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David Tutera Celebrates Daughter Cielo’s First Birthday

06/23/2014 at 02:15 PM ET

David Tutera makes his living as an event planner, but he’s never had such an important client — his daughter.

“I’ve done events for celebrities and royalty around the world, and I just told my staff, ‘This is the most important event that I’ve ever had to host in my life,'” Tutera tells PEOPLE of putting together his daughter Cielo‘s first birthday party.

“I had a responsibility to make sure that it was unique, child-like and playful,” he says.

When choosing a theme for the special occasion, Tutera relied on his observations of his young daughter’s current obsessions: bubbles and bunnies.

“As a parent, you pay attention to what your child loves,” Tutera says of deciding on an Alice in Wonderland theme for the Sunday-afternoon fête, which was held in the backyard of his new, Los Angeles-area home. “It was a tea party, which is always great for adults and children.”

David Tutera Daughter Cielo First Birthday Party
Courtesy Kelsey S. McNeal Photography

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David Tutera and His Ex Will Raise Their Twins Separately

09/13/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Following a messy split from his ex-husband, event planner David Tutera — famous for producing Cinderella-worthy parties for celebrity clients like Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey — is raising his biological daughter Cielo.

Meanwhile, his ex, Ryan Jurica, will raise his own biological son and Cielo’s fraternal twin, Cedric.

Tutera, whose breakup occurred while a surrogate was carrying the twins, says the situation was far from ideal.

“It was a very confusing time,” Tutera, 47, tells PEOPLE exclusively, adding that he and Jurica never discussed keeping the twins together. “The divorce happened so quickly after the [embryo] transfer was successful that there wasn’t time to mourn the loss of raising a second child — I was mourning the loss of my relationship.”

David Tutera Ryan Jurica Twins Raised Separately
David and Cielo – Michael Lewis

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