Carolina's first birthday party was just perfect! I had so much fun planning it and joked that it was really my party. I'm sure she'll make her requests for future themed parties but I was happy to do this one all in my taste.
We felt so blessed to have our friends and family join us in celebrating her first year. Most of the kids were little so they would be able to play together and play with her toys. It was a Saturday morning party so everyone could come and then get on with their day.
There were so many details but one of my favorite parts was Carolina wearing the bloomers I made her for her newborn photos. I made them a little big when I was still pregnant (not on purpose!) but it worked out. She wore some costume pearls that my Nanny gave me a long time ago.
I loved having all the little babies crawling and running around the house and it was so adorable to see them interacting with each other. See the homemade birthday cards from some sweet "older" friends in the collage below. And just look at the little chat by the window. I wonder what they were saying.
I know that nobody expects a gift when you are coming to a birthday party but it was fun being creative and putting together the beach bucket gifts. My favorite thing was a stamp pad and little card for the kids to make art on. The next day was Father's Day so I thought I was helping out there!
You can't see them, but I had beach balls hung up through the house and a float as the centerpiece on the table. I did use Pinterest a lot for planning but my goal was to not spend too much on decorations. I mostly used what I had. The most I spent was buying 9 beach balls for 99 cents each. We also invested in a long table that we can use at holidays as well.
The cake was my masterpiece!! I love having an excuse to bake and decorate cakes. I thought I would make a healthy cake for Carolina but in the end, aesthetics won out. I wanted a pretty cake more than a healthy cake. Fortunately, she didn't eat hardly any of it. She touched it and then pushed it over on the floor (on a sheet)! We all still ate some though even though I made cupcakes for the guests too.
Carolina has been such a joy to us, it's indescribable how much we love her! I'm so excited that I have more parties to plan for her and a lifetime to love her.