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A few weeks ago we celebrated Baby A’s first birthday! I was shocked at how quickly her first year seemed to come and go. It feels like she’s been with us all along and she has truly been such a sweet blessing to our family. This post will be primarily about the party, hopefully I will get around to writing a 1 year recap.
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We decided to go with a Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Party. The colors were gold glitter and a light coraly-pink and I tried to incorporate stars everywhere I could. Leading up to the party my house was covered in gold glitter, no joke- it was everywhere! (all of the details are at the bottom of the post)
I made her birthday cake and banner- the frosting was this recipe from Lemonade Makin’ Mama and it was great. We had a Costco cake made for all of our guests and served water and my favorite pink punch!
Poor baby had a really bad cold- we put her down for her nap about an hour before the party, but had to wake her about 20 minutes after guests started arriving. We spent the day listening for sneezes and wiping her poor nose, but she was still in a pretty good mood!
Oh how I love this sweet girl!
We ordered party platters from a local restaurant. I didn’t want to have to worry about cooking for that many people, and the cost was about the same if not better. So we had the two party platters with taquitos, burritos and quesadillas in both shredded chicken and shredded beef, chips and salsa and a veggie platter.
Her party was held at noon on a Saturday, and since California is in the middle of a major drought and heat wave, the weather was fairly nice, almost too warm. It was nice to be able to have everyone outside enjoying the weather and we were able to rent a big bounce for the little kids so they weren’t destroying my house 🙂
The big bounce came with this fun little carnival game, which E seemed to like since she HATES big bounces. She actually got in after everyone was gone, she and I jumped for a little bit and I almost fell asleep- the warm weather, white noise from the pump and airy cushion was the perfect setting for a nap!
Since this girl loves to eat I was expecting her to devour her cake… she enjoyed being sang to but kept her eyes locked on me the whole time.
Then she very politely ate some of the frosting and maybe a bite or two of cake.
Since big sister was definitely interested, I cut her a piece to let Baby A see there was more than just frosting. She started eating a little more, but she never did really dig in.
She isn’t quite walking yet but she loved to stand on her own! She has even started to dance while standing, just no movement forward.
We quickly opened gifts inside away from the warm weather. People were coming and going so we didn’t make a big deal of the opening, but she got some great things, fun toys and super cute clothing!
For party favors I made the little ones homemade glitter playdough in green and pink. I also made star sugar cookies for everyone. I am usually not a fan of sugar cookies but let me tell you the recipes for sugar cookies and royal icing from Bake at 350 have changed my mind- they were great and it seemed everyone liked them!
The details- I tried to link to the places that I actually purchased from- I bought a LOT of stuff online because it’s hard for me to get out of the house sometimes, and I have Amazon prime so honestly it’s just easier and quicker.
Large Gold Stars
Glitter Spray Paint
O-N-E letters (cardboard) from Joann’s, painted with gold paint and gold glitter
Gold Tablecloth, silverware, napkins, etc- Target clearance after Christmas
Happy Birthday Banner- handmade by me (tutorial here)
Tassel Tissue banner- handmade
Recipe for Sugar Cookies
Recipe for Royal Icing
Meringue powder used for Royal Icing (trust me- the meringue powder makes a difference!)
Food coloring for cake and cookies (a mixture of pink and peach)
Star Cookie Cutter
Bottle and tip for outlining cookies
Squeeze bottle for flooding cookies
White containers for playdough (gold stars are just stickers)
Cake Banner- handmade by me using bamboo skewers and gold glitter washi tape (tutorial here)
And if you made it past all of that! That’s all 🙂 It was a great afternoon spent with some of our closest friends and family celebrating the first year of our sweet Baby A!