Does anyone else greet Baby’s first year mark with hands waving like an Olympic marathoner? Don’t you want to shout, “We made it!!”
We celebrate because not only has our little one survived all the fun milestones that come in those first twelve months, but he’s full of dimples, toothy grins and great slobbery kisses. Our first year as parents of FOUR has been so fun. I’ve never felt so blessed to be a mother. As part of the fun we decided add a mini table to our celebration.
My color palette of greens and whites were inspired by the thought of tender green bamboo shooting up toward the sky. That’s how babies grow isn’t it? Inches by the day? One moment you’re cradling them in the crook of your arm as a tender seedling and the next they’re crawl-racing across the floor, growing roots and branches out the windows! For the table cover, I picked up a few lovely fat quarters from the fabric store and stitched them together into a nine block. A little ironing and I had my own custom table cover in the perfect hues.
One of our traditions for first birthdays is an ice cream cake. This year I tried my hand at making it. It was way easier than I imagined and SO yummy!! We rounded out the deliciousness with mini brownie trifles, pearl embellished spritz cookies inspired by my friend Emily at ReMarkable Home, a fresh crunchy crudité, simple mini-Bundt Smash Cake and Lime Sparkler to drink. Toss in a beautiful cluster of spring tulips and hanging Tissue Paper Poms and I felt like we were having quite the swanky affair! Every selection was super simple and fun to make, which is important when you’re celebrating baby. I wanted my attention to be focused on our newest arrival in One-derland.
I think my favorite parts of the table are the black and white pictures of my little guy throughout his first year. Pictures speak volumes about his growth and the joy he has brought into our lives. Those sweet lips and round cheeks, that soft baby body! I can’t stand it! I picked up those darling pots with interchangeable ribbon holes from Target’s dollar section, tied in some green ribbon, filled them with split pea lentils and clipped the pictures onto lollipop sticks with some cute clothespins I found at Michael’s.
Sweet, simple and easy: what a great party should be. Happy Birthday, my little man. I look forward to watching you grow and delight us for years to come.0