There's no need for your child's birthday to get short shrift if it falls near a holiday and, like Amber, you may even want to incorporate the holiday into your party. To wish her daughter Alexandra (aka Alexa) Chuc Mung Sinh Nhat (Happy Birthday in Vietnamese) Amber put together a lovely pink party: Since Alexa was turning 1 just a week after Valentine's day, we decided to use that as our theme.
We solidified the theme when we sent out invitations made by a lovely Etsy designer, lukecommasara though she reworked the wording to fit the occasion.
I wanted a "crafty/homemade" feel to the party, so we made most of the decorations and food. I found paper heart garland crafts on How About Orange which were super easy and cute! I also purchased a heart punch to make cupcake and finger sandwich picks like the ones found on Craft Zine.
Alexa's cake was inspired by this rainbow cake on Wisk Kid though ours was red and white stripes with pink (homemade) cream-cheese frosting. The frosting design was inspired by Martha Stewart's Ruffle Tower Cake but we ran out of time, supplies, energy...so it was modified :-)
A bigger deal was made for this party than normal because we also included a Baby Naming Ceremony. This was to announce her Vietnamese middle name (rather than her first name, since that was already well known). We chose the name Quynh (pronounced Quinn) since it is a beautiful name with a lovely meaning, that also sounds like an American name...bridging the gap between her 2 cultures! We also included a round of Thoi Noi or "Quitting the Cradle". Basically a little game where the baby picks items from a tray that "tell" her future. Our babe picked a brush - for beauty and grace - and money - for a life of riches.
The party was a big hit, and the birthday girl looked super cute surrounded by pink and red! Please feel free to look at the rest of our photos from the big day!