May 1st was a big day in our family – my niece turned 1!
For those of you that have met me, you already know that I absolutely adore my niece. Born only 7 weeks before Andrew, I spent the majority of her first year with her, and I am so thankful for that. Not many aunts get the chance to spend that amount of time with their niece. She is the silliest, prettiest, and most charming little princess that I know…and (unfortunately for my sister) shares my love of attention, sparkles, and anything girly. It’s unfortunate for my sister because…well…she doesn’t have a love for attention, sparkles, and anything girly. She also doesn’t enjoy planning events like I do, which worked out well for me! I became the unofficial planner of Charlotte’s first birthday.
I knew that a birthday for a darling princess like Char had to be pretty. It had to have sparkles. And it most definitely had to be pink!
So away we went…it was a busy day, but was so nice to see so many friends and family out celebrating such a special little girl.
Char’s cake was made by our family friend Maria – it was gorgeous, delicious, and exactly what I had in mind. Gorgeous!
|The birthday girl and I|
|Char with her cake fit for a princess|
|A getting ready to party|
For favors for the kids, I decided on rock candy sticks. They were pretty and pink, and are kinda sparkly too!
|Favors for the kidlets|
The birthday set-up is below. I made the backdrop originally for Jen’s baby shower, but it was a perfect fit for Char’s birthday. I used foam insulation board, and covered it with huge white flowers that I made out of white paper.
|The Birthday Setup|
Centrepieces for the tables were inspired by a Pinterest photo. I used little buckets stuffed with floral foam and paper stuffing, then made the marshmallow skewers. I made pink sugar, stuck marshmallows on bamboo skewers, then dipped them in water and then sugar. Not quite as good as my Pinterest inspiration, but not too shabby!
|The Birthday girl with her parents
The day went well and little Miss C got spoiled rotten! Plans are already well underway for A’s big day – I can’t believe how close it’s getting!