlight on his big day. “I worked with Moon Rising, an incredible designer that helped me re-create Lennon in the same style as the characters in the book. He was now front and center as he is an exceptional black boy, soon to be man.”
Read on to see how every detail of this birthday party made that happen.