Beatrix celebrated her birthday in style thanks to a lot of crafty diy work on her mom's part. Party hostess Agna gives us some of the details: Beatrix is our third (a bit unexpected and last!) child. We have never made a big deal out of the 1st birthday, our logic being they won't remember it! Maybe I'm more sentimental this time around and I wanted to do something special - but what does one do for a 1-year-old?
We thought of what Trixie's into, but somehow putting things in her mouth, unrolling the toilet paper and smiling her wonderful 2-toothed grin didn't translate into any reliable "birthday theme." Trixie's favorite toy is an elephant we call Nellie, so I went with an elephant theme. I cut an elephant out of felt and sewed it to a onesie using embroidery thread and used the same elephant design for her cake.
I made Happy Birthday bunting using cardstock and sewed the tops by hand (more embroidery thread!). The letters are just Martha Stewart stickers that I found (on sale!). The large pink pom-poms were my first attempt at making them (I think they turned out well because the next day my mother-in-law asked if she could have them for a birthday party she's throwing). In addition to various pink sweets and cupcakes, I also re-wrapped some chocolate bars using an elephant graphic that I found from The Graphics Fairy, a wonderful blog I love that has all sorts of free graphics to download. When Trixie was born we received a fruit arrangement that came in a pink ceramic elephant and i used it to round out the desert table.
...and wouldn't you know it, the night of her party we had a blizzard here in Middlefield, CT dumping 9+ inches of snow. I feared her party would be a bust but family and friends rallied and helped us celebrate a wonderful evening to mark the closing of my baby's first-it-went-by-too-quickly!-year.