Two big parties, lots of food, tons of cake, an outfit, a banner and I am beat.
Is it worth it? I mean, there is no way in the world Sophia will remember her first birthday, so what is the point?
I guess I couldn’t help myself. She only turns one once and it was an excuse to spoil her (she’s the second born, so she has always had to “share time”) and we were able to have fun with the people in our lives we will desperately miss once we move away.
One of the greatest people I have ever met did much of the work. My next door neighbor (across the hallway actually) took the party on Sunday very seriously. She decorated the hallway with pink and purple streamers, pink and purple balloons and signs that said things like “Happy Birthday Princess Sophia” and You Made One Today” (apparently something they say in the south). She made a last minute run to the dollar store to pick up things like paper plates and cups and about a zillion helium balloons that are still lingering in most peoples houses and the hallway. Let alone she entertained my children with Barney and snacks and snuggle sessions while I got my act together.
She is amazing and I could not have done it without her.
I made this Happy Birthday banner because I don’t want to have to go out to the dollar store every year and get a paper one. And mostly I want the kids to get attached to it and ask, “Mom, were is the banner for my Birthday?” I love sentimental things that reappear year after year. When I was growing up it was a red “You are special” plate that came out for every Birthday. We never let my mom forget it.
Later I put these yellow triangles on a bigger blue triangle to accent the letters. The #1 in the middle of the banner comes off so I can change it for each different Birthday age.
I took a onsie that Soph was almost too big for and sewed some fabric on it in the shape of one candle. At first I was trying to make a cute #1 but the candle looked way better.
Then I made a tie tutu. Which was one of the easiest things I have ever made. The only sewing it involved was the waist band. The rest of the skirt was cutting out about a foot long and 4 inches wide of tulle and then tying it off at the middle. It was so easy. Almost too easy and boring. But I wanted to see how it would turn out so kept on tying the tulle.
I used a ton of tulle. A few weeks ago I found this prom dress at a thrift store for only $5 and couldn’t pass it up. You can’t buy that much fabric for $5, so I got the dress and still have some fabric to work with.
Yay, for parties and friends and sewing!
Oh yeah, and yay for a whole cake to yourself!