1st Birthday Party Planning Obessed

My baby is not even 6 months old yet, and I am obsessed with planning her birthday party. I’ll be planning this longer than some people plan their weddings. “Some people” including my husband and I. I can’t help it. I’m just so excited to celebrate all things Cadence, especially baby’s first year. Don’t get me wrong. She’s growing too quickly, and I don’t want to miss anything. It’s just that I also want to really make the most of all the special times we have and celebrate them in a really big way (although I don’t plan on inviting a lot of people other than family).

Then: 36 weeks pregnant

Now: Over 5 months old

The theme is going to be pink of course, and as for decor, I have ideas about fresh flowers, balloons, framed photos and Martha Stewart Poms.

Also, I love this photo garland from Samster Mommy’s tutorials, and it’s so much better than any plain “Happy Birthday” on a string.
Tim had the great idea of doing cupcakes instead of a big cake because that’s just too much cake for such a young one, so I picked out these invitations from Tiny Prints. I think I want to do some kind of split screen before (newborn) and after (current) look for the photo. Maybe. If it will look good.

It’s better this way because I was feeling a little pressured to make something spectacular, and decorating cupcakes is going to be a lot easier. I think this cupcake stand from Amazon would be perfect. I love the look shown here. I wonder how they made that tutu for the stand and if I can find out how to do it myself.

I haven’t decided how I’d like to top the cupcakes yet. With something edible like this or this or paper? It depends on how much time I want to spend on them. The paper ones are probably the fastest to make and the easiest to care for pre-party. I found a tutorial here that gave me some ideas on how I could do it. I do know I’d like to have easy to eat, yummy foods. I’m not going to cook since I’m sure I’ll have plenty to do as it is, but the Chili’s party platters are looking pretty appetizing to me.

As for her dress, something frilly and pink of course with a matching bow for her perfect little head.

My mom dressed me in fancy girl dresses, and even to this day, when I’m in a store, the things that catch my eye are the items that are sparkly, lacey, pleated, ruffly, and/or has bows or ribbons. In fact, despite being a 25 year old mother with a degree in political science, I was shopping downtown with my sister and found that I really needed to buy what could easily be described as a tutu– for myself! Don’t worry. I won’t be wearing it to the party. I’ll post a pic sometime.

Now, she’s going to need a vinyl bib to dig into that food with. I saw a lot of different, cute cupcake prints at JoAnn (they have more at the live store) that I’m dying to find excuses to use (maybe an apron, too?).

I know. I’m crazy. I’ve put a lot ot thought into this in my free time instead of the other, more productive things I should be doing. Have I forgotten anything? Probably not, although there is plenty of time to change my indecisive mind about things.

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