Birthday Recap

2 Apr

Holy Moly.

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.

a cupcake shaped cake made out of cupcakes

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.

laid out all the fabric in the order that they would be for the words happy birthday

I traced 14 triangles on the yellow felt and then cut them out

used wonder under to attach the letter to the yellow felt, I figured out that I needed draw the letters backwards

ironed on the letters

layed them all out, aren't they pretty?

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!

3 Responses to “Birthday Recap”

  1. Becky April 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    YAY! I recognize all of that fabric and that makes my heart so so so happy. Thrilled that you will have that to use for ever and ever … Great party!!

    • Caitlyn April 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

      I was wondering if you would notice the fabric. I love how they all look together! So perfect. Thanks
      One of the only fabrics that wasn’t from you is the B which is actually the same fabric that my mom used to make Caroline’s beloved blankie which only has a few scraps left because it has been loved on so much.

  2. bb April 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    And to keep the story going……that blakie that was Caroline’s love for many years was made in a beginning quiting class that I took with Becky back in our college days or soon after….so she probably had a hand in picking out that fabric too.

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