I was looking through old photos last night, trying to clear some space in my computer by transferring everything over to my E drive, when I came across Olivia’s 1st Birthday Pictures.
I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. I really regret not blogging sooner because I would have really liked to document her life a little bit better, seeing as how I sucked with the whole baby book thing. (Sorry, Olivia.)
I’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane, seeing as Olivia will be TWO in November, by showing off a few pictures from that day.
I knew in a pretty good amount of time that I wanted to have the theme of her first birthday be Minnie Mouse. And not the new pink and purple Minnie, I wanted the old school black, red, and white Minnie Mouse (are you sensing a favorite color scheme of mine?). Dominic and I talked about it and he liked the idea of the theme, but we both agreed that we didn’t want it to be too character-y.
I like to think that when I put my mind to it, I am a pretty crafty person. I started a Pinterest board filled with ideas, and even came up with a few on my own. With the help of my friends and family, all of my ideas were able to become a reality and the hall came together just as I had imagined. A lot of the stuff was homemade, and I really would not have had it any other way:
^I still have these babies laying around my house! I bought a generic mason jar from Walmart because the jar’s sides were smooth, and it was easy to paint the glitter on! A case of 20 I believe was like 12 bucks!^
One of my favorite things about the whole day was the cake. I love to bake, and I can make a mean red velvet cupcake. I really wanted to make Olivia’s cake myself, but my girlfriend’s talked me out of it saying that I would have too much stuff to do that I should’t have to kill myself by adding her cake to the list. They were right. So, I went with the next best thing. A girl I went to school with bakes cakes and does an amazing job. She has never gone to school or taken classes for it, she is self taught and I think I love that the most. You would never think that this girl just decided one day to go on YouTube and teach herself. I showed her a picture of the cake, and then only gave her a written description of what I wanted for Olivia’s smash cake and she TRIPLED my expectations. She also made the most adorable cake pops. The cake itself was SO good, everybody just kept praising it. And while we’re on the subject of Miss Dani, she has just started a blog filled with all of her impressive cakes and crafts. It’s called Glitter, Batter, and Other Matters and you should probably pop on by, say hello, and marvel at her creations. You will not be sorry, I promise you that. She is so good, so talented, that she is actually doing our wedding cake, too! So exciting!
^She was SO tired by the time we got to the cake….not to mention that was the first time we had given her anything sweet so she just was not having it!^
My almost in-laws catered the food, which was delicious. There was a sweets table that featured the cake, smash cake, the cake pops (I made the stand!) and cookies….and a coffee/tea station across the room.
Because we had her party at a hall, there were picture frames and trophies all along the walls. We tried to hide them by taping balloons to the floor, all along the trophy cases and I actually like how enclosed it made the room look.
Another one of my favorite parts was Olivia’s party dress. I found it on Etsy from a store called Loverdoversclothing. The minute I saw it, I was in love. There wasn’t another option in my head, this was the dress I wanted for her special day. When I finally got it in the mail, I tried it on her immediately. It fit her like a glove, and she looked so beautiful in it. I got her shoes from The Children’s Place, and her tights are from Target. We had Minnie Mouse clips, so I took a solid black headband, and clipped the clip to the top to make it a makeshift Minnie Mouse headband. Done and done!
As a memory for Olivia to have when she is older, we created a time capsule for her. I wrote up a sign on my laptop (which I forgot to print out!) and my friend Stef found the perfect notebook! We created a little table at the entrance and everyone signed it. I cannot wait to show it to Olivia when she is older so that she can be reminded that she is so loved.
We were so grateful for the turnout. We were surrounded with all of our friends and family, good food, delicious dessert, a ton of presents (mainly all toys, lucky girl!) and the Disney Pandora station playing in the background. It was a perfect day to celebrate our daughter’s first year of life.
Even though I’m drowning myself in all things wedding, I still have a plan for her 2nd birthday in the back of my head. I don’t want to give away the theme just yet, but just know that I have one! We’ve decided to have her second birthday be a little smaller, and held at our house, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t make it as personal and homemade as I can!
Thank you for indulging me by letting me share these pictures with all of you!
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