Friday, February 11, 2011

One. Year. Old.

Charlotte is one.  1.  Wow.  I don't know how it all happened so fast.  One minute she's learning how to suck, swallow and breath.  The next minute she's climbing off the coach and pulling down the dvd player.  Oh, how quickly she's growing up...

Family photo on Charlotte's first birthday.
We had two birthday celebrations for Charlotte.  The day after Christmas, we had a family brunch at our house.  The Christmas tree was still up but I insisted that her presents were not covered with Santas or snowmen.  I made a mini monkey cake and topped it with a little pink candle.

Here she is with her monkey cake, candle and all!
nom nom nom
Toys!  She has since destroyed some of these stacking blocks.  :)
Then almost a month later (I needed that long to recover from the holidays), we had another mini celebration for the neighborhood kids and friends.  Most of the families that came are part of my "Real Housewives of CV" group.  We're a group of working moms that meet every week for Sangria and reality TV.  They're my life line.  They keep me sane (and sometimes tipsy).  And they have the most lovely families.  More on them later, I'm sure.

Okay, Princess Party.  For Charlotte.  Mommy went only a little overboard.

I read a LOT of party/ event planning/ pretty things blogs (mainly, and they are always feature some kind of pretty dessert table.  So I felt slightly obligated to also feature a dessert table at the party.  I made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, yellow cupcakes with vanilla frosting, white chocolate princess lollipops (which was SO FUN), and I even made Charlotte's cake!

Here's a side view of the dessert table.  Notice the super cute Cricut banner I made using the Birthday Bash and Once Upon a Princess cartridges.
Here's a shot of the polyhedron that I made (tutorial can be found here) to decorate the door way.  There were two of these giant pink ones hanging from the ceiling.
Here is the birthday cake, complete with castle candle.  This is the very first layer cake I've ever made and decorated.  A little rough but I don't think Charlotte noticed.

And here is the tower of cupcakes.  These are all yellow cupcakes with pink frosting (middle tier) and cream cheese frosting with pink sprinkles (bottom tier). 
We set up the front courtyard for the festivities.  I made goody bags filled with crowns, inflatable swords, blinking wands, and princess themed rubber duckies (all from for the kids to play with during the party.  I decorated the boy bags with a frog prince and the girl bags with a little princess (made with the Cricut of course).  We also placed a cardboard castle in the courtyard for all the little kids to color and play in during the party.

Waiting for the party to start.

Frog seeking princess for kiss...
Princess here.  But no kisses.  Not for a long time.  VERY long time...
Welcome to the Party!  The top part of the sign was made using the Cricut.  The bottom part is just a sticker page that each child also got in her goody bag.
And of course, there was lots of cake and play involved.  

Charlotte wearing her fairy wings and crawling in and out and around the castle.  The castle is now sitting in our dining room.
She got cake all over her face - but not nearly as bad as I was expecting.  I think she was too tired to get too out of control.
yeah cake!
Cousins in the castle!

Yeah B family!  So adorable!
Mother and daughters!
Sleeping baby...shhh....
Overall, I think the party was a success.  I know that Charlotte won't have any memory of the day.  But there will be photos and it's a good trial run for when she really does remember.  :)


  1. I've heard such great things about Cricut. I want one so badly! But, i don't have the $$$. Happy birthday to Charlotte. Pretty name, Pretty smile, Pretty baby, Beautiful Family. You've been blessed sweetie. Her party looked great. I'll need ideas for my goddaugthers 1st birthday coming up in June. Man, don't they grow up too fast. I know that OH TOO WELL my first baby she'll be FOUR years old and I have a newborn just ONE month old. (=

    Have a beautiful weekend and Happy Aloha Friday!

  2. Happy birthday, Charlotte, and congratulations on the beautiful party, Mama! I love the frog and princess gift bags--what a cute idea. We're having Jackson's Kyiv party next weekend, so here's hoping your post inspires me to get going!

  3. Happy Birthday Charlotte! Wow,what a great party! Well done. Christopher had blocks just like those when he turned one!

  4. Van, it is SO BEAUTIFUL! I love your dessert table -- all those cakes!! And the goodie bags are adorable. Clearly the kids enjoyed them too. :) Charlotte looks so much bigger!

  5. Thanks for all the lovely comments, ladies. Ash, good luck with your goddaughter's party planning. And doing that with a one month old?! Crazy! Ali, can't wait to hear about Jackson's Kyiv party!!! Mrs. P, glad to know I'm doing something right if you got your boys toys like that! And Ms. Karen, come visit me!!! Charlotte would to see her Morse auties and uncles!

  6. You have such a beautiful family. And Charlotte is a doll!

    I'm also highly jealous of your working-moms, reality-TV group. What a wonderful resource!

  7. I love all of the fun decorations you made for your sweetie's party! Very creative and simply adorable!

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